I actually wanted to title this post, “Don’t drink wine and shop the bakeware section of Amazon,” but I didn’t. After a few glasses of wine and zero motivation to work productively, I was the proud owner of a NorPro cake-sicle pan. It looked like a good idea and the end result was tasty, but be prepared for a little trial and error. Or, maybe after this post, you’ll be all set.
The pan looks like this:
The idea is that you slip the popsicle sticks into the cookie or cake (Rice Krispie treats work too) after it’s baked. It would have to be a pretty dense cake, I would imagine, in order for the popsicle stick to stay put.
We used the Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie recipe since we have these ingredients on hand nearly 365 days per year. It took an experimental batch to determine how much dough to put in the pan, because there isn’t any guidance given on the pan box. With this recipe, filling the molds about 3/4 full seemed to be about right.
Any less would cause the cookie popsicles to become too flat, which is great for more even cooking, but extremely difficult to shove a popsicle stick in to. I would suggest baking a popsicle or two first, to determine the right amount for your recipe.
The thicker cookie popsicles tended to cook too quickly around the edges and stay gooey in the middle. Try not to shove the popsicle stick too far into the gooey part, otherwise, the stick will bust through the center. I broke a lot of the thinner cookie popsicles. Translation: There was definitely a graveyard.
To avoid the graveyard, it’s best to bake the cookie popsicles until they are firm, but not too crunchy to shove a stick into. Insert the popsicle stick when the cookies are warm, but be careful not to burn yourself.
We decided to jazz up the cookie popsicles by applying the world’s best melted fondant recipe to ONE SIDE. Don’t try to be a genius and dip or go double-sided. The popsicle stick might slip out and you’ll make a huge mess. I made a huge mess experimenting with this that took hours to clean up. Plus, the recipe is so sweet that one side is just fine.
Sprinkle with coconut, almonds, sprinkles or whatever you have available. Let the fondant set before holding the popsicles upright. The time it takes to set depends on how much poured fondant icing you use.
Voila! They were really good, actually. The abbreviated instructions:
- Bake in a cake-sicle pan
- Insert stick while warm
- Add sprinkles
- Let dry
I might use white chocolate fondant and make ghosts for Halloween. Click for more cookie recipes.