Brownie Pops

We threw a surprise birthday party for Hubby’s mom last weekend. It was a lot of fun and I think she was completely surprised – I’m pretty sure she’ll never trust us again! I had seen these in my Google Reader some time ago and knew they’d be perfect for the party.

So first I set out to find the molds. The Michaels nearby didn’t have the pan, so I decided to just order it online (NOTE: since then, I have seen them at my Michaels). Once the pans came (I ordered two), I did a test batch and froze them. I’m glad I did the test batch. It proved that the brownies would freeze well and also reinforced my love for Ina’s brownies.

I then made the full batch of brownies about two weeks before the party and froze them. Then the day of the party, Hubby and I dipped them in the candy melts and sprinkles. We had a nice system going. He would put the sticks in then I’d dip the tops and add the sprinkles. I didn’t dip directly into the sprinkles because I had 80 pops. Instead I just sprinkled a few sprinkles on the tops (as you can see in the pictures, the few that were dipped directly into the sprinkles took on a LOT of sprinkles!).

I used green, yellow and chocolate sprinkles to go with the color scheme I had used in the invitations that I designed. To display the pops, I got a yellow and a green flower pot from Michaels and a foam insert used for silk flowers. This worked well since the brownie pops were quite top heavy. Without the support, they probably would have fallen or tipped over.

These were a big hit at the party. You really can’t go wrong with this recipe of Ina’s. It’s actually the same base recipe as the one for the Oreo brownies that I love. These brownies are amazing and are definitely my go to brownie recipe.

Heavenly Chocolate Brownies on a Stick – from The Cupcakery – Adapted from Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies – this made 80 brownie pops for me
1 pound unsalted butter
1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 extra-large eggs – I used 7 large eggs since I had large eggs on hand
3 tablespoons instant coffee powder I used instant espresso powder because that’s what I had on hand2 tablespoons real vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided (1 cup for batter and 1/4 cup in the chips and nuts)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups diced walnut pieces (optional) – I omitted due to allergies in the family

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees

For this project I am using the brownie pop mold pan. For regular brownies which can be cut out with fun cookie cutter shapes, grease and flour a 13 x 18 x 1 1/2-inch pan.

Melt together the butter, 1 pound chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate on top of a double boiler. Cool slightly.

Stir together the eggs, instant coffee, vanilla and sugar.

Stir in the warm chocolate mixture and cool to room temperature.

Stir together 1 cup of the flour, baking powder and salt.

Add to cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts (optional) and 12 ounces of chocolate chips with 1/4 cup flour to coat. Then add to the chocolate batter.

Spray mold with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into prepared mold. I used a cookie scoop to portion the batter. Be careful not to overfill the molds or else it’ll overflow some and your pops will look like hats.

Place the mold(s) onto a cookie sheet and put into preheated oven. Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes, or until tester just comes out clean. Do not over-bake! Mine took the full 30 minutes. To cool them, I flipped them directly only a cooling rack by holding the rack on top of the mold and then flipping them out. Then I threw the mold into the freezer for a few minutes to cool it down before refilling with more batter.

Cool thoroughly!

Process we used to pretty up the brownie pops:craft sticks
candy melts – we used white
sprinkles
foam square – optional

Melt your candy melts per directions on the package.

After the brownies are thawed, use a craft stick (the thicker ones used for cookie bouquets) to poke a hole in the bottom of the brownie pop. Then dip the stick in the candy melts and stick back in the hole. The candy melts will serve as some glue.

Place sticks in foam board to allow to set.

Once “glue” has set, hold pop by stick and dip the top into the candy melts. Apply sprinkles by dipping in sprinkles for full coverage, or just sprinkle with colored sprinkles. I did a few dipped, but most were just sprinkled with sprinkles.

Place back in foam board to allow the candy to set.

Enjoy!

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12 Responses to “It’s good to be back in the kitchen!! Martha Stewart’s Buttermilk Cupcakes with Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream”

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    Jigginjessica — July 10, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    These look and sounds great! Also thanks for the link to the cupcake carrier! I’ve been wanting to buy one for awhile now but didn’t like that Wilton’s only held 12.

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    Cate — July 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Those paper cupcake liners are so pretty! I keep seeing recipes from that book and I really want to get myself a copy!
    Do you think you could add a few extra ounces of chocolate to the frosting without messing up the texture?

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    Erin — July 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I just posted cupcakes from that book today too! And I also have the Wilton cupcake carrier. Not to thrilled with it either, but I got it because I needed something to carry a huge sheet cake in. I would love a double decker.

    Your cupcakes look great, as always! I need to work on my frosting skills. (Hence the reason I posted a recipe that could be frosted in a “rustic” style!)

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    Jen — July 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Jessica – Definitely check out that carrier. Not sure if you guys have a Container Store, but I think BB&B carries it now too.

    Cate – I’m not sure if more chocolate would ruin the texture… Possibly. I was underwhelmed when I tasted the frosting by itself, but when it was on the cupcake, it was really good. The subtle flavor paired really well with this cupcake. I just really prefer my chocolate frosting to be really chocolatey!

    Erin – Thanks! I’m always try to improve my skills. This was the first time I’ve tried the rosette. I usually pipe from the outside in.

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    Ingrid — July 10, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Yay, for packages in the mail and new kitchens!

    I like how you frosted the cupcakes, very pretty. I haven’t made SMBC yet but I’m gonna soon. Sounds good!

    Happy Friday!
    ~ingrid

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    Jennifer — July 11, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I need that cupcake carrier!! Thanks for the link to it!! Ive been on the out look for a great one for a while!

    These are great cupcakes! Well done!!

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    craftybitch — July 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    These look awesome! What icing tip did you use, if you don’t mind me asking?

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    Jen — July 13, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I used my trusty old 1M tip for the frosting.

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    craftybitch — July 13, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Awesome, thank you!

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    Scott W. — July 23, 2009 at 12:34 am

    The frosting is so delicate looking. Just the way Martha Stewart would like it.

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    Little Ewe — July 30, 2009 at 11:59 am

    love the recioes and will definately try them but as i live in the uk please could you give me imperial measures rather than cupa and sticks thanks:)
    Fiona

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    articia — July 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    when I make chocolate SMBC I actually use cocoa powder. I think it gives it a stronger chocolate flavor without messing with the texture. Maybe you could try adding some cocoa powder if the melted chocolate doesn’t taste bold enough.

    also, I saw those snap n’ stack cupcake carriers at my local Meijer and bought 2. they weren’t cheap so as I was driving home I was deciding if I was going to regret spending nearly $50 on the 2 of them, but I couldn’t be happier with them. they’re come in *so* handy.

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