Making a House a Home

Best Brownie Ever June 17, 2011

Filed under: Foodie — gregandlisa @ 6:03 PM

I have discovered a new obsession – trying new recipes. Previously, I would find a few favorites, and eat the same things in a rotating manner. However, I’m discovering a whole new world that includes Pinterest and food blogs, especially this amazingly well-rounded woman (a foodie who used to be a personal trainer – what?!) who has a super cute blog title, How Sweet It Is. She is the amazing creator of the “Triple-Layer-Cookies-and-Cream-Crunch-Bars” that I consider to be the best brownie ever.

Here are the necessary ingredients. I altered her recipe very slightly by using Special Dark cocoa powder, a mix of white and whole wheat flour (1 cup white flour, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour), and Double Stuf Oreos instead of regular.

You mix most of these together and press Oreos into the batter like this:

Bake it for a bit, then add another layer of wonderful goodness

Chocolate chips! And…

more Oreos!!!! Bake for a few more minutes, while melting chocolate chips with peanut butter…

Then you get to pour this melty wonderfulness over the baked awesomeness

Spread it all over – this is very important, don’t leave open spaces!!!

The worst part is that you need to let it cool for 2 hours before you can eat it!

Look at all those luscious layers… brownie, Oreo, melted chocolate…they are amazing. Greg and I shared them with his mom, and some of our OT classmates and I think the overwhelming opinion was a resounding “YES PLEASE”!

Here’s the amazing recipe (with my alterations – for the real one, click the link above).

Triple Layer Cookies and Cream Crunch Bars

makes 9-12 bars

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons cocoa powder (Hershey’s Special Dark)

2 cups chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter

20 Oreo cookies (Double Stuf!)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8 x 8 cake pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then add remaining teaspoon of vanilla. Add in cocoa powder and mix until combined. Add flour and salt, mixing well until batter is smooth and comes together. Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

Spread in the 8 x 8 pan. Sink 9 Oreo cookies into the batter and press gently. Bake for 25-30 minutes. While baking, crush the remaining Oreos in a ziplock bag. When brownies are finished baking, remove from the oven and sprinkle with 1/2 cup chocolate chips and crush Oreos. Place back in the oven for about 2-3 minutes. During this time, melt remaining chocolate chips and peanut butter together. Remove brownies from oven and pour melted chocolate mixture over top, spreading with a spatula. Make sure chocolate gets down into the Oreo crevices, as it is the “glue” that holds the top to the bottom. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

Let brownies sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before cutting. Don’t worry if some of the cookies spill out from the middle or the top cracks – they are still delicious!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s