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Bringing Home the Bakin'

bake my cake and eat it, too

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.

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