Christmas Chocolate Dipped Brownie Pops

What could possible be better than a chewy, fudgey, chocolatey brownie you ask?

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One covered in chocolate.

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Garnished with sprinkles.

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And placed on a stick for easy eating, that’s what.

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These are just about as easy as those chocolate covered oreos, I posted on Friday. These are perfect if you want to make something pretty simple yet delicious and festive! You could easily wrap these up with a little cellophane and tie a ribbon and call it a day and give them to teachers, neighbors, friends, or yourself!

Christmas Chocolate Dipped Brownie Pops

one batch of baked brownies, I used my favorite brownie recipe but if you don’t feel like making them from scratch feel free to use a box mix or already-made store bought brownies

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate (white chocolate, dark chocolate, or milk chocolate would be great too)

1 Tablespoon butter or margarine

sprinkles and additional desired toppings  (like crumbled up cookies, a drizzle of a different type of chocolate, M&M’s, etc.)

popsicle sticks

  1. Bake and prepare brownies as recipe directs. Let cool and cut into individual bars, whatever size you want.
  2. When brownies are completely cut and cooled, melt the chocolate and butter (or margarine) together in a double boiler or microwave, until smooth. I prefer to use a double boiler when I’m dipping things because once the chocolate is completely melted, I can keep it over the lowest heat and it stays smooth and melted, perfect for dipping.
  3. First dip popsicle stick in melted chocolate, then stick popsicle stick in the bottom of brownie, about halfway in. Place brownie on stick on wire rack, with parchment paper or silpat-lined rimmed baking sheet underneath. Repeat with all brownie pieces. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes, or until chocolate is hardened
  4. Once chocolate is hardened on sticks, take brownies out of fridge and dip whole brownie in melted chocolate. Right after each brownie is dipped in chocolate, apply toppings (sprinkles, cookie crumbs, etc.) Once all brownies have been completely dipped and decorated, place in fridge until chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.
  5. Once chocolate is set, remove brownie pops from wire racks and place in tupperware container. I store mine in the fridge, but they would be fine sitting at room temperature as long as your house and environment aren’t too warm. Enjoy!

Christmas Chocolate Dipped Brownies

Random Fact of the Day: In the U.S., more than 10% of lottery prizes go unclaimed

Surprise Brownies!

Who doesn’t love surprises?!

Seriously… I was obsessed with the idea of a surprise birthday when I was younger. Like I literally begged for one. I so desperately wanted one, specifically at Jeepers. Pretty much the slightly above Chuck-E-Cheese type of place all the cool 3rd graders had their parties at.

My parents, of course, told me that I could not have a surprise birthday party. What kind of surprise would it have been if they said I could? Well… I was not satisfied. It was either surprise party or no party.

The big day finally came. I clearly remember sitting on the bus with my bus-buddy, Lauren, talking about our weekends. She said she was going to a birthday party and I was like totally super jealous. And then she said it was a surprise party…and I was ready to just go bananas. Seriously?! Someone is having a surprise party without me?!?! And then I put two and two together. I ain’t no fool. I finally pried it out of her that she was going to my party.

So I came home all excited for my surprise birthday party to come home to my mom not home! Mom belongs at home. Mom is always supposed to be at home. It was Friday. Friday was cookie day. What the heck?

My Dad was home, though, and he told me he had to check out a place for work. Jeepers. And I was like BOOYAH! Jeepers!!!! (Totally forgot about the bus ride home..) It made total sense to me to have a work function for adult people at Jeepers. I mean, hellooooo? It’s freaking Jeepers and gallons of fun. Then just totally out of nowhere my friends popped out screaming their little faces off and somehow…somehow.. I was shocked. I may have even pooped my pants a tiny bit. Kidding. Maybe. I don’t really remember. But I do remember a tear or two come out. And I still, to this very day, don’t know why I was brought to tears by this. Anywho, I loved it and that is my story about surprises.

Wanna see another one of my favorite surprises? Peanut butter in ANYTHING. (except maybe weird stuff like fish or something.) Brownies, peanut butter, how can you go wrong? You can’t. So just do it y’all.

Peanut Butter Surprise Brownies

1 box brownie mix, prepared (Or your favorite brownie recipe)

3/4 cup peanut butter

about 6 oz (1 cup) marshmallow fluff

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray an 8×8 inch square baking pan
  2. Prepare brownie mix as directed on package (or according to your own recipe). Spread just enough batter on the bottom of the baking pan to cover the bottom.
  3. Place peanut butter and marshmallow fluff into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 20 seconds. Stir quickly to combine and spread in a thin layer on top of bottom brownie batter layer. Spread just enough brownie batter to cover peanut butter-marshmallow layer. If you have leftover brownie batter, I always pour mine into a plastic baggy and keep in the freezer until I want to bake individual brownies in cupcake tins and what not.
  4. Bake brownies in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 1 hour, then slice into bars and enjoy! :)

Random Fact of the Day: 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

Week in Review (4/23-4/27)

Monday I shared with you guys a little vent session about babies and teens. I also shared some delicious buttery biscuits! You have GOT to make these biscuits. They are so, so, sooo yummy and extremely easy!!

