Oreo Brownies: Improv Challenge

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I hope Texas is holding up without me.  I having a great time on this vacation- I may never come back.  But today it is time to take a break from my glorious vacation to talk about some good dessert.  Brace yourself- this one is a doozie.

Who doesn’t love a good Oreo?  I have never met a person who has any negative feelings toward the chocolate cookies with the creamy vanilla filling.  Sure, we may play favorites and like the creme better than the cookie (I refuse to believe no one loves that sweet creamy filling), but there is a general appreciation all around for the glorious Oreo.  And although Oreo will keep trying to come out with wacky new flavors, I always turn to the classic cookie.

What’s better than an Oreo?  Putting an Oreo in a dessert.  I have never heard a complaint about that. Oreos seem to become even more magical when they are warm and baked.

Side Note: If you have never had a deep fried Oreo, you haven’t lived.

This month’s Secret Recipe Club challenge was to make something with chocolate and vanilla.  Two classic dessert flavors. Taking inspiration from the wonderful Oreo, I made these fabulous brownies.   These brownies have double Oreo goodness: first, there is an Oreo baked into a chocolate brownie.  And then you have the chocolate brownie and the vanilla creme on top imitating that wonderful Oreo combo.

These brownies are definitely magical.  Oh so chocolate-y and creamy.  And those Oreos. Mmmm.  And I won’t lie, I did not wait for these brownies to cool completely.  Because I believe that is physically impossible.  Who can wait for a dessert as good as this?  And should we?  No.  No we should not.

Fight for the right to eat desserts.

Also, the use of Double Stuff Oreos is mandatory in this recipe.  The use of Mega Stuff is encouraged.

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OREO BROWNIES
Adapted from Handle the Heat

INGREDIENTS

For the Brownies:
10 tablespoons butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all purpose flour
16-20 Oreos

For the Vanilla Creme:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 vanilla bean
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk

DIRECTIONS

For the Brownies:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a 9 inch by 9 inch pan with aluminum foil.

Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat.  Stir in sugar and cocoa.  Remove from heat.  Let cool slightly.  Mix in eggs one at a time, vanilla extract, and salt.  Stir in flour until just combined.

Place Oreos at the bottom of the prepared pan.  Spread brownie batter on top.  Bake for 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.  Cool completely (if this is humanly possible.  If not, cool mostly).

For the Vanilla Creme:

Combine butter, powdered sugar, vanilla bean seeds, vanilla extract, and milk in a large bowl.  Beat on medium speed until mixed together.  Spread onto cooled brownies.  Slice into bars.

Make sure to check out what everyone else make for this month’s Improv Challenge.  Thanks Frugal Antics of a Harried Housewife for hosting!

Peanut Butter Oreo Bars

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Have you been pondering how I could take those delicious Black and White Bars and make them into a treat that Lindsay Lohan would love? Did you figure it out, or did I stump you?  Can you tell I am little excited that I have my first Two-Parter post?  Tell me your guesses: what treats would Lindsay Lohan love?

No, I am not adding any illegal substances to the Black and White Bars.  Nor do the bars give you the ability to make wise decisions unfortunately.

Here it is: peanut butter and Oreos.

Does it all make sense now?

Hopefully it does, because if you haven’t seen The Parent Trap, your life up to this point cannot have been fully fulfilling.  In that movie Lindsay Lohan bonds with her twin sister/herself over a love of the combination of peanut butter and Oreos.  So what did my young childhood self do immediately after watching that movie?  Eat some peanut butter and Oreos of course.

And it was a life changing experience.  So it was only natural that as an adult when I was left with some sweetened condensed milk that I should add peanut butter to it and pour on top of Oreos.  I only wish Lindsay could make such great decisions like this.

I want to eat these bars and watch the Parent Trap as soon as possible.  With Dennis Quaid.  Mmm.

PEANUT BUTTER BARS
From Cinnamon Freud

INGREDIENTS

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 tablespoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into 1 inch pieces
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanuts
1 cup chopped Oreos
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup peanut butter

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9 baking pan with foil and grease.

In a food processor combine flour, salt, and brown sugar.  Pulse until combined.  Sprinkle cold butter cubes on top.  Pulse until pea sized crumbs form.  Press evenly into prepared baking pan.

Sprinkle white chocolate chips and peanuts on top.  Sprinkle chopped Oreos and top.  Lightly press down.  In a bowl mix together sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter.  Pour sweetened condensed mixture on top, tilting the pan to ensure the sweetened condensed milk fully covers the pan.  Bake for 19-23 minutes, until golden brown on top.

Cool completely and then cut into bars.  Store in refrigerator

Black and White Bars

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I wear a lot of black. And some gray and white. Especially when I am trying to look nice and professional (and hide my true desire to be wearing yoga pants), I always turn to neutrals.

