Do you like rich brownies?
Do you like Oreos?
Do you like the sound of combining them into over-the-top outrageous brownies?
If you answered yes, you’ll want to give these Outrageous Oreo Brownies a try.
Sometimes it’s possible to improve on the classics by combining them into something new and wonderful yet comforting and familiar all at the same time.
And leave it to Ina Garten, of Barefoot Contessa fame to do it in a big way!
When I got the idea to combine oreos and brownies, a quick search of the web revealed that she had published a recipe for Outrageous Oreo Crunch Brownies in the July 2003 Issue of O Magazine.
Since then several wonderful food blogs including Cookie Madness, Culinary in the Country, and Cookies on Friday and countless recipe sites have followed suit, either with Ina’s exact killer brownie recipe or variations of it. It’s hard to argue with success!
Ina’s Outrageous Oreo Crunch Brownie recipe is a variation of her recipe for Outrageous Brownies published in her original The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, where she gives credit for her inspiration to the SoHo Charcuterie Cookbook and its recipe for Chocolate Globs.
Ina’s recipe makes a huge (12×18-inch pan) of Oreo brownies, not necessarily a bad thing. But since my family is small, I opted to divide the recipe in half and bake them in a 9 x 13-inch pan instead. (That’s why some of the amount look a bit strange – i.e. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sugar.)
I live with a couple of Oreo lovers who gave these brownies a strong thumbs up. However, they require some advanced planning since they are best cooled and then chilled in the refrigerator before cutting and serving.
If you’re short on time, you can always make a batch of Easy Oreo Brownies instead. Just stir 1 to 2 cups of chopped Oreo cookies into your favorite prepared box of brownie mix before baking. Most people love brownies and don’t care if they began in a box.
The Barefoot Contessa Outrageous Brownie Mix tastes like brownies from scratch and is available at many specialty shops and high end grocery stores.
I also like Ghirardelli Chocolate Brownie Mix, which is more widely available and less expensive.
Outrageous Oreo Brownies Recipe
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1-1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
2 cups chopped Oreos (16 to 20 cookies)
1.Preheat the oven to 350F degrees (180 C). Line a 13×9-inch metal pan with foil that extends beyond the pans edges on at least two sides and spray the foil with cooking spray.
2. In a large heavy duty pan over very low heat, melt the butter, chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate, stirring constantly. Remove pan from the heat before the chocolate is fully melted and continue to stir until it is melted and smooth. Allow to cool slightly.
3. In a large mixing bowl stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee granules, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and cool to room temperature.
4. Whisk 1/2 cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl until it is well blended then add it to the cooled chocolate mixture.
5. In a medium bowl toss the chopped Oreos with the remaining 2 tablespoon of flour. (This is supposed to help prevent the Oreos from sinking to the bottom of the pan.)
6. Scrape the brownie batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly.
7. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted about 3 inches from the center comes out clean. Do not overbake!
Remove from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool, then cover the brownies and chill them in the refrigerator.
8. Lift slab of brownies from the pan and cut into desired size and shape. (Since these Outrageous Oreo brownies are rich, I like them cut into small squares.)
Makes one 9×13-inch pan of Outrageous Oreo Brownies.
More Great Brownie and Cookie Recipes
Chunky Chocolate Cookies – chocolate cookies full of chunks of chocolate, nuts and dried fruit
Easy Chocolate Ganache Topped Brownies – easy brownies made from a mix, topped with chocolate ganache
Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Espresso – the name says it all. Easy chocolate drop cookies that turn out rich and chewy
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