Oreo Brownies

I’ve been meaning to break the silence here. Its been far too long and I have typed out posts atleast half a dozen times. Each time to hit the discard button because the posts were either too boring or angsty or some other form of irrelevance. Anyway I will come back and write when I really feel like doing it and in the meanwhile here is a recipe that gathered quite some interest when I posted the picture to my instagram feed.

oreo brownie bites
oreo brownie bites

Use cookies, chocolate chips or even sliced and slivered nuts to your convenience. I am not one of those baker / cooks that goes psycho if an ingredient is missing. I check if the recipe can be adapted and go ahead. However if there are 3 ingredients of a recipe missing, then I simply postpone making that recipe or select another one that works with the ingredients I have. It is quite painful to attempt a recipe when 3 or more ingredients are missing because the end will be nothing like what was promised and one discounts all the changes one made, and yet feels frustrated. Have you ever had that happen?

This is a recipe that I eyeballed based on a basic recipe I have in my head. I have made versions of it and it always turns out good. Personally I am a fudgy brownie fiend. But I find that it is too rich most of the time and that a cakey brownie sometimes makes the cut much more easily. So here it is my recipe for cakey oreo brownies. In the picture below, I’ve used the same recipe and swapped out the Oreos for slivered almonds.

Almond Brownies
Almond Brownies

Cakey Oreo Brownies

(Makes one 9×9 pan or 12 cupcake sized brownie bites)

1 cup Dark chocolate (chopped from a slab of cooking chocolate, I use a brand called Morde)

1/2 cup Butter (unsalted)

3/4 cup Sugar (powdered for easier mixing)

3/4 cup Maida

2 eggs at room temperature

1 teaspoon instant coffee powder (I used bru)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract (home made vanilla extract) or 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

10 Oreo cookies, sliced into halves (or 1/4 cup slivered almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts)

Sift the maida and set aside.

Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave by zapping it for 60 seconds over moderate heat, in two rounds. Stir in between melting this so that the chocolate doesn’t burn. Heat it for another 30-45 seconds to melt everything evenly. If there are lumps, stir it with a spatula or a whisk till smooth.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and prepare the baking pan with parchment paper or line a muffin pan with paper liners

When the chocolate and butter mix has slightly cooled (about 4-5 minutes), stir in the sugar and whisk well till melted.

Crack the eggs one at a time into the melted chocolate mixture and beat them well with a whisk, adding half the vanilla after each egg.

Stir in the coffee powder and add the maida in two batches, stirring gently till it is all mixed. Once the flour is added, do not over mix the batter or mix too vigorously. This activates the gluten in the flour and makes the brownie (or cake/ cookie) very tough.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin or into the muffin pan. Arrange the halved Oreo cookies on the top of the batter. If using nuts, sprinkle them evenly on top of the batter. Bake for 24-26 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or till a toothpick comes out clean. Each oven is different, so do the toothpick test.

If baking in muffin cups, the  baking time will be 15-16 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes or completely before slicing into squares. Dust with powdered sugar if desired or just dig in.

These brownies are a great make ahead potluck, party or tiffin box treat and will stay fresh at room temperature for a few days or for a week when refrigerated.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Shalini says:

    Nice concept Arundati, We were planning a small Chirstmas get-together for my daughter (6 yrs) and her friends – was toying with the idea of something different from the usual Plum cake and chanced upon this recipe of yours. Everyone liked it. I coupled it with my own recipe of a Bourbon biscuit cake which my daughter likes. http://desitadka2014.blogspot.in/2014/07/biscuit-cake.html

  2. Brownies are looking so nice with almonds, Can I replace egg, any suggestion please.

    1. arundati says:

      thanks Sadhna, yes you can use 1 tablespoon of flax seed powder mixed with 2 tablespoons of lukewarm water for each egg. Or 1/4 cup of milk + 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar / lemon juice, let it stand for 10 minutes and use where the recipe calls for egg

  3. sb2711 says:

    Sage wants them! 😀 and so do we!

    1. arundati says:

      He’s always wanting stuff that comes out of the kitchen!

      1. sb2711 says:

        Lol! A foodie dog 😀 I like 🙂

  4. Sharp Cookey says:

    Neat Idea ! Love It !

    1. arundati says:

      thank you! do try them out

  5. Preeti Adnala says:

    Looks yummy!!!Loved Sage who stands out in the pic

    1. arundati says:

      Hahaha, make them, damn easy and yes Sage is the master of all he surveys

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