Panini Pops!

by on August 12, 2009

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I don’t know why I didn’t try this sooner!

Do you follow Bakerella and her ridiculously cute cake pops? Her creativity is truly boundless, I always look forward to see what cuteness is coming up next. It was her venture into pie pops earlier this month that sparked an idea in my head – if you can bake little pies on sticks, why not little sandwiches?

Assembling the sandwiches

These were incredibly simple to make. The main concern is ensuring enough “adhesive” (a.k.a., cheese) to hold the bread and lollipop sticks all in place. I went with a shredded Mexican blend because I knew it would melt well without becoming too goopy. Crumbled bacon and chopped chives added flavor without disrupting the stickiness factor.

Cutting out the pops

I opted to grill the sandwiches first and then cut out the shapes while they were still hot – the edges stayed nice and clean and the cheese was still melty enough to grip the sticks. I got two cutouts per sandwich, so there were plenty of leftover ends for my toddler (“More!” “More!” “Samwich!”) and I to devour. The only issue was that the cookie cutter got really hot really fast, so if you’re planning to try this as an activity with kids I’d highly recommend only using cutters with handles.

This was fun! Next time I’ll have to figure out how to add on some little faces…this could turn into a whole new level of panini “happiness”. 🙂

Panini Pops

Panini Pops

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandie August 12, 2009 at 3:14 pm


How cute are these, you panini-rella! Bakerella does the cutest things, and it’s fun to see your panini-inspired ideas (love the heart-shaped cutouts). Panini-on-a-stick sandwiches would be great to serve at our block-party potlucks—I just know they would be a HUGE hit!
.-= Sandie ´s last blog ..Fix It Fast, From Scratch! (Recipe: Williams-Sonoma Blueberry Muffins) =-.


2 Courtney aka glamah August 12, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Nice. I saw the pie pops and am doing that for an event later this month. Love pops!


3 sara August 12, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Adorable! These look awesome. 🙂
.-= sara´s last blog ..BBA Challenge: Ciabatta, Cinnamon Buns, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Cornbread =-.


4 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) August 12, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Cute, cute, cute! My grandkids will love these.
.-= Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog ..Fish sauce (Recipe: Thai beef salad) =-.


5 HappyTummy August 13, 2009 at 3:40 am

terribly cute! i just wrote a post on how mini-anything is all the rage right now. never thought about sandwiches! love the pops.
.-= HappyTummy´s last blog ..Tuesdays with Dorie: Brownie Buttons =-.


6 Sara @ Our Best Bites August 13, 2009 at 8:54 am

Ha! Adorable! Those would be so fun for a party!
.-= Sara @ Our Best Bites´s last blog ..Grilled Stuffed Zucchini =-.


7 grace August 13, 2009 at 9:49 am

aren’t you clever! i always say that food on a stick is infinitely more appealing than any other, and this is no exception! bravo!
.-= grace´s last blog ..row, row, row your boat =-.


8 Kristen August 13, 2009 at 11:57 am

If I’ve said this once, I’ve said it a million times… you are one brilliant chick 🙂 LOVE these!
.-= Kristen´s last blog ..Impressing the In-Laws (Recipe – Oven Ham Sammies) =-.


9 Maris August 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Why are you SO CUTE!? I love these!! And I WOULD but I don’t have kids to make them for. My 26 year old friends and I would probably devour them all the same 🙂
.-= Maris´s last blog ..To the East side =-.


10 nancy August 13, 2009 at 3:09 pm

sooooooooo cute! will try that for sure.


11 Mags August 13, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Talk about boundless creativity! Bakerella’s got nothing on you girl. Those are adorable.
.-= Mags´s last blog ..Italian Bread (Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge) =-.


12 amanda August 13, 2009 at 5:53 pm

these are super cute!
.-= amanda´s last blog ..Cheesecake Brownies =-.


13 Laura August 13, 2009 at 7:08 pm

OMG – I have been a secret admirer of yours for quite some time, but this, this, well, I bow down at your feet!

I love the creativity you put into the paninis you create, it fits very well into my own ideas of being thrifty but enjoy those luxurious ingredients… the beauty of them is that you only need a little bit for a huge impact.

Great stuff

– Laura
.-= Laura´s last blog ..Blog-Adoration =-.


14 Meaghan (chic cookies) August 13, 2009 at 7:38 pm

These are great! I posted a link on my edible crafts column at (
.-= Meaghan (chic cookies)´s last blog ..this cookie is movin’ on up =-.


15 Holly August 13, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Awesome. I’m going to make these for my boys soon.
.-= Holly´s last blog ..The stingy monster tore apart the angelic fellow, or Mini fruit tarts. =-.


16 veggie wedgie August 14, 2009 at 2:14 am

So pretty! Love the grill marks!
.-= veggie wedgie´s last blog ..Fruity Green Smoothie and Greek Bananas(Yay!) =-.


17 Veronica August 14, 2009 at 3:13 am

.-= Veronica´s last blog ..Slush med uvanlige smaker =-.


18 Olga August 14, 2009 at 6:51 am

Adorable!!!! Would be great for a cocktail party.
.-= Olga´s last blog ..Daring Cooks: Rice with mushrooms, cuttlefish and artichokes =-.


19 Heidi August 14, 2009 at 8:41 am

What an awesome idea! I love all these mini things people are making nowadays.
.-= Heidi´s last blog ..On lemon macarons and macaron-less adventures in Paris =-.


20 Jen @ MaplenCornbread August 14, 2009 at 9:04 am

What a super cute idea!!!!
.-= Jen @ MaplenCornbread´s last blog ..Latticed Southern Peach Pie =-.


21 smita August 14, 2009 at 10:01 am

Amazing!!!! Great for kids parties.
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22 Brenda T. August 14, 2009 at 8:12 pm

How totally fun! I’m thinking these would be super cute to serve at a baby shower I’m co-hosting next month. And I’ll be heading over to Bakerella to check for more ideas for “miniaturizing”–get it? The baby (who is small) needs to have “small” snacks! Great idea!
.-= Brenda T.´s last blog ..What’s On Your (Meal Planning) Mind? =-.


23 lo August 17, 2009 at 7:33 am

Oh, wow — these are just adorable.
And sammiches on a stick — who can resist? (of course this is coming from the girl who just indulged in “everything” on a stick at the state fair… :))
.-= lo´s last blog ..Wisconsin State Fair: FOOD =-.


24 Lori @ RecipeGirl August 17, 2009 at 7:39 am

soooo cute! I’ll bet your little girl loved these things. The problem… you’ll never be able to make ‘normal’ grilled cheese sandwiches ever again 🙂
.-= Lori @ RecipeGirl´s last blog ..Browned Butter Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies =-.


25 Mindy August 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Awesome! I need to break my panini maker back out now that we’re home…my daughter would love these!
.-= Mindy´s last blog ..Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes! =-.


26 RobinSue August 18, 2009 at 4:09 am

And it is the best part of the sandwich – the inside soft gooey part! Very cute!
.-= RobinSue´s last blog ..Restaurant Depot =-.


27 Sagan August 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm

This is a fantastic idea! So cute. They would make for great little appetizers. I love the pie-pops too.
.-= Sagan´s last blog ..Guest Post: Handing in my stripes =-.


28 The Food Hunter August 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm

very cute
.-= The Food Hunter´s last blog ..My Secret Obsession with Bread Making =-.


29 Nicisme August 25, 2009 at 1:40 pm

So cute!


30 Ann Claire June 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

These are adorable. I love ’em!
Ann Claire´s last blog post ..Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cups


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