Sweet and Salty Brownie Cake Pops

Craving something sweet and salty?  Try these easy Sweet and Salty Brownie Cake Pops for a yummy treat everyone will love!

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I have always had a weakness for sweet and salty snacks.

A little sprinkle of sea salt or fleur de sel on ice cream, apple crisp or even on these chocolatey brownie cake pops can make something ordinary, extraordinary.  The combination of sea salt and Dove® Dark Chocolate is one of my favorites.  It’s a match made in heaven.

Cake pops are a fun and easy treat.  My kids love these.  As much as kids love them, adults love them too.  It can actually be a fun little baking project with the kiddos.   They are quick to make thanks to a box of your favorite brownie mix and Dove® Dark Chocolate.  They are a fun little treat for your next weekend barbecue.  Who can resist cake or in this case a brownie on a stick?  Great for portion control as well.  Now if I could only restrain myself to eating just one.

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Speaking of which, these store great in the freezer.  If you only need or want to make a few, you can store the rest of the balls in a freezer safe container or bag until you are ready to make the rest.  Once you have a craving for more, simply pop a few out of the freezer and let them thaw slightly.  They defrost fast.  Add a lollipop stick then roll them in the creamy melted Dove® Dark Chocolate and crushed pretzels.  Sprinkle them with a little sea salt for the final touch.

Just talking about these makes me crave one.  Thankfully I have a few in my freezer!

If you don’t have lollipop sticks you can simply roll these in the Dove® Dark Chocolate, top with the pretzel and salt and make them into little brownie bites, or truffles.  How cute is that?

Instead of taking a batch of brownies to your next gathering with friends or family, gives these little bites of Dove® Dark Chocolate sweet and salty brownie cake pops a try!  They make a yummy treat everyone will love!

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Sweet and Salty Brownie Cake Pops

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 32 brownie cake pops

Sweet and Salty Brownie Cake Pops

Ingredients

  • 1 family size box brownie mix (for a 9x13 pan)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 bag Dove Dark Chocolate, unwrapped
  • 2 cup pretzels, crushed
  • 1-2 teaspoons fleur de sel or sea salt
  • Lollipop sticks

Instructions

  1. Prepare brownies per packages instructions. Cool completely.
  2. Remove brownies from pan and place brownies in a food processor and pulse a few times until crumbly.
  3. Place crumbled brownies and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix until well combined. Chill mixture in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  4. Make tablespoon size balls and place on a large wax or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Freeze balls for about 45 minutes.
  5. Melt chocolates using a double boiler or microwave in 30 seconds intervals. Let melted chocolate cool slightly.
  6. Insert lollipop sticks into balls. Dip in chocolate, letting excess drip off, then roll in crushed pretzels. Sprinkle with fleur de sel or sea salt. Set back on baking sheet.
  7. Repeat until all balls are done then place in the refrigerator until chocolate hardens.
  8. Store in air tight containers until ready to serve.
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S’mores Blondies

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What is summer without s’mores?  Nothing beats a warm summer night, sitting by the campfire roasting s’mores.  The popular s’mores have turned into tasty treats that don’t require a campfire.

Whip up a batch of these warm and gooey s’mores blondies for your next picnic.  They start with a layer of blondies that combine crushed graham crackers and topped with marshmallows and chocolate.  If you love s’mores and s’mores desserts, you will want to make these.  Careful, they are very addictive!

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Lofthouse Sugar Cookies
Jam Squares
Key Lime Cookies
Pistachio Wedding Cookies

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S’mores Blondies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 12-16 servings

S’mores Blondies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate squares, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt until combined and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat butter and brown sugar. Stir in vanilla then eggs one at a time. Gradually stir in flour mixture until combined.
  4. Spread in prepared baking sheet and bake on the center rack for 30 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl toss marshmallows and chocolate. Sprinkle on top of blondies and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Serve warm or cool completely and store in an airtight container.
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Peppermint Bark Brownies

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I couldn’t resist sharing one more holiday recipe, especially after I created these Peppermint Bark Brownies.  These chewy homemade chocolate brownies are simply divine.  Top them with white chocolate or if you are lucky to find Candy Cane Candy Melts at the craft store, you have one amazing brownie.

I had this crazy idea when I was tossing ideas around for making peppermint bark and I thought it would be a great combination with brownies.  Indeed it is.  What I also love is  you can easily swap out the peppermint extract for vanilla extract and use any flavor of candy melts.  I like to use an entire bag of candy melts so you get a nice thick layer of bark on the brownies.  For fun you could even do a layer of melted milk chocolate.  Let that harden, then top with the candy cane layer.  You should know when you are cutting these, the chocolate may crack a little like in the pictures, but I think it just adds to the character of these brownies.   Just use a sharp knife and if you cut slow, most should remain intact.

If you are a fan of my Nutella Brownies, meet the chocolate version.  These always hit the spot, even if you are in the mood for just a brownie without the bark topping.  They can be easily made in one bowl and the end result is an irresistible brownie perfect for any occasion. 

