Friday, January 21, 2011

Making Brownie Love Pops & Heart Shaped Brownies with Children: Kids Craft Project #14 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

A Perfect Valentine's Day Gift or Treat
Making Brownie Love Pops & Heart Shaped Brownies with Children
Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up
Heart Shaped Valentine Brownie made by 3.5 year olds
Brownie Pop Decorated with Icing & Heart Sprinkles made by 3.5 year olds
Supplies Needed:
  • 1 Box Brownie Mix (we used Betty Crocker which called for 2 eggs, vegetable oil, and water)
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Wilton Heart Shaped Silicon Molds
  • Wilton Brownie Pop Silicon Molds
  • Wilton Brownie Pop Sticks
  • Spatula
  • Container of Icing at room temperature
  • Various Types of Sprinkles
  • Wax Paper
  • Non Stick Cooking Spray
Time Needed:
20 minutes to prepare
~25 minutes to cook (Cooking times vary. Read the instructions on your brownie mix box)
At least 1 Hour to Cool
15 minutes to frost and decorate

What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven according to brownie mix directions.
  2. Prepare brownie mix according to box directions.
    Our supplies
    I can smell the chocolate!

    We like to mix!

    Batter is ready!
  3. Spray non-stick spray into each baking mold.

  4. Using a measuring spoon, scoop out batter and place into each mold, filling about 2/3 of the way to the top.
    We overfilled a few but no disasters!

    These will be the Brownie Love Pops.
  5. Wipe away any stray batter that didn't make it into the molds!
  6. ADULTS ONLY! Cook for 15 minutes and then insert a stick into each of the brownie molds. Put back in oven for remaining cooking time.

  7. ADULTS ONLY! Remove fully cooked brownies from the oven and set on a cooling rack for at least one hour.
  8. To remove brownies from the molds, gently put pressure on the bottom and sides of each mold. The brownies should easily loosen and pop out.

  9. Eat one to make sure they're perfect LOL!
  10. Using room temperature frosting, gently apply frosting to the entire top of the heart shaped brownies. For the brownie pops, apply frosting to the top 1/3 of the pop.
    I did this one so I used a knife. A child can use a metal spatula, or the back of a spoon.
    Frosting applied to top of brownie pop.

  11. Cut off a foot of waxed paper (or use a large paper plate) and pour out your sprinkles in separate mounds.

  12. Turn the frosted brownies upside down and dip into the sprinkles of your choice.
    Dipping into heart shaped sprinkles.

    Dipping the frosted brownie pop into the sprinkles.

    It's a beauty!

    She approves!
    Picture perfect!

Helpful Hints:
  • Measure all ingredients for your child and then let him put the ingredients into the mixing bowl. 
  • Crack eggs in a separate bowl so you can remove any shells.
  • Use a deep mixing bowl so that the batter remains in the bowl after mixing! 
  • Make sure your frosting is at room temperature so it spreads easily. 
  • This is a great opportunity for hands-on learning. Let your child decide what portion of the brownie should be frosted and which sprinkles to use!
  • Take some photos so you can talk about the project later. My kids were so thrilled with what they'd done they talked about it for 2 days! My son kept saying "Mommy, did we really make that?" and "Can I have another brownie?"
Why We Love Crafts for Kids & Cooking with Kids! Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

Associated Educational Activities:

And now a word from SeeryusMama:
Read "How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You" by Jane Yolen.  Sometimes our kiddies are just stinkers (or is it just me?).  Reading this sweet story about the naughty dinosaur over a Brownie Love Pop, could it be more perfect?  
Thanks SeeryusMama! Not only is she a blogger extraordinaire and all around nice person, she's also a librarian!
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