Ina Gartens Outrageous Oreo Crunch Brownies

It was that time of year again, time for our beer pong league finals. This is our third season and I’ve brought food to the finals every time. I always make a double batch of pretzels. Everyone loves those pretzels. This season, I also brought the always delicious bacon wrapped dates, these brownies, and some peanut butter sandwich cookies (watch for that post soon).

I’ve seen this brownie recipe before. Something about throwing Oreos into the mix takes it to the next level. And let me tell you, that level is an amazing place for a brownie to be. The batter for these guys could be eaten with a spoon. It’s delicious. And that’s even before you add a whole package of Oreo cookies! Maybe it has something to do with the 4 sticks of butter and 1 lb + 6 oz of chocolate in the batter…

Instead of chopping the Oreos, I just broke them into 4 pieces by hand. To coat with the flour, I just threw the cookies and the flour in a gallon ziplock bag and shook to coat. I use that trick for chocolate chips too. It helps them to not just sink to the bottom of the batter while baking. It’s a good trick to have up your sleeve.

Ina Gartens Outrageous Oreo Crunch Brownies – from Oprah.com
4 sticks butter
1 pound semisweet chocolate chips – this is 2 cups + 2/3 cup
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
6 eggs
3 tablespoons instant coffee granules – I used instant Espresso since that’s what I had on hand
2 tablespoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup plus 1/4 cup flour – separated out into 1 cup and 1/4 cup
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups chopped Oreo cookies (50 cookies) – I used 1 pkg of Oreos which had 45 cookies in it

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350Β°. 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 (I used a gallon ziplock bag), 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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21 Responses to “Layered Marshmallow Brownies”

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    Xiaolu — March 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Oh these look so yummy! Love the crackly looking top.

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    yumventures — March 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    They look soooo good! Thanks for the tip about the sweetness factor…I love having a little bite of something completely decadent!

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    KRISTINA CIPOLLA PHOTOGRAPHY — March 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    AH…these look heavenly….mmm…thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    bakingblonde — March 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Wow, those look great! I love those

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    KV — March 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I’m not sure it is possible to be “too sweet” but these look very good!

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    Miss Yunks — March 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    These looks so good! Can’t wait to try!

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    MemΓ³ria — March 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I’m not crazy about marshmallows, but these brownies look amazing!!

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    Justin — March 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    “nice and thick”… wow, you aren’t kidding. that was a bold move switching the pan though. glad it worked out in the end.

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    Kristen — March 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    MMMMMMM those sound awesome!!

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    Candi — March 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    oh my word! those look delicious!

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    CB — March 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I can’t stop looking at your picture. I think that means I need to make these brownies. I’m not sure if I should thank you for shake my fist at you πŸ˜›

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    Brisbane Baker — March 4, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Blaspemy!! Nothing is TOO sweet πŸ™‚

    I love these! Might give em a go when a occasion comes up πŸ˜€

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    Brisbane Baker — March 4, 2010 at 12:17 am

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    nutmegnanny — March 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    These look awesome! I would love to have one of these sitting in my kitchen right now πŸ™‚

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    Ashley — March 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    These look AMAZING! I feel like I need to go to the gym just looking at them. πŸ™‚

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    Erin — March 5, 2010 at 2:57 am

    These look delicious! I love anything with marshmallows!

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    Kat — March 5, 2010 at 3:39 am

    I wish I could reach through the computer and grab these! They look awesome!!

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    Ingrid — March 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I make something similar but cheat and use a boxed brownie mix. The frosting I use doesn’t have marshmallows in it which helps with the sweet factor.

    That’s a great idea baking these in a smaller pan. I would prefer the brownie part a bit thicker.
    ~ingrid

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    Jes — March 11, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Um…I guess I didn’t let my icing cool enough and it melted the marshmallow completely…it looked like Mt. Vesuvius erupted on my counter ha ha! I wish I could post a picture! They still tasted yummy though =)

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    Caryn — April 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I made these, but the chocolate topping turned out not great, not dissolved and gritty. – I think you mean “icing sugar” don’t you, when you say sugar for the frosting?

    • beantownbaker — April 18th, 2013 @ 11:28 am

      I used granulated sugar for the frosting. When it is cooking on the stove, it should completely dissolve the sugar.

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