From my family to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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peppermint bark brownies

Melt butter and semi-sweet chocolate squares in large microwave safe bowl or double boiler. 

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Add in sugar. 

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Peppermint extract. 

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Eggs. 

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Flour and saltStir until combined. 

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Pour into prepared baking pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes.  Cool, top with melted chocolate and place in refrigerator until chocolate hardens. 

peppermint bark brownies

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 4 ounce semi-sweet chocolate squares
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Peppermint Bark Topping
  • 10 ounce Wilton Candy Cane Candy Melts -OR-
  • 10 ounce white chocolate morsels or candy melts
  • 2 tablespoons crushed peppermint candies or candy canes
  • 1-2 drops peppermint extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in a large microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals or using a double boiler.
  3. Stir in sugar, then peppermint extract and eggs.
  4. Gradually stir in flour and salt until combined.
  5. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until tester inserted in the center of brownies come out clean. Cool completely.
  6. Melt candy melts in a medium microwave safe bowl or double boiler. Spread evenly on top of brownies. Place in refrigerator until top hardens.

For chocolate brownies substitute peppermint extract for 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

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Nutella Brownies Revisited


Today I’m hitting the MT archives.

A little over a year ago I posted a recipe for Nutella Brownies that were a huge hit.  Have you had a chance to try these?

Since then they have become one of my most popular recipes.  I can totally understand why;  they are incredible.  

I have recently updated the photos for these and launched my YouTube video series with these amazing Nutella Brownies.  

The only bummer is the video is a tad dark as we have to shoot in the evenings when I have some “mother thyme”.  I’m sure as we continue these videos we’ll work out those little kinks.  

I hope you enjoy my first video on these fabulous and delicious brownies.  We are already preparing the next video (hopefully with better lighting) that should be posted next week.  If there are any past recipes you would like to see me create in my videos series please let me know, I would love to hear what you would like to see in upcoming videos.  



If you recently started following me and haven’t had a chance to check out the older recipes I have shared I hope you take a moment and revisit the recipe for Nutella Brownies.  If you love Nutella or even brownies you definitely need to give these a try.  

Chocolate Chip Biscoff Blondies


I used to have an excellent memory.  There was a time when I didn’t need to write things down.  I could recite my grocery list, remember a phone number,  and appointments.  I don’t know if its age, having kids or just a lot going on but I just don’t remember things the way I used to.  If I don’t jot something down when I’m thinking of it, there is a good chance I’ll forget my thought.  

Its funny on things I do remember.  I remember the birth of my kids like it was yesterday,  I remember what is exactly going on on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and I remember the day I heard about Biscoff Spread.  It was actually while reading my Twitter stream over the summer.  I thought to myself what is this Biscoff that is all the rage?  Off to Google I went to investigate Biscoff.  Biscoff is Europe’s alternative to Peanut Butter is what I found it is in a nutshell.  I was familiar with the cookies, crunchy and delicious perfect with a cup of tea.   

Who knew how hard it was going to be to find Biscoff spread!  I almost ordered it on Amazon until one day about a month or so ago while I was browsing at Christmas Tree Shoppe to my surprise I found Biscoff…cookies.  Sure it wasn’t the spread, but just to see something Biscoff got me all excited.  I grabbed a couple packages happy to have my hands on something Biscoff.   This gets better.  That very same day when I was at the grocery store guess what I found when I wasn’t even looking?  Yep, Biscoff!  I couldn’t believe it.  I stopped in my tracks and looked at it in amazement.  You would have thought I was in front of the crown jewels.  So without question, I grabbed a jar of this much anticipated Biscoff spread.  

It took me almost a month to finally open the jar. Oh. My. Goodness.  This stuff is fabulous.  I could eat the entire jar with a spoon.  Where has this stuff been all my life?  If you have tried Biscoff before, you know I’m not crazy.  

My mind starting swirling with the possibilities I could make with this.  I have a list of goodies I can’t wait to make but I thought for my first recipe I would make a Blondie because who doesn’t like a Blondie?  To add a little texture and crunch I added a layer of Biscoff cookie crumbs to the bottom.  

 My pantry will no longer be without a jar of Biscoff.  It is pure goodness all whipped up in a delicious spread perfect for sandwiches, crackers, a spoon or these Blondies!


Chocolate Chip Biscoff Blondies


Ingredients
1 cup Biscoff cookie crumbs (about 12 cookies)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup Biscoff Spread
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a 8″x8″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In a small bowl combine cookie crumbs and 2 tablespoons melted butter and stir until butter is blended with crumbs.  Evenly spread crumbs on the bottom of baking pan pressing firmly.  Bake in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes just until set.  Remove from oven and cool slightly.

