Oreo Cookies and Cream Brownies

I have never been shy about my love for Oreos, both as a cookie and as a baking ingredient.  They have such a unique (and uniquely delicious flavor), that adds a ton of depth to your baking.

I’ve made cupcakes and I’ve made cookie balls.  Both, by the way, you should totally try.  Now I’ve tried to branch out into brownies, which is kind of a no-brainer, and they totally work.

Honestly…these are freakin’ amazing.

Ingredients

Brownies

·        ¾ cup butter

·        ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

·        2 cups sugar

·        3 eggs, brought to room temperature

·        3 t vanilla

·        1 cup sweetened cocoa powder (You could use the unsweetened type and they’ll still be great, but don’t hold back.  These scream for the sweetened type!)

·        1 cup flour

·        ½ t salt

·        2 cups chopped Oreos

Topping

·        2 cups white chocolate chips

·        7 T heavy cream

·        1 t vanilla

·        4 T powdered sugar

·        2 cups chopped Oreos

Directions

Butter and flour a 13” x 9” baking pan and set it aside.

Put the butter and chocolate chips into a large microwaveable bowl and nuke it for 10 second intervals, stirring after each round, until they are melted together.

Take the bowl out of the microwave and add in the sugar.  Mix that with your hand mixer until it’s well combined, then add in the eggs and vanilla and do the same thing.

Next, add in the cocoa, flour and salt.  You may not want to use your hand mixer for this one – the batter will be pretty thick and you might blow out the motor (I’ve done it more than once – it’s annoying and expensive).  That said, if you’re into in, give it a shot.  If not, grab a wooden spoon and mix until everything is well combined.IMG_3952

Finally, take your chopped Oreos and stir them in until they appear evenly distributed (definitely use a wooden spoon here).IMG_3953

Put the batter into your prepared pan and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.IMG_3954

When they’re done, put the baking pan on a wire rack to cool completely.IMG_3955

You’re going to want to wait until the brownies are cool before you make the topping, otherwise the warmth of the brownies will melt the icing.

When you’re ready put the white chips and the heavy cream into a microwave safe bowl and nuke it for 10 second intervals, stirring after each round, until they are melted together.  This is the exact same process you went through at the start of making the brownies.IMG_3960

Once the chips and cream are melted together, stir in the vanilla, just to get it easily mixed in there.  Then add in the powdered sugar and the chopped Oreos.  Since there’s not a ton of liquid in this and what is there will be a bit thick, your final topping will also be thick.  Stir with your wooden spoon until everything is well combined.IMG_3961

Spread the topping onto the cooled brownie base.  Let the topping cool and harden, then cut up and enjoy!  I promise you’ll love these – especially if you’re an Oreo fan!IMG_3965IMG_3967IMG_3976

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