Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oreo Brownies with a Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Swirl




This past weekend, one of my co-workers decided to throw a pool party and BBQ at her house.

I immediately signed up to bring dessert, because...I mean, what else would I bring?? :)


Being my first pool party of the summer (and the fact that Texas has become AN OVEN ON BROIL this summer) it was no surprise that I found myself cannon-balling onto her pool after being there for about...mmmm... two and a half minutes.

I am also a 24 year old child, so cannonballs and that "dunking category" game are a must at all pool parties.


I also knew that I wanted to bring, not only the world's best cannonball technique, but also a dessert that involved Oreos and peanut butter.

Why such a specific combination?

Because while I was at work the day before, I had a good 30-minute conversation with another co-worker of mine about the greatness that is Oreos dipped in peanut butter.


Yep, that'll fuel your run, fo sho!


So, because of this mouth-watering convo, I officially had a craving.


 And here is what I did.


I made my normal fudge brownies and then poured the brownie batter into a large sheet cake pan.


The I mixed together cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, and an egg, poured that on top of the brownie batter and swirled it around with a knife.


I then took two sleeves of OREOS, crushed them up into large chunks, and sprinkles those crazy chunks on top of the batter.


Now THAT is a brownie, friends.


Oreo Brownies with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Swirl

makes 36 brownies

Ingredients:

For the brownie-
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweeetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
For the peanut butter cream cheese swirl-
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
Topping-
  • 12 oz crushed Oreos (2 rows worth of cookies in an 18 oz package)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour a large sheet cake pan or rimmed cookie sheet (I use this one).
  3. For the brownies, mix together butter and sugar until creamy.
  4. Add in eggs one at a time until thoroughly combined.
  5. Stir in vanilla extract.
  6. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
  7. Gradually mix flour mixture into butter mixture until barely combined.
  8. Fold in chocolate chips.
  9. Pour batter into baking pan.
  10. In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, and egg until creamy.
  11. Pour on top of brownie batter and swirl around with a butter knife (but try not to scratch the bottom of the pan!)
  12. Sprinkle crushed Oreos on top of the brownies and pat down to secure them in the batter.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes (for super soft brownies), rotating the pan at 20 minutes so that the brownies bake evenly.
  14. Let brownies cool completely before cutting into squares.

ENJOY!


2 comments:

  1. Insanely delicious!

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  2. this looks soooo amazing....does the peanut butter layer use regular granulated sugar or confectioner's?

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