December 24, 2008 Death by Chocolate
Ina Garten modified her trademark “outrageous brownies” for the Oprah Magazine in 2003 by adding America’s favorite sandwich cookie, the Oreo. I mean really, how bad could they be if they have the Oprah seal of approval? These brownies definitely met and even surpassed my expectations. They were so moist and chocolate-y. They were delicious. The only modification I made to the recipe was that I eliminated the instant coffee granules, just for personal taste preferences. Also, like the recipe says, make sure you wait until the brownies are completely cooled before cutting. I know, first-hand, that it is difficult to wait when they are sitting hot on the counter, exuding their mouthwatering smell…but I tried to cut them before they were completely cooled and it turns into a sticky mess. It will be well worth your time to wait until they are cooled.
Outrageous Oreo Crunch Brownies, Ina Garten
Makes 20 brownies
- 4 sticks butter
- 1 pound semisweet chocolate chips
- 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate , chopped
- 6 eggs
- 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup plus 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups chopped Oreo cookies (50 cookies)
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350°. Butter and flour an 11 1/2″ x 17 1/4″ x 1″ baking pan.
In a heatproof medium bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, heat butter, chocolate chips and unsweetened chocolate until melted and smooth. Allow to cool slightly.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs, coffee, vanilla and sugar. Blend chocolate mixture into egg mixture; cool to room temperature.
In a medium bowl, sift together one cup flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture. In a small bowl, stir Oreos and remaining 1/4 cup flour. Add Oreo mixture to chocolate mixture. Pour batter into baking pan and smooth top with a rubber spatula.
Bake 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted 3 inches from center comes out clean; do not overbake. Allow to cool. Refrigerate, tightly wrapped, until cold; cut into squares.