Chocolate Chip Oreo Brownie Bars

One of the biggest downfalls of being a Pinterest addict is seeing all the fabulous ideas that other individuals so helpfully and conveniently post for your viewing pleasure.

Between the clothes, food, decorating tips, nail polish colors, hair styles… I want to do and try it all.

It’s complete madness I tell you!

It’s no wonder that I have fallen behind in my blogging….I didn’t realize how long it had been since I’d posted a recipe here until Katrina called me out on it two days ago. I actually made these brownies last week, but had them safely stashed in the freezer …. for my own good, of course. 🙂

And while I’ve seen several variations of them floating around between Pinterest, Serious Eats and Google Reader, I decided to go with a recipe that I found on Anna’s site, mostly because she doesn’t utilize boxed mixes like many of the other recipes do. Not that there’s anything wrong with using mixes, I just prefer to not to.

My opinion on these?

Make them soon.

Or now.

Whichever comes first.

You won’t regret it.

Chocolate Chip Oreo Brownie Bars – adapted (barely)  from Cookie Madness

Cookie Base:

1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (5 ounces) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup chocolate chips

9  Oreos (regular, double stuff, whatever you prefer)
Brownie Layer:

6 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square metal baking pan with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray.
Cream the butter with the brown and granulated sugar. Beat in the vanilla and egg and beat just until the egg is mixed, then beat in the baking soda. By hand, stir in the flour until it is incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips. Press dough into the bottom of the pan as evenly as possible. Press 9 whole Oreos directly into the dough.
Wash out the mixing bowl. Add the cocoa powder and oil and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, sugar, and vanilla until smooth; stir in the flour. Spread this batter over the Oreos. Bake on the center rack at 350 for 38 to 40 minutes or until brownies appear set and edges are puffed up. Unfortunately, the toothpick test doesn’t really work here. Cool on a wire rack. When cool, chill the brownies for about 2 or 3 hours. Lift from pan and cut into 16 squares.