Oreo-stuffed Brownies

Zara:
Twist, Lick, Dunk.
What comes to mind when you mention these famous 3 words?
Oreos are lovely bundles of cream-filled joy encased in a nice crunchy biscuit sandwich, and I’m sure that everyone has experienced the fun/embarrassment of blackened teeth after an afternoon snack of oreos! Oreos will always be the ultimate childhood food to me as I spent so much of my childhood having fun with these treats – be it licking the creams off the biscuits or just dunking the whole biscuit into a nice cold glass of milk! It doesn’t matter HOW you eat your oreo, what matters is that you DO eat it  (while savoring every single crunchy AND creamy bite!). 
Oreos are the quintessential snack food to me, but has the thought of adding oreos to your favourite dessert ever crossed your mind? I bet it hasn’t… I was mindblown when I came across a recipe that involved adding oreos to one of my favourite desserts in the whole wide world: fudgey brownies! The result of this wonderful combination was a fudgey yet chewey brownie that hid an awesome surprise right in the middle of each and every piece! The experience of adding oreos to brownies has opened up a whole new world of oreo-filled desserts for me to try my hand at! Imagine all the already yummy cakes/bars/cookies there are in the world, but with oreos in them! WOAH. MINDBLOWN.
Oreo-stuffed Brownies 
Adapted from Sing For Your Supper
Yields a 9×13 inch tray of brownies. 
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips
2 package Oreos (Double Stuffed is highly recommended!)
Preheat the oven to 180 degress Celsius. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan.
In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl (or in a saucepan set over low heat) melt the butter. Add the sugar to the melted butter and stir to combine.
Return the mixture to the heat (or microwave) briefly, just until it’s hot, but not bubbling; it’ll become shiny looking as you stir it.
*Heating the mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.
While the sugar heats a second time, beat the eggs, cocoa, salt, baking powder and vanilla extract until smooth.
Add the hot butter andsugar mixture, stirring until smooth.
Add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth.

First layer of brownie

Oreos nicely arranged on top of the first brownie layer

Spoon half of the batter into the greased pan. Place the Oreos in even rows across the batter (as many as you can fit). Pour the remaining batter over the Oreos and gently spread to the edges of the pan.

We absolutely love the nice cracky crust of the brownie!

Bake for about 35-40 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the brownies for at least 10 minutes before serving.

See the surprise in the middle of the brownie!

I was literally shaking with excitement as I cut into the brownie, as I couldn’t wait to check out how the oreo layer turned out! Luckily, the brownie-oreo-brownie layer turned out even better than I thought it would! The brownie was nice and fudgey, just the way Elisa and I like our brownies, and the shiny crust on top of the brownie was definitely a plus point (as many store-bought brownies are lacking that lovely and slightly crisp crust). Oh, thinking about the brownie now is making me hungry. The oreo in the middle of each piece of brownie was definitely a welcome surprise as the cream filling offered a different texture from the richness of the brownie, and the biscuit offered just the slightest bit of crunch (the biscuit softens from the baking in the oven). I would gladly bake this again right now, if I had the time/ingredients as although its a pretty easy recipe, the result is just so lovely! Someone will write poems about this brownie one day, I can foresee it. Elisa and I will definitely be on the lookout for more oreo-stuffed dessert recipes from now on, so keep reading our blog for more oreo goodness :)



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