Cookies and Cream Brownies

You may not know this about me, but I love to cook just as much as I love baking. Due to my busy schedule, I don’t often get a chance to experiment with meals as much as I’d like to so after a very hectic week at work, I now have the weekend off and I told my mom not to worry about dinner on Friday evening, because I’d be taking care of that one.

I’m quite the picky eater so trying new foods can be a little scary for me. I tried chicken parmesan earlier this year and I actually really enjoyed it! Luckily, my family isn’t so picky so when I offer to cook supper, they’re pretty much open to any idea. I tried my hand at my own chicken parmesan dish and it was actually delicious! I made my own tomato sauce, fried the chicken in my own seasoned bread crumbs, and topped the chicken with fresh mozzarella. It was probably the best meal that I’ve had in a while and my family was super impressed.

We don’t often have fresh mozzarella or parmesan cheese in my house so this meal warranted a visit to the grocery store. I browsed through the aisles to ensure that I hadn’t missed anything, and somehow I ended up in the Easter chocolate aisle… total coincidence!

Kris and I bonded years ago over our shared love for Oreo Creme Eggs. Basically, it’s a Cadbury chocolate egg filled with Oreo cream and cookie bits. Every year when I spot them in the stores for Easter, I always send him a quick snap so we can share the excitement. This year I spotted a BAG of these treats and I picked them up without even thinking. I consulted with Kris because I know Easter is still about a month away so I wondered if it was too early to use these chocolates in this week’s recipe. We both decided that as long as they’re on the shelves, it’s fair game!

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It took a lot of thought to decide exactly what I wanted to do with these Oreo cream eggs. Obviously, I can be creative with a cheesecake, but I’ve been baking a lot of those lately so I wanted to switch it up. A cake sounds delicious, but it’s not the easiest to share with friends. I baked cookies earlier this week and I’ve already created a cupcake… So I chose to dump all of my favourite cookies and cream add-ins into a brownie batter… and my cookies and cream brownies were born!

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These brownies are so flexible because it’s basically just a dump brownie, meaning that you can dump any desired add-ins into the batter and end up with an equally-delicious treat! I raided my kitchen to find anything that would complement the Oreo Creme Eggs and found a Hershey’s cookies and cream mix, white chocolate chips, and I even crushed up some chocolate chip cookies to throw into the mix. You can totally be creative with this step. You could go with a classic Creme Egg brownie, or try the Chips Ahoy Creme Egg variation. My advice would be to bake these treats into a dessert… Or else, you’ll end up eating them all…speaking from experience, of course.

This definitely isn’t the last you’ve seen of Easter chocolate. I’ll keep my eye out for anything delicious and different so I can turn it into a dessert for you! And keep an eye out for after Easter when the chocolate goes on sale… That’s my favourite time of the year!

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COOKIES AND CREAM BROWNIES

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Servings: 16 bars

 

INGREDIENTS:


2/3 cup flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup melted butter

1 tsp vanilla

3 tbsp milk

1 cup chopped Oreo Creme Eggs

1/4 cup Hershey’s Chipits cookies & cream mix

Chopped chocolate chip cookies

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a square baking dish with parchment paper to easily remove the brownies from the pan.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs lightly and add in melted butter, vanilla and milk. Add this into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

4. Fold add-ins into the batter.

5. Spread evenly in the square baking dish, and top with additional add-ins if desired.

6. Bake for 45 minutes and cool completely on counter before removing from dish.