Apr 05

Peanut Butter Oreo Brownies

Yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. There are in fact Peanut Butter Oreos! Have you seen them yet? Why do these companies keep trying to make me fat? Because as soon as I saw them I had to buy them. Better yet, they taste as good as they sound. So of course, I’ve got a package of these evil little cookies in the cabinet. If I leave them there, I’ll eat them all. And then need to shop for new pants. So what’s a girl to do?
Make brownies with them, of course.
Really? These should be illegal. I mean, if San Francisco can outlaw Happy Meal toys in meals that are too fattening, shouldn’t Nabisco be fined for creating something so yummy?
I served these at a dinner party, but had several left over. I ate three one a day for three days. Then (even though I hate wasting food) I made myself throw the remainders away. I even threw coffee grounds on top of them in the trash. (Come on, fess up, you know you’ve done it.) I know I should have frozen them for later, but you know what? I still know they’re there. The freezer isn’t a barrier that will stop me from eating treats.
Next time you’re in the mood for brownies, make these. You can use any flavor of Oreo you want. But really? Peanut butter and chocolate? That’s one of the best things out there.  These brownies would be good with ice cream too (if you want to really torture yourself at the gym the next day, ha!). 
On a side note, I’m playing with fonts. I like this one. What do you think?
Peanut Butter Oreo Brownies
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24 Peanut Butter Oreo cookies, chopped*
¾ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup butter, melted and divided in half
½ cup boiling water
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1.       Preheat your oven to 350°. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
2.       Coarsely chop your Oreos. (I cut them in quarters and then rough chopped the pile.) Set aside.
3.       Add cocoa and baking soda to a large bowl and stir to combine. Stir in 1/3 cup of melted butter. Add the boiling water and stir until the mixture thickens. Add sugar, eggs, and remaining 1/3 cup butter and stir until combined. Stir in flour, vanilla, and salt and stir until completely incorporated. Stir in Oreos. Spread in pan.
4.       Bake 30-35 minutes, until brownies begin to pull away from the side of the pan. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
Yield: about 30-35 brownies.
*You can use any flavor of Oreo you want.
Source: adapted from Hershey’s