Recipe Courtesy of www.CookieClubRecipes.com
Category: Desserts, Cookie Balls, Cake Pops
Prep Time: 45 Minutes (plus chill time)
Level: Baking Experience Helpful
Yield: 40 - 50 Cake Pops
Cake pops and cookie balls make wonderful bite-size treats any time of the year for young and old alike. Here is a delicious recipe with easy decorating ideas for how to make cake pops for any holiday or occasion. Choose whatever flavors and colors you desire and have fun! :o)
To make cookie balls, simply omit the lollipop sticks. We promise they will still be decadent!!!
1 box milk chocolate cake mix, prepared and baked
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
2 pkgs. candy melts, vanilla and pumpkin spice flavors
1 pkg. of 50-count lollipop sticks
Holiday candy decor
Semi-sweet mini-chocolate chips
(For very SMOOTH cake pops, add 1 T. of vegetable oil to the melted candy coating.)
How to decorate cake pops for the holidays?
Decorating List for Holiday Flavor and Color Combinations
Here's a few more ideas I've come up with for you to have fun with!
Birthday Cake Pops - Use confetti cake mix, white candy melts, and multi-colored sprinkles.
Valentine's Day Cake Pops - Use strawberry flavored cake mix and pink candy melts, or white candy melts with pink sugar crystals.
St. Patrick's Day Cake Pops - Use yellow cake mix with green candy melts and gold edible glitter.
Easter Cake Pops - Use white cake mix with different pastel shades of candy melts such as yellow, light pink, light blue, mint green, and lavender.
Fourth of July Cake Pops - Use white or red velvet cake mix with red and blue candy melts, and holiday star sprinkles.
Fall or Halloween Cake Pops (as featured) - Use white, chocolate, or orange flavored cake mix with orange or pumpkin spice candy melts.
Thanksgiving Cake Pops - Use white or chocolate cake mix with orange or pumpkin spice candy melts, and green or orange sugar crystals.
Christmas Cake Pops - Use white, chocolate, or red velvet cake mix with red and green candy melts, or vanilla and chocolate with piped icing of the opposite color, or chocolate sprinkles.
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Remove cake from oven. Spread condensed milk over cake while it's still warm.
Stir to combine cake and milk until well blended. Move cake mixture to a large mixing bowl if needed.
Use a cookie scoop, spoon, and/or hands, to form mixture into balls. Place on wax paper and add lollipop sticks. (Tip: Melt some of the candy coating and dip the lollipop sticks in just enough, about an inch, so that it will act as a glue for the cake pops. Works great!) You should get about 40-50, depending on the size you make, and how often your family sneaks into the kitchen for a taste! ;o)
Cover and freeze cake pops for 2-3 hours.
Prepare candy melts as directed. Use a separate bowl for each type of sprinkle you want to use. This will make it much easier to dip the cake pops and catch any extra sprinkles that fall (if you shake them on by hand).
Dip cake pops into melted candy to cover completely. There are several ways you can do this. You can dip them and roll to cover when the coating is very melted. Just keep turning till cake pop is covered.
You can spread the melted coating around the cake pop with a spoon, smoothing it out as you go.
If desired, sprinkle, dip, or roll covered pops in holiday candy decor or mini-chocolate chips.
If using two different color coatings, you can also coat with one and drizzle with the other. (To drizzle with the second color, reheat if needed.)
Set decorated cake pops top side down on serving plate, mini-cupcake wrappers, wax paper, or something to hold sticks upright. Allow to set for 10-15 minutes.