Recipe courtesy of Melody Pratz

No-Bake Cake Pops

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When 13-year-old Melody from Wellington, FL, set out to create a recipe using Hawaiian rolls for our America’s Best Kid Cooks Contest, she knew she wanted to make dessert. “The texture was already cake-like, so I just built off of that idea,” she says. Melody loves baking, but she didn’t have to turn on the oven for these cake pops — they’re no-bake!
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 35 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: about 32 cake pops
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse 12 rolls until a fine consistency.
  2. Make the frosting: In a separate bowl, beat the softened butter and cream cheese with a mixer for 2 minutes, or until creamy. Add the confectioners' sugar and beat until combined. Then, add the grated coconut to the frosting. Lastly, add in the salt, coconut extract and almond extract. 
  3. Mix the pulsed rolls and frosting together until combined. (You may have to blend 2 to 3 extra rolls and add them in to get your desired consistency.) Roll the mixture into small balls and place in the freezer for 15 minutes. 
  4. Melt the white chocolate chips, then stir in some food coloring if you want. Dip cake pop sticks in the white chocolate and insert a stick into each cake ball. Freeze for 20 minutes, or until hardened. Remelt the white chocolate and fully dip the cake pops. Return to the freezer until set, about 20 minutes.