So what do you do when you wear too much black and white? Make desserts to match your outfits obviously. For these bars I took the idea of magic bars, which is basically just pouring sweetened condensed milk on top of sweet toppings, and used my favorite black and white toppings.  And what is one of the best black and white sweets American can offer? My friends, that would be the Oreo. And what is better than just eating an Oreo?  Eating an Oreo with gooey sweet sweetened condensed milk on top.

I think I would eat my first child if they were covered in sweetened condensed milk.

But no worries about that as I am currently not a fan of children (to put it nicely), nor are children often covered in sweetened condensed milk.  Children can sleep safely in their beds tonight without fear of me turning in the the witch from Hansel and Gretel.  I will just eat this dessert instead.

I hope I did not scare anyone away with that eating children comment.  I meant it all in good fun.

Is it really not funny to joke about eating children?  Hm.

Stay tuned for the next recipe that takes these bars and makes them into a treat that Lindsay Lohan would love.  Yes, I will leave you with that gem to ponder.

BLACK AND WHITE BARS
From Cinnamon Freud

INGREDIENTS

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup light brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter, cut in 1 inch cubes
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped Oreos
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9 baking pan with foil and grease.

In a food processor combine flour, salt, and brown sugar.  Pulse until combined.  Sprinkle cold butter cubes on top.  Pulse until pea sized crumbs form.  Press evenly into prepared baking pan.

Sprinkle white chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips on top.  Sprinkle chopped Oreos and top.  Lightly press down.  Pour sweetened condensed milk on top, tilting the pan to ensure the sweetened condensed milk fully covers the pan.  Bake for 19-23 minutes, until golden brown on top.

Cool completely and cut into bars.  Store in refrigerator

Oreo Mousse Pie

I think we all know each other well enough now that I can admit something freely: I am not so crazy about chocolate.  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate chocolate but very rarely crave a chocolatey treat.  I am one of those people whose favorite chocolate is white chocolate.

Every now and then a craving for chocolate hits that must be satisfied immediately.  Now let me tell you a tale of such a time.  It was an innocent holiday party.  The event was slowly coming to an end, and my belly was full of good food.  The desserts were brought out, and since it is rude to refuse any dessert, I took one of each sampling of treats, one being an chocolate mousse pie.  It was love at first bite, and I needed more chocolate.  I finished my piece and feeling unsatisfied went for another.  One lonely chocolate square sat on the serving platter.  But not for long, as it soon took new location in my stomach.  And my chocolate fix began.  I was determined to recreate this glorious pie myself as soon as possible.  I came home, promptly ate two chocolate truffles (no shame), and began my planning.
This pie is wonderful in all it’s Oreo goodness.  An Oreo crust, a layer of chocolate mousse, a layer of Oreos, and a layer of white chocolate mousse.  Perfection.  It does take some time, as each layer needs to set up and the Oreo cookie layer needs to soften, but it is so worth the wait.Warning: this is a messy pie but so delicious.

 

OREO MOUSSE PIE
Adapted from Bon Appetit & Bon Appetit
INGREDIENTS
For the Oreo Crust:
21 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
4 tablespoons butter, melted
For the Chocolate Mousse:
8 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
For the White Chocolate Mousse:
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons gelatin
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
6 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup egg whites, room temperature
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons sugar
20-30 Chocolate sandwich cookies
Additional Cookies, for topping
DIRECTIONS
For the Oreo Crust:
Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Grease a 9 inch springform pan.In a large bowl combine sandwich cookies and butter.  Stir until moistened.  Push into bottom and about half an inch up the sides of a springform pan.  Bake for 5-7 minutes.  Cool completely.

For Chocolate Mousse:

In a large bowl combine milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, vanilla extract, and salt.  In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring 1 cup of whipping cream to a boil.  Pour over chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted.  Let sit to cool slightly, at least 10 minutes.

Pour 2 cups in a large bowl.  Whip until firm peaks form.  Fold whipped cream mixture into chocolate mixture until just combined.  Pour on top of crust . Chill until set, about 3-4 hours.

For the White Chocolate Mousse:

In small bowl combine water and gelatin.  Stir together and let sit for 10 minutes.

In a small saucepan, combine 3/4 cup whipping cream and white chocolate over medium heat.  Cook until melted, stirring occasionally   Stir in gelatin until combined.  Pour into a bowl.  Stir in 3/4 cup whipping cream.  Chill for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Whip until firm peaks form.

In a separate bowl combine egg whites and salt.  Using clean beaters, beat until foamy.  Gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.  Fold egg whites into white chocolate mixture.

Add a layer of chocolate sandwich cookies on top of the chocolate mousse, making as thick as you desire.  Pour white chocolate mousse on top.  Chill until set, at least 4 hours.  Remove sides of springform pan carefully.  Garnish with additional chocolate sandwich cookies.