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Cookies ‘n Cream Brownie Bites

Did you know they made Cookies ‘n Cream Hershey’s Kisses? I had no idea!

As soon as I bought them I knew right where they were going: into Cookies ‘n Cream Brownie Bites!

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It’s kind of unbelievable, but there are a lot of food bloggers here in Sacramento. Hayley is my neighbor (seriously, she’s only a few blocks away). Heather and Glory live pretty close to each other across town. Trish and Amy are also neighbors just a short drive away from me, and Amy isn’t too far either.

You know what’s kind of annoying? That we usually have to travel to see each other. I figured it was time to change that, so last weekend I hosted (what is I hope) our First Rotating Sacramento Food Blogger Family Gathering. It was awesome.

The seven of us, some of our husbands, and all our kids. Almost all of our kids are the same ages and they all got along fabulously. There were legos all over my living room floor – twice.

{In fact, I’m still finding them. Sometimes at night. Barefoot.}

The funniest moments for me were when Amy told me my husband was talking with hers about my day and it mirrored hers. Then, later that night, I started complaining after I checked my stats on my phone and my husband laughed because the men were talking about how “at least twice a week they get on analytics and start boo-hooing about how their stats suck.”

There was happy screaming and lots of talking and smiles and eating. Oh, the eating. We food bloggers sure can cook…and eat. There was almost nothing left!

There were certainly none of these Cookies ‘n Cream Brownie Bites left. I went over to the plate hoping for one (or two) after everyone left and it was bare.

That’s okay, I just need to make these again. And again!

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So okay. I know I have a brownie bite addiction. Especially with Kisses. But these? Hands down, my favorite.

They start with a Mini Oreo. You pop one into each cavity in your mini muffin pan. Then you add a tablespoon of brownie batter. I used my one bowl brownie recipe for these bites. You can also use a box mix meant for a 9×9 pan. If you use a traditional 9×13 box mix, you’ll just need more Oreos, Kisses, and mini muffin pans.

When they come out of the oven, you just let them sit for about a minute. Then press your Cookies ‘n Cream Hershey’s Kisses on top, like you would on a blossom cookie. Now for the hardest part: don’t touch them. Don’t move the pans. Many of the nontraditional Hershey’s Kisses flavors are not as stable as regular chocolate and they’re prone to collapsing when melty. These seemed a little sturdier than the peppermint ones or the pumpkin ones but you still need to be careful.

Once they’ve cooled, gently remove them from the pans and eat. And eat and eat and eat. They’re so addicting!

Now, if you can’t find the Cookies ‘n Cream Kisses (I found mine at Walmart and Target) you can use any flavor you want. Caramel, Hugs, plain, almond…whatever. Even a peanut butter cup! I’ve also seen cookies ‘n cream egg shaped candies in the Easter aisle. Use whatever you like!

I know I say “These are my favorite!!!!” a lot. But it’s true: these are.

They’re perfect for a party.

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And they’re food blogger family approved!

Cookies ‘n Cream Brownie Bites

Yield: 28 brownie bites

Cookies ‘n Cream Brownie Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee (or you can substitute water)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • About 28 Mini Oreos (bite sized)
  • About 28 Cookies ’n Cream Hershey’s Kisses (or your favorite flavor), unwrapped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray mini cupcake pans with cooking spray (I like the kind with flour) or use mini cupcake liners. Place one Mini Oreo in each cavity.
  2. Stir together melted butter, sugar, and cocoa. Stir in eggs, vanilla extract, coffee or water, and salt. Carefully stir in flour. (The coffee just adds a richness to the brownies, but you can use water if you prefer.)
  3. Place about 1 tablespoon of batter in each cupcake cavity or liner, on top of the Oreo. Bake for 9-12 minutes, until the tops lose that shiny, wet look.
  4. Let them cool for just a minute, then place one Kiss in the center of each brownie bite. Do not move or jiggle your pans or try to remove the bites before the Kiss has completely re-hardened or it will collapse. Cool completely, gently remove from the pan (a knife can help loosen if needed).
  5. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Notes

If you can't find Cookies 'n Cream Hershey's Kisses, use your favorite flavor. Or, use peanut butter cups or any similar sized candy. You can also use a boxed brownie mix for a 9x9 pan. If you use a mix for a 9x13 pan, you'll need more Kisses and more Oreos, because it will make more bites.

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57 Responses to “Cookies ‘n Cream Brownie Bites”

  1. Rachel @ Bakerita posted on March 12, 2014 at 3:09 am (#)

    I loooove cookies and cream flavored things, and these brownie bites are too cute to resist! Love the Oreo on the bottom. Pinned :)

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  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on March 12, 2014 at 3:34 am (#)

    The cookies AND the kisses, all in an adorable little bite or two. Dangerous to have around :) pinned

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 12th, 2014 at 6:46 am

      Thanks for the pin as usual my friend!

