Saturday, May 25, 2013

Gooey Cookies and Cream Double Chocolate Cake Bars

 As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. Come to think of it, I can't even remember where I originally saw it. It was probably from someone who pinned it on Pinterest, or posted it on Facebook, or both. I can't remember. (Whenever I see a recipe, I often quickly cut and paste it for future blogging, and half the time I can't even remember where I got it! hehehehe)
 Anyway, you simply MUST make them. They're absurdly easy to make, and they're absolutely decadent! I think the name is a little bit long, though. I just call them Oreo Brownies. Isn't that simpler? Ok, maybe Gooey Oreo Brownies. Well, No matter what you call them, you'll be a hit at any occasion and your family will love you for making them.
Serious yum.

1 Devils Food Cake Mix
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
14 Oreo Cookies, broken into pieces

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9×13 inch baking pan with tin foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Place cake mix, butter and egg into a large bowl, mixing to combine. Press into prepared baking pan. Top with broken pieces of cookies.
3. Pour sweetened condensed milk over cookies and top with chocolate chips. Bake for 23-25 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from oven.
4.  After 5 minutes of cooling, run a plastic knife around edges to loosen, this makes it much easier to remove from foil.  Let cool completely, remove foil from pan, then cut into squares.

 I used parchment paper instead of foil and it worked perfectly. Whenever I make any kind of bars, I always spray the pan with baking spray, place a piece of parchment in the pan with a few inches hanging over each side, and then spray it again with baking spray. After you bake them, place them in the fridge until completely cooled. Then use the paper as a sling to lift the entire batch of brownies out of the pan. It makes it MUCH easier to cut them into squares without ruining your pan.
I used more Oreos and more chips than the recipe suggests. Just sayin'. More is more!
 You can do any kind of variation with this. Add any kind of chopped nuts, or use any combination of cake mix and any kind of chips. I think I might try a peanut butter version. Still use the same devil's food cake, but use Nutter Butters and peanut butter chips or Reese's Pieces on top. Or else I'll do a Blondie version. Yellow cake mix, golden Oreos and white chocolate chips. Yum!

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