Peppermint Brownie Pops

I’m not a huge fan of cake pops, but brownie pops—I’m a fan. And an even bigger fan of peppermint brownie pops that are holiday perfect in flavor.

I realize there are a ton of Christmas brownie pops and these are almost too simple in design to categorize them as such. But sometimes I like things simple and fuss-free, especially since I’m not too crafty when it comes to cute food.

And to clarify these brownie pops require no crumbing, no rolling and no binding with frosting—just bake, insert stick and dip. Which makes them perfect for me, because I don’t want my brownie crumb smashed and made gummy with frosting. I know I’m in the minority with that description, but I’m particular about texture.

So if you are anything like me, you will definitely enjoy this no-fuss brownie pop recipe and for those of you on the other side–by all means, smash, bind and roll away.

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Peppermint Brownie Pops

Yield: Makes one 8 inch pan

Ingredients:

Brownie

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, sifted
  • 8 ounces melted butter
  • 11/4 cups Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Chocolate Glaze

  • 4oz dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
  • 4-5 tablespoons water, warm
  • 10 Hershey's Peppermint Kisses, finesly ground

Directions:

Preparation

Heat oven to 300 degrees. Grease and lightly flour pan.

To make brownies

  1. Fit mixer with a whisk attachment, place eggs in the bowl and beat on  medium speed until fluffy and light yellow. Add both sugars. Add remaining ingredients, and mix to combine.
  2. Pour batter into greased and floured 8-inch square pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean. Remove pan from oven and cool on a wire rack.

To make chocolate glaze

  1. Place chocolate and heavy cream in a bowl over simmering water. Let chocolate and cream sit for 2-3 minutes to melt without stirring. Then slowly stir mixture to combine.
  2. Add powdered sugar and mix to combine.
  3. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing after each addition until pouring consistency is reached.
  4. Set aside and let sauce cool to warm.

Assembly

  1. Place Hershey's Peppermint Kisses in a food processor bowl and pulse until finely grounded and crushed; transfer to a shallow bowl.
  2. Cut brownie into 1 inch squares. Insert popsicle sticks through the center.
  3. Dip brownie in chocolate and transfer to a wire rack for excess chocolate to drip away. Roll brownie pop in crushed Hershey Peppermint Kisses.

A few notes:

  • The sticks used for these brownie pops are actually wooden ice cream spoons.
  • This is an Alton Brown's recipe and one of my favoriteS. I made no adaptations to the recipe.
  • The brownie pops can be made two days in advance and kept refrigerated. Remove from refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving.
  • And off the subject of food--anyone have suggestions for shooting with artificial lights? The photo above was shot at night, and obviously- shot horribly bad. I'm usually a natural light shooter, but I really need some pointers since natural light is limiting with my work schedule.

Brownie recipe from Alton Brown
Chocolate Glaze by Bakers Royale

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36 Responses to “Peppermint Brownie Pops”

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — December 5, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    What a cute little idea! I’m all for cake pops, but these look nice for a change.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 5, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Everything just tastes better on a stick and these are adorable and decadent all in one!

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — December 5, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    Love the bite sized and “on a stick” aspect of these! And of course, peppermint always makes it better.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 5, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    Hellooooo lovely! These look awesome.

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    Caressa — December 5, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    This might be stupid, but those look like crushed/pulverized candy canes, not the creamy Hershey kisses. Maybe I can’t wrap my head around how to “crush and pulverize” chocolate kisses. A food processor? I’m sorry, I know I might be over complicating this.

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    • Naomi replied: — December 5th, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

      Caressa – You got it – food proccessor!

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    Tricia — December 5, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    You read my mind, I feel exactly the same way about cake-pops, so I must try these.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 5, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    I love brownie pops, these are too cute!

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    ThisBakerGirlBlogs — December 5, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    I only recently got into cake pops (I’m so late, I know), but i never knew you could do it with brownies too! They look awesome – will have to give it a try.

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    Kim — December 5, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

    Pretty much anything on a stick wins.

    Kim

    http://loopsoflavender.blogspot.com/

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — December 5, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    TOO GOOD Naomi!

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    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — December 5, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

    I adore peppermint at Christmas time – I always buy a couple packs of candy canes to eat, decorate and bake with. These brownie pops are adorable!

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    natasha {schue love} — December 6, 2012 @ 12:25 am

    These look SOOO amazingly good! Must try this season!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — December 6, 2012 @ 2:59 am

    After cake pops became the new cupcake I kinda soured on them a bit…I’ll take brownie pops any day of the week.

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    joni — December 6, 2012 @ 4:10 am

    You have a beautiful website with great recipes & photos! Thanks for sharing…

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    Valynn @ Vanillyn — December 6, 2012 @ 5:59 am

    This will be perfect for an upcoming pre-christmas party. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — December 6, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    I’m all about simple and fuss free and these sound pretty perfect.

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    Sarah | Shine Food — December 6, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    Brownie pops and cake pops are a brave new world for me and I am in love! These are so festive and such gorgeous photos!

    We’re celebrating our favorite holiday recipes on the Shine Supper Club this month, and a recipe like this one would be a perfect contribution. I hope you’ll join us!

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    Kala-Dawn — December 6, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Now I know what I am going to make for my friend’s Christmas party! And I can eat the leftover hershey kisses :o)

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — December 6, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    Adorable and delicious! A perfect treat for a Holiday party. I’m with you on the chocolate-peppermint combo. I just posted a fun mousse recipe :)

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    Lola @dressupwithlola.com — December 6, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    I wanna try this! I might try it without the sticks, these are so cute though! XX

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    Sarah — December 7, 2012 @ 12:36 am

    Oh baby. Brownie Pops? Awesome.

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    Noelle {fiestafacil} — December 7, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    Hi! Re. the photo, personally I think you nailed it! Good colour temperature, good shadow, really sharp, looks very festive. And thanks for the brownie pop idea, I seem to make brownies every weekend in December, so I’ll definitely try these!

    All the best,
    Noelle

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    • Naomi replied: — December 7th, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

      Noelle-Thank you so much!:)

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    Christa Kelso Borden — December 8, 2012 @ 12:08 am

    We must have been on the same wave length because I just make peppermint brownies too! I’m craving these all over again. Thanks a lot :) lol

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    SIOBHAN — December 8, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    So cute… I love sweetness on a stick. Going to bake these over the holidays with my little one. Thanks for sharing. Love love your photographs. :)

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    Michelle — December 8, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

    A question about the hershey’s dark cocoa… is it 1/4 cups?

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    • Naomi replied: — December 10th, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

      Michelle-Yes, it is 1 1/4 cup.

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    stacey — December 10, 2012 @ 1:59 am

    Where did you get the sticks?

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    • Naomi replied: — December 10th, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

      Stacey – I got the sticks from Sweet Shop Lulu

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    Mirtha Hernandez — December 11, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    I think these are amazing and prefer this idea over the traditional cake pops. Thanks for sharing! oh, and I actually like the photo.

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    Ashley — December 12, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

    For artificial lighting ideas/tips definitely check out V.K. Rees! She is unbelievable! I’m sure you’re familiar with her but just in case you’re not: http://vkreesphotography.com/ xo

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    Kitty — December 13, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    Silly question, but is the chocolate for the glaze sweetened or unsweetened? Great post!

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