Tuesday I took the ACT…for the third time. This one was required by our school, though. I promise I’m not some ACT-addicted freak.

Wednesday I shared a recipe that every single person on this planet universe should experience. Yes, homemade cookie butter is THAT DELICIOUS.


Friday I shared with you guys Brownie Explosion Ice Cream. Ice Cream. Chocolate. Brownies. Need I say more?

Random Fact of the Day: On the planet 51 Pegasi B, it rains Iron!

How Sweet’s Better Than Crack Brownies

I have been meaning to try Jessica’s Better Than Crack Brownies for like EVERR. I love her blog so much! Her blog was the first one that I ever really started reading and I’ve been hooked to blogging since. She’s like my inspiration!

Anyways, I was reading the comments the other day on the post…I’m not sure why. It’s not like I’m a usual comment reader but, nonetheless I found myself reading them. There are some pretty interesting (aka. psycho) people on the internet these days. Here are a few of their comments…

This here is from Matt.. “you obviously never had crack”

Dee’s response?, ” lol..i agree:)”

Let’s see more, it gets even greater here folks.
Rick said, “so what happens if you actually put crack in them? better than heroin brownies?”
This one was part of one lady from Brazil’s comment “SO UNHEALTHY! Moreover lots of ready made stuff that we don´t have in Brazil! I Prefer wholesome Brownies that could at least be a LITTLE bit good for the health. No wonder Americans are SO FAT!”
       
Sheesh!! A little harsh, but sadly I guess it’s slightly true.
       
This other person’s response literally made me LOL, “really lady really?? its called being able to indulge every once in awhile…..yes some people overindulge sometimes…but hey whatcha gunna do! its not like we Americans are going to make these brownies and then sit there and eat the whole lot alone! were going to share them with our family and friends you idiot! that way we the bakers will most likely eat only 1 maybe 2…. get over yourself and your stupid brazilness…..boo on you! and who wants wholesome and little bit healthy for you brownies anyway! yuck!!! brownies are meant to be not good for you and delicious!!! duhhh!”
This is another pretty great response, “Brownies exist because people want to eat something really sweet and unhealthy once in a while. Therefore it’s a great idea to put processed candy in the brownies. Maybe you should make a Brazilian website called “How Semi-Sweet It Is” or “Brownies With Reduced Sugar Not Only Look Like Crap, They Also Taste Like It”. And Mrs. Cox, with a name like that, I find it ironic that you are talking about things that are hard to swallow.”
I could seriously read these comments all day and copy them on here but I think it’s just best if you all just go over to How Sweet and check them out…should give ya a pretty good laugh!
I adapted this recipe by converting it to an 8×8 inch baking dish. I also used this brownie mix that I got during post-Christmas sales! It says funfetti, but the candy chips are in a separate package in the box that you mix in separately so I just saved mine for a later use. 

Better Than Crack Brownies

(adapted from How Sweet It Is)

(This recipe was originally posted for a 13 x 9 dish, but I knew that many would be dangerous around myself!)

1 box mix or your favorite brownie mix, prepared

5 peanut butter cups, chopped

1/4 cup salted peanuts

3/4 cup chocolate chips

3/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 Tablespoon butter

3/4 cup rice crispy cereal

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking pan with butter or cooking spray. Prepare brownie mix according to directions on box. Pour half into an 8×8 inch baking dish, pour the remaining half into a plastic bag and you may freeze for later use. It’ll be good for a few months. Bake brownies in pan for 12-15 minutes.
  2. Take brownies out of oven and sprinkle peanuts and chopped peanut butter cups over top, return to oven for 2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt chocolate, peanut butter, and 1/4 tablespoon of butter in heat proof bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between each until fully melted. Mix in rice crispy cereal. Spread mixture evenly over top and place in fridge for at least 2 hours, until set. Enjoy and store extras in fridge!

Random Fact of the Day: The world’s most expensive burger costs $5,000 and is served at the Fleur de Lys restaurant in Las Vegas.

Top 11 of 2011

I know I’m a little behind on this but…whatever! Here you go and check out some of the top posts. Hope 2012 is as awesome as 2011 was!! :)

Your Favorites!

Starting from the 11th most viewed post….

11. Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

10. Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bars

9. S’mores Stuffed Brownies

8. Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

7. Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

6. Funfetti Cake (from scratch)

5. Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting & Filling

4. Individual Crustless Pumpkin Pie

3. Funfetti Cookies (from scratch)

2. Flourless Chocolate Cake (My Second SRC Post!)

1. Tiger Butter (My First SRC Post!)

My Favorites!

These are some of my family’s and my own favorite recipes that we have tried over the course of 2011!

11. Hot Milk Cake

10. Granola

9. Tagalongs

8. Taco Salad

7. Whole Wheat BBQ Chicken Pizza

6. Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

5. Chocolate Cake Roll

4. Flourless Chocolate Cake

3. French Silk Pie

2. Apple Slices

1. Snickers Chocolate Mousse Stuffed Cupcakes

Random Fact of the Day: Your right lung takes in more air than your left one does.