If you want to experience a little bite of heaven, then don't delay in whipping up a batch of these decadently delicious chocolate mint gourmet brownie bites! Yes, you'll have to spend over an hour making these beauties, but it will be love at first bite.
Brownie pops make excellent holiday party favors, fun alternatives to cookies on a stick, and excellent accompaniments to steaming cups of hot cocoa on a cold winter day. My advice - make a triple or quadruple batch to ensure you have enough for the entire holiday season!
Step-By-Step Brownie Pop Making Video
Step 1: Make The Pan of Mint Brownies
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 (1 oz) squares of unsweetened chocolate
- 1 (10 oz) package of Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Combine the butter, unsweetened chocolate, and 1 cup of the Andes mints in a medium saucepan. Melt ingredients together over low heat until completely mixed and melted together (be sure to stir constantly). Remove from heat. Then add sugar, eggs, and vanilla, beating until smooth.
Combine dry ingredients (flour and salt). Stir into chocolate mixture until well blended. Stir in remaining Andes mint chips.
Pour batter into a lightly greased 8" square pan. Bake at 350° F for 32 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pan on a wire rack.
Time Saving Tip: Don't make your brownies from scratch. Instead kick up a standard store-bought brownie mix, by adding 1-1/2 cups of Andes mint chips to the brownie batter just before baking. This is one of the easiest ways to cut down on the amount of time you spend whipping up these delectable brownie pops!
Step 2: Make The Brownies Into Balls
Once the pan of brownies has completely cooled, use a 2 Tbsp baking scoop to gently scoop out balls of cooked brownies from the pan.
Gently reshape the brownies into smooth balls by rolling in your hands. Place the balls on a large baking sheet that has been lined with parchment (wax) paper. Chill balls on baking sheet in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
After chilled, insert a 4" long white craft (lollipop) stick into each brownie ball. Recipe should make about 30 brownie pops.
To make the brownie pops shown to the right, use these ingredients:
- 2 Tbsp shortening
- 5 (2 oz) chocolate candy coating squares
- 4 (2 oz) vanilla candy coating squares
- Crushed candy canes or peppermint candies
Once the holiday chocolates have been chilled, you are ready to give them their chocolate coating. Place the shortening and coating in a glass 2 cup measuring cup. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until melted. Stir until smooth. Dip each brownie pop into the melted chocolate mixture, reheating the chocolate as necessary in the microwave to keep it melted. Replace the chocolate dipped brownie pops on the large parchment-lined baking sheet. Let the pops stand until the chocolate is firm.
Place the vanilla candy coating in a glass bowl and microwave on high for about 40 seconds or until melted. Spoon the melted vanilla candy into a large Ziploc bag and seal it. Snip a small (1/8") whole in 1 corner of the bag. Squeeze the white chocolate on top the brownie bites to encircle the lollipop stick. While the white chocolate is still melted, be sure to sprinkle on the crushed peppermint candies for decorations. For parties, buy some little red gourmet chocolate truffle holders to set each brownie pop in as shown in the photo.
Alternatively, you can use white chocolate to coat the entire brownie ball and then roll it in peppermint candies to create the look shown in the first image of this post. Either way, they'll be delicious!
Another Tip - I crush the peppermint candies (or candy canes) in a large Ziploc bag with either a heavy cast-iron skillet, a kitchen mallet, or a rolling pin.
And voila! That is your ticket to making the most delicious chocolate mint brownie pops you could ever dream up! Just be sure to share!
I came up with these cupcakes when I lived in Knoxville, Tennessee (home of the Volunteers). My family would come over to watch every Vols football game so I needed an orange dessert; hence, All-Vol Cupcakes were born.
They are flavored with orange juice and can be frosted with either whipped cream or my orange juice frosting. It just depends on how big a sweet tooth you have... mine is huge.
Whether you are a Vol or not, I'm sure you will still appreciate this delicious orange juice cupcake recipe. Give them as cupcake gifts to really share the love!
