It was my little guys Teacher Appreciation Day at school this week and parents are asked to bring something in for the teachers, as a thank you for all their hard work. As a wife of a part-time Professor, I can only imagine the amount of work our teachers do for our kidlets. We sure do appreciate them around here! As I typically make healthy snack choices when we bring in treats for the class, I throw that rule out the window for the teachers. They deserve a few sweets now and then! So this year I decided to try my hand at Apple Brownie Cake Pops. I have never made a cake pop before but did my research and decided I was going to take it on. Since it was Teacher Appreciation week, I figured what better symbol than apples, right? So here's what I did to make my Apple Brownie Cake Pops.
Things you'll need:
2 bags of red Candy Melts
Cake pop sticks
pretzels (for stems)
green Air Heads (for leaves)
Strofoam (to hold pops up)
Flower pot (optional)
Construction paper (optional)
Graham cracker crumbs (optional)
I started by making the brownies and allowing them to cool over night. Use any brownie recipe you like, homemade or from a box, doesn't matter.
Next, I crumbled all the brownies up into tiny crumbs. The outer edges of the brownie were hard (which I think is the best part of the brownie), so we ate those parts. I melted a tablespoon of butter and poured it over the brownie crumbs, stirred it until combined and started making balls. Roll up equal size balls and place them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and put them back in the fridge.
Leave them there for about an hour and then you are ready to insert your sticks. Take about 1/2 cup of melted red candy melts per brownie recipe (approx. 20 brownie balls). Dip your sticks into the candy melts, about 1 cm up stick, and push the stick into a brownie ball. Place pop back on cookie sheet and continue with the rest of the balls. Once you have all the pops constructed, put them back in the fridge to harden.
While they are hardening, construct your display/holder for the pops. I used a flower pot. I cut Styrofoam to fit my pot and then placed a piece of construction paper over the foam and poked starter holes for my pops. They are now ready for the pops, but not quite pulled together yet, we'll get to that in a minute.
Once you have that ready you need to prep your pretzel 'stems' and Air Heads 'leaves'. Break your pretzels into stem shape and use kitchen scissors to cut out leaf shapes from the Airheads. Once your sticks have hardened, melt the remainder of candy melts.
Get your brownie pops and one by one dunk pop straight down into the melts, covering the balls all the way up to the sticks. Tap the excess coating off by gently flicking the end of the pop stick. Immediately attach your 'stem' and 'leaf'. Place in Styrofoam and continue with remainder of pops.
Once complete, refrigerate.
Before you are ready to serve pops, I sprinkled some graham cracker crumbs on top of the construction paper to resemble dirt and I added a lady bug for cuteness ;)
Viola! You've made a brownie pop!
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