A Long Overdue Confession and Brownie Redemption
I have a confession to make….it’s been weighing on me for over two decades. I’ve only shared this story with a couple of people since it happened and I think it’s time to come clean.
When I was 15, I was a cheerleader for my high school. Every year there was a picnic before the start of football season when all the football players and cheerleaders would get together for picture day. It was a potluck picnic….if your last name started with an A-M you had to bring an entree or side dish….N-Z, you were responsible for a dessert. I was an “S”. I chose brownies. How hard could that be, right? Buy a box, whip up the batter, bake, plate and serve. Simple. Not so much.
I was nervous about this picnic in the first place, so I’m sure the nerves had a role in the mix up. I was a little insecure in high school, as I’m sure most teenagers are, I just wanted to fit in and hear everyone talk about how delicious my brownies (from a box) were!
Unfortunately, I must have mixed up some ingredients….you know, the two ingredients, the oil and water. And then I burned them. So, out of the oven came black, greasy bricks. They may as well have been charcoal briquettes, they were horrid. I put them on a styrofoam plate (I was classy like that), covered with plastic wrap and went to the picnic. I slid them on the dessert table and briskly walked away. I prayed nobody had seen me.
And I did hear people talking about my brownies….just not in the way I had imagined before I made them.
I’m still not the best baker but I’m stellar compared to the 15-year-old cheerleader that served greasy bricks to her high school football team. Practice makes perfect and 20 years of practice will teach you a lesson or three.
So, in hoping for redemption from the horrible brownie incident that only a handful of people knew about before I posted for the entire world to see, I had to find the ultimate brownie recipe.
THIS is the most amazing brownie I have ever put in my mouth. It’s more of a cookie bar but the oozey goodness of the brownie layer on top makes me believe it belongs more in the brownie family.
I served these at a picnic over the holiday weekend and they were a hit. I’ve seen these referred to as “Slutty Brownies” because everything goes into them. I’m going to rename them Redemption Brownies.
You start with a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough, layer Oreo cookies on top and then pour brownie batter on top of that. I will say this…..something about making them just seems soooo wrong, but they taste soooo good. And so, I’ll make them again. Next time I’ll top with vanilla ice cream.
Redemption Brownies (The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar)
Recipe adapted from Kevin & Amanda’s Recipes
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 package Oreos (You can use Double Stuff, I used regular)
1 Family Size (9×13) brownie mix
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 on medium speed for 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well to throughly combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt, then slowly incorporate into the mixer until the flour is just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread the cookie dough in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray. Top with a layer of Oreos. Mix together brownie mix, adding 1/4 cup of hot fudge topping to the mix. Pour the brownie batter over the cookie dough and Oreos. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for an additional 15-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. Brownies will still be gooey in the middle when still warm but will set up once cooled.
Don’t be ashamed when you eat these….you only live once!