Orange Juice Cupcake Recipe
- 1 C. Sugar
- 1/4 lb. Soft Butter
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 3 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
- 2 C. Flour
- 1 C. Orange Juice
- 2-3 Drops Orange Food Coloring (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together the sugar, butter, and eggs. In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
With mixer on low setting, alternatively add the dry ingredients and the orange juice to the butter mixture. Mix thoroughly for 2 minutes. You can stir in the food coloring now if you opt to.
Bake the cupcakes in a lined muffin pan for 20-25 minutes. Let cool before icing. You can frost these with simple whipped cream or use the Orange Flavored Icing Recipe below.
Orange Juice Frosting Recipe
- 1/4 C Softened Butter
- dash salt
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 T milk
- 2 1/3 C Powdered Sugar
- 1/4 C Orange Juice
- orange food coloring
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly and spread on cooled cupcakes.
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Chex cereal has added new flavors allowing Chex mix to be made in more combinations than ever. With so many Chex mix recipes to choose from, I'm going to need a bigger table.
Original Chex Mix Recipe
- 3 cups Corn Chex® cereal
- 3 cups Rice Chex® cereal
- 3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
- 1 cup mixed nuts
- 1 cup bite-size pretzels
- 1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
- 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, gourmet nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
- Microwave uncovered on high 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.
Heat oven to 250°F. In large bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In ungreased large roasting pan, melt butter in oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in cereal mixture until evenly coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store your Chex Mix in airtight container
Dark Chocolate Chex Mix Recipe
- 4 cups Chex® cereal
- 1 cup pretzels
- 1 cup mini chocolate Oreo cookies
- 1/2 cup M&M chocolate candies (dark)
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
Start with two Ziploc bags. Put the cocoa in one and the confectioner's sugar in the other. Set aside
Melt the dark chocolate chips in a double boiler. Pour 1 1/2 cups of the chocolate in a large bowl. Stir in 3 cups of the Chex cereal. Dump the chocolate covered Chex into the Ziploc bag containing the cocoa. Seal and shake vigorously. Dump this mixture into a large serving bowl.
Stir the pretzels into the other 1/2 cup of melted dark chocolate chips. Dump these into the large serving bowl.
Melt the white chocolate chips in the double boiler. Stir in 1 cup of Chex cereal. Dump into the Ziploc bag of confectioner's sugar. Shake vigorously. Add this to the large serving bowl.
Add the M&M's and mini chocolate covered Oreos to the large bowl and toss making sure everything is separated. Serve.
Chex Mix Is Great For:
- Superbowl Parties
- Baby Showers
Caramel Crispy Chex Mix Recipe
- 4 1/2 cups Rice Chex® cereal
- 4 1/2 cups Corn Chex® cereal
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup candy-coated chocolate candies
- In large microwavable bowl, place cereals.
- In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave brown sugar, butter and corn syrup uncovered on High about 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted and smooth. Stir in baking soda until dissolved. Pour over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
- Microwave uncovered on high 5 to 6 minutes, stirring and scraping bowl after every minute, just until cereal begins to brown. Cool 5 minutes; stir in candies. Spread on waxed paper to cool; break into bite-size pieces. Store in airtight container.
Out of all the Chex Mix recipes that I present in this article, this sweet concoction is my favorite. I have served it at many baby and given as bridal shower favors over the years and it is always a hit!
How To Make Chex Mix
Chex Barbeque Snack Mix Recipe
- 3 cups Rice Chex® cereal
- 3 cups Corn Chex® cereal
- 1 1/2 cups bite-size pretzel twists
- 1 1/2 cups bite-size cheese crackers
- 3/4 cup honey-roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, pretzel twists, crackers and peanuts.
- In medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients until well blended. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated.
- Microwave uncovered on high 7 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on foil or paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.
Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix Recipe
- 9 cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex® or Wheat Chex® cereal (or combination)
- 2 cups bite-size pretzel twists
- 2 cups bite-size cheese crackers
- 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
- 1 package (1 oz) ranch dressing and seasoning mix
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- In large microwavable bowl, mix cereal, pretzel twists and crackers. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on high about 30 seconds or until melted. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated. Stir in dressing mix and cheese until evenly coated.
- Microwave uncovered on high 3 minutes, stirring after each minute. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool. Store in airtight container.
General Mills Gluten Free Chex Rice Cereal
Scoop up a few boxes of gluten-free Chex cereal and make delicious Chex Mix. You can find gluten-free recipes here.
Chex Muddie Buddies Recipe
- 9 cups Rice Chex®, Corn Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination)
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
- In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
- Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Another holiday, another excuse to bake! For those who love to get into the kitchen and create edible gifts (cookie favors) and treats for friends and families; holidays provide all the impetus we need to start mixing, kneading, preheating, and decorating.
Along with the fun, though, comes inevitable tension as deadlines loom, our days get fuller, and we don't have time to do as much as we'd like. This holiday, cut the stress without cutting the taste. Here are some tips for stress-free holiday baking.
Plan out what you would like to bake and take stock of your pantry. What do you need? Flour, sugar, and other staples? Do you need sprinkles, candies, and other extras? Do you need icing bags, decorating tips, or toothpicks? You don't want to be most of the way through a recipe before realizing you're out of butter or that you don't have chocolate chips for your famous chocolate chip cookies. Also make sure you have treat bags, boxes, cookie tins, or other containers to put the finished product in. Make a list and check it twice!
Just as you are preparing your ingredients, prepare your work space. Un-clutter counters and work surfaces. Make sure all of your baking supplies are clean and ready to go. Another pre-baking step to take is to make a list of recipients or events and decide which baked goods go where and how many you will need to make.
Prepare by Pre-Mixing
You need to bake as close to the holiday as possible to ensure fresh cookies, cakes, and treats. But that doesn't mean you have to save all the work for the last minute. In the days before baking day, measure out all your dry ingredients and store in labeled containers. This is like making yourself a bunch of "gifts in a jar" and it will help save you time.
If you are making holiday cookie gifts, you can also make the dough ahead of time and freeze it. When you're ready, let it thaw and then whip up some wonderful goodies.
If you have friends or family members who are willing, get them to help out. It can make the work go by much faster when you have a second pair of hands. Perhaps one of you could mix while the other did the dishes, and switch periodically?
Also, it can be a great idea to include your children. If they are old enough to help, and are actually helpful, have them help you mix, cut out Christmas cookies, and decorate. If you are a bit of a control freak or your children are not ready to help out in the kitchen, then enlist the help of a friend or family member to babysit for you! In exchange for some fresh baked goods, that is.
There is no reason why you should make gingerbread men for this person, chocolate chip cookies for that one, cupcakes for him, chocolate covered oreos for her.
Choose a few favorites and make them en masse. This will cut preparation time and make it easier for you to cook, package, and give. There's a reason why big companies do it, so why can't you?
Host a Cookie Swap
If you have friends who also love to bake, hold a cookie swap party. Everyone makes their favorite or specialty cookie and there is a chocolaty, sugary, decadent exchange. You get to go home with a sampling of other treats.
You have given and received a holiday gift, had a party, and have cut your stress! That's a lot to accomplish in just a few hours.
Hosting a Cookie Swap
Holiday Baking Tips & Tools You'll Need
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Cheat a Little
If you are short on time, why not take some shortcuts? Instead of making items from scratch, use a mix and then doll up the results to make them special. Instead of making a complex recipe, melt some chocolate and dip pretzels, nuts, or coffee beans. Rather than baking, create a gift-in-a-jar and let someone else enjoy the process at their leisure.
Holiday baking doesn't have to ruin the holiday. Enjoy yourself by preparing and simplifying; the best gift you can give yourself and others is to actually have a peaceful, happy holiday.