Here is how it all began…
I was online searching for bowling snack recipes. The internet is a wild and wonderful place to entertain your secret (not really secret) chocolate fantasies!
I happened upon Kevin & Amanda’s blog, where they have incredible pictures (and a recipe of course) of their Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bars.
My heart skipped a beat.
Chocolate chip cookies with…
AND Fudge Brownies?
All in one recipe?
SIGN ME UP!
I couldn’t wait to get started! If you follow my posts on Facebook, you know I made these bars and they ended up on the floor. How is THAT for an Imperfect Kitchen? :-) I think my floor tiles were hungry and convinced gravity it should pull the pan off the counter and land face down on the floor. At least that’s the story I’m going with… it couldn’t possibly be because I’m a bit of a clutz. HA!
Not to be defeated, I made another batch! THIS version came out even better than the first and not just because it didn’t end up on the floor! I cut the recipe in half and modified it for my chocolate-loving self… err.. my bowling team’s tastes. Yes. That’s what I meant. I’m doing this for my bowling team. :-)
Start with all this stuff…
Put the butter in a bowl…
Add sugar, vanilla and an egg…
Mix in the flour, baking soda and salt. When it’s all combined, toss in the chocolate pieces. Don’t forget “quality control” and take a chip for yourself! Mmm… chocolate!
Spread the cookie dough in the bottom of an 8×8 pan, that’s lined with wax paper and sprayed with cooking spray.
Layer Oreo cookies on top of the cookie dough. I used Double Stuff Heads or Tails Oreos.
Now, whip up a batch of your favorite box brownie mix. You could use your own recipe too. I am a “Ghirardelli Girl” and used their Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix for this batch. Kevin and Amanda recommend adding a 1/4 cup hot fudge topping to boxed brownie mix to give in an extra chocolate boost! Since I was already using Triple Chocolate Brownies, I left it out of this batch. When the batter is ready, pour it over the cookie dough and Oreos. Goodbye beautiful Oreo…
Cover them completely and smooth out the top!
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.
This is what they look like when they are done! YUM!
Now let’s take a peek inside at the Oreos!
It looks like some of my Oreos tipped over during the baking process. At least this batch didn’t end up on the floor! Thankfully, they taste incredible, even with crooked Oreos!
Here is my version for you to try at home. (Because I know you want to!)
Chocolate Chip Cookie and Oreo Brownie Bars
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
5 TBLS light brown sugar
1/2 TBLS vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups All-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1 pkg Double Stuffed Oreos
1 box regular brownie mix (or use your favorite recipe)
1/4 cup hot fudge topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and both sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer until they are well blended, about 3-4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt, then slowly add into the mixer until the flour is just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread the cookie dough in the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish that has been lined with wax paper and prayed with cooking spray. Top with a layer of Oreos. Mix together brownie mix, adding an additional 1/4 cup of hot fudge topping. Pour the brownie batter over the cookie dough and Oreos. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.
If you are making brownies for a crowd, you can double this recipe!
I had extra brownie mix left-over, so I broke in my new mini-muffin pan! You can not let brownie mix go to waste. Ever.
It’s a double win! I have brownies AND chocolate chip oreo brownie bars. It doesn’t get any sweeter than that!