I had wanted to try my hand at cake pops. They sounded like something fun to make for a kid’s birthday party, or some special event. One of my neighbors asked me if I’d be willing to bake something gluten-free for a fund raiser at the local elementary school. We used to call them bake sales but this was an elaborate event so they were trying to have lots of various things available for families to sample. That was just the excuse I needed to buy the cake pop form and 100 sticks! I had about 20 brownies in the freezer from the holidays. So, I crumbled up the brownies and made brownie pops!
It was so easy, I felt a little foolish. I don’t really think you need the form–you can just roll a generous tablespoon of the dough in your hands. You do need to insert the sticks, and the form helps with that a bit. What I found most helpful was having a place to stand the pops up once they were formed and after they were dipped in melted chocolate. That was crucial to keeping them well shaped while the chocolate solidified. I wrapped each in a square of plastic wrap tied with a small bit of ribbon. They looked very festive.
I found that these were fun to make, quick and easy too! At the event, I was approached by a mom who wanted to thank me for contributing a gluten-free item. She said often she couldn’t taste anything unless it was what she brought because of being celiac. We talked a bit and I made a new gluten-free friend.
This is a fun recipe and I know you will have fun making them with you kids. Enjoy!
- 1 batch gluten free brownies (http://gfbakingfree.com/learning-to-bake-gluten-free/)
- ½ container of gluten-free icing or small batch of homemade chocolate icing
- 3 cubes of chocolate flavored dip also called almond bark (gluten-free chocolate for dipping)
- sprinkles or chopped nuts for decorating
- In a large bowl, crumble brownies into a fine crumb--I used the food processor for an even crumb.
- Add about ½ a tub of prepared icing or about ¾ cup of homemade buttercream icing. Mix well.
- Place in fridge for several hours.
- Roll by hand a generous tablespoon of mix and place in press--or roll by hand firmly to make a nice tight brownie roll.
- Dip pop stick in melted chocolate and firm;y push into middle of pop.
- Allow chocolate on stick to cool.
- Melt chocolate bark in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. Dip each pop one at a time into the melted chocolate and then in decorations. Place in drying rack (or foil covered foam) by inserting stick end. Makes 18-20 brownie pops.