Meanwhile in a large bowl cream together unsalted butter and sugar using an electric mixer or by hand.  Beat in eggs, followed by vanilla and Biscoff Spread until mixture is creamy.  Stir in flour, salt and baking powder until all combined.   Fold in chocolate chips.   Spread mixture on top of cookie crust.  

Bake on the center rack for 33-37 minutes until cake tester comes out clean.  Cool completely on wire rack.  


Egg Nog Blondies


If I wonder why my jeans are getting a litte snug it’s because of dangerously delicious Egg Nog Blondies.  

I’m feeling a little guilty for eating almost this entire batch, but trust me you want to give these a try.  I am trying to convince myself not too feel to bad because I used light egg nog;  like that really helps in the midst of chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and brown sugar.  In the end, these are worth every bite.  I’ll just tell my twins to run around a little more to help me burn off some more calories.   


Let’s talk a little about these perfect treats as to my lack of willpower when it comes to eating these, or any sweets for that matter.  I had got a bit of egg nog to have on as I do every holiday but also with the intentions to create a delicious dish or two since egg nog is such a traditional holiday beverage.  My Pumpkin Brownies/Blondies (or as I have named them, Pumpkies) were popular this fall.  I wanted to create a holiday blondie and this combination was turned out fantastic.  It has the perfect hint of egg nog, it’s not overpowering.  If you serve these to guests, they will be pleasantly surprised of the flavor since these don’t scream egg nog when you look at them.  These are good just plain, but with the addition of a white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and walnuts makes these a treat that will be hard to keep on hand.  


The texture is between a brownie and cake.  Its not as soft and light as cake, but it is not as hard and chewy as a brownie.   It is soft, moist and delicious.  The perfect dessert to serve for a holiday gathering!   


Enjoy!


Egg Nog Blondies

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg

1/2 cup egg nog (light or regular)

1/3 cup chopped walnuts 

1/3 cup white chocolate chip morsels

1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels


Directions

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.  Spray an 8″x8″x2″ pan with cooking spray and set aside.


In a medium bowl sift flour, baking powder and nutmeg and set aside.  Using an electric mixer cream butter and sugar.  Stir in egg and egg nog until combined followed by flour mixture until blended.  Stir in chopped walnuts, white chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips.


Pour in to prepared baking pan and bake for 32-36 minutes until cake tester comes out clean.


Cool on wire rack before removing from pan and cutting.  


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Pumpkies – Pumpkin Brownies

 
Pumpkies?  When I was creating my plan for the week of recipes I was going to test and share I had set in my mind I wanted to do a Pumpkin Brownies but I got it stuck in my head calling it a Pumpkie.  I know, silly, right?   But I can’t actually call these brownies since they aren’t brown but they are somewhat the consistency of a brownie.  I think its a cute little name for these little guys.  Call them Pumpkies or call them Pumpkin Brownies, I just call them good!
 
They are soft and chewy, a perfect pumpkin treat.  I was going to dress them up a little bit either by adding something in them or possibly a cream cheese frosting (oh my) but I left these simple.  A simple, pumpkin brownie, wait I mean Pumpkie.  
 
Enjoy!
 
What you need
Butter
Sugar
Egg
Pumpkin puree
All-purpose flour
Cinnamon
Ground ginger
Nutmeg
Salt

Step one: Cream butter and sugar.
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Step two:  Add in egg and pumpkin.
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Step three:  Add in dry ingredients.
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Step four:  Spread in baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Pumpkies - Pumpkin Brownies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Pumpkies - Pumpkin Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease or line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Using electric mixer cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add egg, pumpkin puree and mix until combined.
  4. In am small bowl mix flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Gradually add into wet ingredients until just combined.
  5. Spread into baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until cake tester comes out clean.
  6. Cool pan on wire rack before cutting.
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Nutella Brownies

Who doesn’t love a soft and chewy brownie?  It is the perfect little 2 inch square snack to fulfill any chocolate craving.  The only problem is, its hard to eat just one.

You know when you make a fresh batch of brownies and they are sitting in that brownie pan, you cut that first little square.  You leave the knife in the pan and you come back and cut a little more.  Before you know it a huge chunk of brownie has disappeared.  I think we are all guilty of being a brownie thief.

If you are a ooey, gooey, chocolate brownie lover and have never tried Nutella Brownies before you need to try this one.  You may, just may have found a new love in brownies like I have in this recipe.   These are  so simple to make, and simply delicious.  

If you haven’t tried Nutella in a brownie before, try this recipe and let me know what you think.  I made these and I didn’t even tell people they were made with Nutella (until later of course) and they didn’t know.
Nutella Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: PT30-37M

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12

Nutella Brownies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl combine flour and salt and set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer blend butter until light and fluffy. Mix in sugar, eggs, vanilla and mix well followed by Nutella and stir until mixture is creamy. Stir in flour mixture.
  4. Pour into a greased 8-inch square brownie pan and bake for 30-37 minutes. Cool pan on wire rack.
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Watch the video to see how easy these are to whip up and enjoy!

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