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  3. Chloe @ foodlikecake posted on March 12, 2014 at 5:25 am (#)

    Those look adorable! Brownies and cookies and cream are perfect together!

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  4. Niki posted on March 12, 2014 at 5:45 am (#)

    The cookies and cream kisses are my almost 3 year-old’s favorite. They are kept high up in the pantry, and when she wants one it’s ‘Mommy, I want the up high treat, please’. I’ll have to make these for her…maybe for her upcoming birthday.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 12th, 2014 at 6:45 am

      She’ll love them!! Thanks Niki!

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  5. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on March 12, 2014 at 7:58 am (#)

    These brownie bites are insane!!

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  6. Rebecca Cooper posted on March 12, 2014 at 8:38 am (#)

    Love how these sound! Must try making some. :)

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  7. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! posted on March 12, 2014 at 9:02 am (#)

    Cookies and Cream Kisses? I guess I am making a trip to Target later today :). These brownie bites are the cutest little things – I can see how they just disappeared at your party. I would not be able to keep myself away from them either!

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  8. Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled posted on March 12, 2014 at 9:09 am (#)

    I have no idea either that they made Cookies and Cream Kisses, I need to pick some up asap! These brownie bites look delicious, I love that you used Oreos for the bottom! Pinned :)

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  9. Kim Byers @ The Celebration Shoppe posted on March 12, 2014 at 9:25 am (#)

    Cookies and Cream AND Brownies – I’m in! I’ll be sharing on Google +

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  10. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on March 12, 2014 at 9:54 am (#)

    I did know they had these kisses! Aren’t they good! sounds like a fun evening!

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  11. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on March 12, 2014 at 10:40 am (#)

    well….

    now I must buy cookies and cream Hershey’s kisses. and Oreo’s.

    TO THE GROCERYYY STORE!

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  12. Mary Frances posted on March 12, 2014 at 10:51 am (#)

    “They start boo hooing their stats'” I laughed out loud at that! That sounds like such a fun time (minus the legos on the floor) especially since you had these little brownie bites. Cookies and cream is addictive! Pinning these!

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  13. Graham @ Glazed & Confused posted on March 12, 2014 at 10:56 am (#)

    I love using those cookies & cream kisses in my cookies. They have to be delicious on top of these amazing brownies.

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  14. Jenn@eatcakefordinner posted on March 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm (#)

    Stepping on Legos seriously hurts. That is so much fun you guys are all so close.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 13th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      I know, on both. Ha! :) It’s so weird to me how close we all are!

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  15. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on March 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm (#)

    These are SO cute and seriously smart! Love these Dorothy! You are the dessert queen. Pinned!

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  16. Magali posted on March 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm (#)

    I have been waiting since Christmas for a recipe to use my 2 bags of cookies n’ cream kisses, and these are perfect!! Making them tomorrow :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 13th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Enjoy!! I hope you liked them. :)

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  17. Mom posted on March 12, 2014 at 4:32 pm (#)

    Next time you make them, be sure I’m around!!! They sound really yummy.
    xoxo, Mom

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  18. Laurie F. posted on March 12, 2014 at 4:49 pm (#)

    Brownie bites were the favorite dessert of the grade school kids when I was a Hot Lunch Mama, but these look so much better! Keep up your blogger parties!

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  19. Rachel @the dessert chronicles posted on March 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm (#)

    Cookies and cream is the best, but in brownie bite form sounds even better! I have to give these a try asap!

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  20. Amy posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:01 pm (#)

    Your brownie bites were basically TOO good for the party since you didn’t have a single one left! ;) If I bring something to a potluck and I really, really, REALLY want a taste (or umm 15), then I set one aside in a safe spot (if I’m hosting… or just leave one at home, if I’m not, which I may or may not have done on Saturday). I’m sure everyone would love it if you brought a new variation to our next blogger party! Because everybody knows bloggers can’t post the same recipe twice, but they can post as many renditions as they’d like. ;) And yes, this IS going to become a tradition! I’d offer to host the next one, but we live in the world’s smallest house with an even tinier backyard. But there’s a gorgeous park nearby, so I could do that if I get a weekend that’s sunny!

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  21. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm (#)

    What a fun gathering!! I had no idea there was cookies and cream kisses…I am hunting them down. These brownie bites sound so delicious.

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  22. Tieghan posted on March 12, 2014 at 9:06 pm (#)

    Of course these are just amazing…as always!! Pinned….like always! :)

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  24. Emily @ Life on Food posted on March 13, 2014 at 4:05 am (#)

    Kisses and Oreos. Yes please. So funny about the husbands. That must have been a great time.

