Homemade Cake Pops Are an Easy Just-Because Gift

Dan Langan’s bite-size dessert will wow your friends. Trust us.

February 14, 2020

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Even though we’re firmly past the holiday season, my love language is gift giving, so I’m constantly looking for new ideas to inspire quick, easy gifts for my friends and family. One of my go-tos is homemade baked goods. Cheap, thoughtful and, of course, delicious, sweet treats are a great option, especially when you take the time to make them yourself. Sure, your usual brownie recipe is great and all, but mixing it up with some variation can make you seem like a baking pro. So, when I saw Dan Langan’s Galaxy Samoa Cookie Dough Pops, inspired by an episode of Girl Scout Cookie Championship, on the Food Network Kitchen app, I knew I hit the jackpot. Dan taught me how to turn everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure (don’t we ALL eat cookie dough from the bowl?!) into a fudgy, out-of-this-world dessert that just happens to be perfect for gift giving.

This recipe is simple and to the point, and that’s why it’s so successful. Store-bought chocolate cake mix and frosting work together as the foundation of the cake pops (though you can make cake and frosting from scratch too, of course), and the Samoa Girl Scout Cookies are added into the batter to give it a big boost of flavor. The trifecta of chocolate, caramel and coconut is bound to satisfy any sweet tooth. Like my mom has always told me, “It’s what’s inside that matters!”

While I plan to give away (most of) these cake pops, feel free to do you and make these all for yourself. No judgment here! If you do decide to share, you’re in luck, because the coating of candy melts on the outside hardens when dried, which makes them easy to transport.

Download the Food Network Kitchen app to watch Dan make these cookie dough pops and get the full tutorial, including a how-to for an intergalactic stardust on the outside of the pops! You can also find tons of other ready-to-watch classes available on the app when you download and sign up today!

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