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Brownie Balls Versus Cake Balls: A Valentine's Day Showdown

This weekend, my kids and I set out to make brownie balls with my favorite brownie recipe. Brownie balls are the cake balls’ darker, more mysterious cousin, and they happen to exist because I, personally, don’t like cake balls. I know, right? Am I the only person on the planet who thinks that they are so overly sweet I can feel the diabetes kicking in the minute I take a nibble?

Nothing against the cake ball, though. If you like them, go for it. If you’ve ever seen Bakerella’s cake ball designs, you’ll know exactly how cute they can be. So, I set out to make a cake ball that I was interested in consuming. The answer, of course, was to use one of my favorite standby desserts, the brownie.

Brownies are naturally sticky and gooey, so there’s no need to go adding in extra frosting to get them to stick together. Instead, just cut the pan into squares, give the edges to your edge-loving husband and mash the insides into the perfect cake ball err, brownie ball shapes.

I kept it simple this time, opting for just good ol’ fashioned spheres that I dipped into two colors and sprinkled with a few Valentine’s Day sprinkles, lovingly applied by my daughters while the boys hovered and stole brownie bits.

brownies-cake-ballsBrownie Balls

1 8″ pan of your favorite brownies (I used these dark chocolate brownies)
15-20 4″ sticks (available at Michaels and baking supply stores)
2 cups candy coating melting disks in color of your choice
2 tablespoons sprinkles

Remove outer crust of the brownies and set aside. This can be eaten at any time. Go to town. place the rest of the brownie in a medium-sized bowl. Use a fork to mash it up into crumbles. Grab a small amount and roll into quarter-sized balls. Place a stick in each ball and press around base to hold steady. Place on lined cookie sheet and freeze until firm.

Over a double boiler, melt melting disks or chocolate. You can use a small amount of vegetable oil or shortening to thin the disks for easier coverage, if desired. Dip frozen brownie balls into the melted chocolate, evenly coating. Spin lightly to remove drips and then sprinkle with decorations of your choice.

Stick the sticks into a piece of foam to hold in place while you wait for them to set. When set, you can serve at will.

Makes 15-20 brownie balls.

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