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  25. Kelly posted on March 13, 2014 at 4:46 am (#)

    That’s awesome that you all live close-by – it sounds like such a fun gathering:) These brownie bites look so adorable – love cookies and cream! What a great idea to combine the two – pinning :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 13th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks for the pin Kelly!

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  26. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on March 13, 2014 at 5:09 am (#)

    I’m so jealous of the fun blogger get together, Dorothy! I have yet to meet any bloggers and I would love to visit sunny CA sometime! :) Stepping on legos in the dark made me LOL. I did that last night with one of Jude’s rawhide bones. Well, scraps from a rawhide bone. Ouch/gross. Love these brownie bites! Hard to eat just one, right?!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 13th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Totally hard. But luckily I did only eat one or there wouldn’t have been enough. And OMG – you have to come to CA some time, if nothing else than to see San Francisco. I’d drive down and show you around. :)

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  27. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on March 13, 2014 at 5:39 am (#)

    I am so unbelievably ridiculously jealous!!! Some of my favorite food bloggers all together in the same room!! Love you guys!! And I love that you invited the husbands and the kids!! And I’m jealous I didn’t get any of these brownie bites :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 13th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Do you have any idea how much I wish you were here to come to this??? OMG.

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  28. Tonia posted on March 13, 2014 at 7:12 am (#)

    How awesome that you all get together! I wish I lived closer!

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  29. Brooks posted on March 13, 2014 at 8:46 am (#)

    Dorothy, a great read here…you had me laughing aloud as I can relate to blogging dilemmas! I try to avoid analytics, because denial seemingly stings less than dismal stats. But then we have these terrific taste treats, and the bottom line is, they’re food blogger family approved. Nice work!

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  30. Brittany posted on March 13, 2014 at 10:31 am (#)

    I love you and I don’t even know you! Lol! You’re amazing! I made your Oreo cupcakes and they were a hit. You have inspired me in so many ways! Thank you. Continue to bless us with these delicious treats ☺️

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  31. Erin | The Emerging Foodie posted on March 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm (#)

    Love your story. So fun you ladies all got to meet up!! And these look delicious, Dorothy! Especially because I’m craving all things gluten, I could go for about 8 of these right now. :)

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  32. miss messy posted on March 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm (#)

    These are my favourite kisses! :) Love these!

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  33. Nancy/SpicieFoodie posted on March 13, 2014 at 9:55 pm (#)

    OMG, the bites are super cute! Actually everything looks amazing. Can’t wait to try the brownie bites.

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  34. Marta posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:21 am (#)

    This looks so good! I have to try it, too!
    I love your blog!
    Cheers from Vienna!

    http://www.stylesandbox.com

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  35. Marta posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:21 am (#)

    This looks so good! I have to try it sometime!
    I love your blog!
    Cheers from Vienna!

    http://www.stylesandbox.com

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  36. Kristyn posted on March 19, 2014 at 7:53 am (#)

    I’m a huge fan of anything Cookies N Cream… can’t wait to try! Thx!!

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  39. Maria G. posted on August 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm (#)

    The Cookie ‘n Cream brownie bites were so good! I made them last week. I couldn’t find the cookies n’ cream kisses but I used the cookies ‘n cream Dips, the ones that look like big M ‘n M’s. They were the perfect size and I have been asked to make them again. :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 8th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Awesome! I’m so glad you liked them Maria. Great substitution!

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  40. Doreen posted on September 2, 2014 at 8:59 am (#)

    Hi! I wanted to bake these the second I laid eyes on them! They look so cute and yummy! So finally I did try to bake them today. I waited for one minute for the brownies to cool just like you said. But the second I placed the Kiss on top, it started melting to my horror! I wonder what I did wrong. :(

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 2nd, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Did they melt and collapse immediately without the pan being moved? Usually the Hershey’s Kisses are strong enough to melt but stay in their shape. The white/flavored kisses are definitely less stable than the regular chocolate ones, which is why I make sure to put them on top of the cookie or bite and not move the pan at all (like, don’t touch it) until they’ve rehardened hours later. But they usually do keep their shape, except for maybe 1 or two. The only thing I can think of is either you got a weaker batch of kisses for some reason or that, if your pans were on the stovetop (remove from oven, place on stove to cool, that’s what I do) maybe the heat from the oven being on caused them to melt. I’m sorry that happened! They’ll still taste good. :)

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  41. Diane Wilson posted on September 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm (#)

    I couldn’t find cookies and cream kisses so I used Hershey’s cookiesn cream drops and they work just fine!!

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