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Brownie Holi-Pops – Just About the Cutest Recipe I’ve Ever Seen

It’s the time of year when the traditional cookie recipes come out of the recipe box, and I start baking up a storm.   Many of these recipes I have made since my childhood and my mom and grandmother made before me.  But, I always like to try something new too.

I was recently asked to demo three cookie recipes for a local Twin Cities TV show.  I dug into the Land O’Lakes recipe files and came up with two of our all time most requested during the holiday season recipes, Best Ever Butter Cookies and Sparkling Butter Toffee Cookies.  These are wonderful, delicious, traditional cookies to make during this cookie baking time of year.  For the third recipe I decided to take a little risk, here was my chance to try something new – Brownie Holi-Pops.


Brownie Holi-Pops are featured in our 2010 holiday recipe brochure, Merry and Bright.  The entire recipe brochure can be downloaded here.  We also have a gluten-free version of the brochure, which you can download here. The reason I chose this recipe is the “cookies” are just about the cutest cookies I have ever seen.  They are so adorable they can be used to make a darling centerpiece just like in the photo above.   They are also a recipe that your kids can help make and it can be done in steps over a couple of days if your hours are filled with other holiday related activities like shopping and wrapping.

The first step which can easily be done a day or two ahead is to make a pan of brownies.  Start by heating your oven to 350ºF.  In a 2-quart saucepan combine ½ cup butter and 2 ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly so the chocolate doesn’t burn, until melted.

Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla and salt.

Make sure everything is mixed well.

Spread the batter evenly into a greased 8-inch square baking pan.

Bake for 23 to 27 minutes or until the brownies just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.

Cool completely.  Making brownies is that simple.  If you are making this recipe over a couple of days you can cover the brownies at this point and continue the next day.

If you are ready to keep going the next step is to crumble the cooled brownies into a large bowl.  This is definitely something your kids will enjoy helping with.  I just broke the brownies into pieces over the bowl and kept rubbing the chunks of brownie between my fingers until coarse crumbs were formed.

Next melt the remaining ¼ cup butter and 1 ounce chocolate in a small saucepan.  Add this mixture and the powdered sugar to the crumbled brownies and mix well.

Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls.  This is a step the kids can help with.

Place the balls onto a waxed paper-lined jelly-roll pan or tray.

Cover with plastic food wrap and refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours or overnight).   It’s time to dip the balls in candy coating!  Melt vanilla and/or chocolate candy coating according to the package directions.  Working with about one-third of the balls at a time (keep the others in the refrigerator) insert a lollipop stick into each ball.  Push the lollipop stick into the ball so that the end is about in the center of the ball.  You can purchase lollipop sticks at craft stores and some grocery stores.

Dip the balls into the melted coating, swirling or tapping off excess coating.

I found it helpful to use a spoon to drizzle the coating over the ball to get the places that dipping didn’t quite reach.

Sprinkle with holiday nonpareils, jimmies and/or other decorator candies.  Push the lollipop stick into craft foam and let stand until the coating is set.  If you don’t have any craft foam you can place the balls onto waxed paper, they just won’t be quite as round-shaped because the coating may pool under the balls.

Aren’t these just the cutest cookies?  Have fun making a centerpiece with these as the stars!  Won’t your guests think it’s fun to eat the centerpiece?  Now, I will admit these are a little putsy to make but when made spread out over a couple of days it was not a big deal.  And, they really aren’t difficult to make at all.  I think the cute factor is worth the extra effort.  Oh, and by the way they taste good too!

Go out on a limb, take a risk and try something new along with all your traditional favorites this holiday season.  Please rate and review Brownie Holi-Pops if you give it a try and I’d love to hear any comments about your experience making them. We also have a gluten-free version of this recipe available.

Becky Wahlund is the Director of the Test Kitchens for Land O'Lakes and writes for our Recipe Buzz® Blog.


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Can these be made a few days ahead? If so, how do I store them? Covered and in the fridge?
Thank you.

Posted Sep 22 2013 by Grace Y.
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Yes, you can make these pops ahead of time. I suggest you store them in the refrigerator in a loosely covered container and in a single layer in that container.
Posted October 04, 2013

I made these brownie holi-pops as christmas gifts for my children's teachers. Instead of using a box, I purchased plastic christmas cups to decorate them in. Make the brownie holi-pops first. Next, I made 2 different types of fudge - one plain chocolate and the other white peppermint chocolate (crushed peppermints blended in). I also cut wide strips of wax paper to place into the cups before pouring in the fudge. (this will serve as handles to pull the fudge out of the cups) Layer into the cups the following: 1 strip of wax paper, chocolate fudge - let cool; a circle of wax paper (to separate the two types of fudge); then layer the white peppermint fudge on top - let cool; now insert the brownie holi-pops into the fudge. I topped the cups with red & green m&m chocolate candies. The teachers loved them. Everything was edible except the cups & sticks. This recipe is a keeper.

Posted Dec 27 2010 by Becky

Sounds to me like I need to have a little talk with the judges :) Pretty exciting to win best of everything. Looks like they were a hit even if the judges didn't think they were a cookie.

Posted Dec 20 2010 by Becky

I made these for a cookie contest at work. They won best of everything but were disqualfied as not being real cookies! Couldn't believe it!

Posted Dec 17 2010 by Carol

And, not only are they cute but they're delicious as well! I had a lot of fun making them and look forward to hearing about your experience. Happy Holidays!

Posted Dec 13 2010 by Becky

Cutest idea/recipe I have seen; would like to make these for the holidays.

Posted Dec 13 2010 by Kathy

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