Thursday, July 5, 2012

Oreo Peanut Butter Brownie Cakes - Oh, My!

I found this insanely evil-rich piece of beauty on pinterest. I first made them at work with my baking group this past spring. My residents (and all the staff) LOVED them - so we have made them several times since.

The group of bakers I have right now all want to participate, and do something during our group. So we usually end up baking dozens and dozens of whatever we have on the plate for the day. And to keep them out of my office, and my mouth, we give them all away to anyone who will take one, or two, or more. I've had residents before who were very content to watch me do all the work, and then eat everything "we" made after.

But this "recipe", if you will, is just about one of the best things you will ever, ever eat. Well, if you like oreos, peanut butter and brownies. And one of the easiest desserts/snacks you will make. They are so good you will lie for them, as in - if someone asks you if there are anymore, you will lie and say they are all gone - knowing you still have 1/2 dozen squirreled away behind your cereal boxes. You will even consider hurting someone over the last one. They. are. that. good. 

I've been asked to parties with the promise that I'll bring these with me if I'll come...

How easy are they, you ask? Well, short of burning them to a crisp, it is really hard to mess them up.

First, your ingredients - 

(1) Get a box or two of Oreos - I've used the regular kind, chocolate filled and the vanilla creme. I like the Chocolate filled ones a lot, but they are all good. If you are keen on mint, you could use those. And I guess you could use the reduced fat, but really what's the point? You are already creating a morsel with a gazillion calories...

(2) a jar of peanut butter - whatever kind you like. And, you could go with reduced fat, but come on, really??

(3) brownie mix - your favorite, but I recommend one without chips, nuts or other lumpy add ins

Family size will make 24 brownies

(4) brownie mix extra ingredients - whatever it says you need on the box

(5) Muffin/cupcake liners

Oreos & Peter Pan

Grab an oreo and slather with peanut butter, top with another oreo and more peanut butter. Oreo, peanut butter, oreo, peanut butter. Place in muffin cup, then in muffin pan.

Looks good just like this, doesn't it??

Now, mix up your batter, just like it says on the box. The only thing I add is extra water. If it calls for 1/4, I use 1/2 cup. You want the batter to be smooth, on the thin side, not really thin, but not so thick it won't pour over your oreos.

Don't worry if you don't get every edge of oreo or peanut butter covered over. The batter will bake up and around the cookies. They will look simply beautiful when they are finished.

Bake them at 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes. The oreos will be soft right out of the oven, but after cooling they harden back up.
You can dig in while they are warm - ooey and gooey, but I think they are better after they have cooled off. Either way, make sure you have some cold milk to go with.

Luscious Layers of oreo & peanut butter

Where ever you show up with these - you will be an instant RockStar!

Here is the official recipe - from Food Snots. Her pictures are way better than mine! Take a look.

Oreo and Peanut Butter Brownie Cakes

1 box brownie mix, 8x8 inch size
24 Oreo Cookies
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 muffin cup baker with paper liners.

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. For each cupcake cup spread 1 teaspoon of peanut butter over 2 Oreo cookies and stack them on top of each other. Place oreo stacks into the cupcake lined muffin cups. Spoon 2 tablespoons of brownie batter over each stacked oreos and let it run down the sides of the cookies. If you have left over brownie batter, bake separately in a separate baker or muffin tin. Bake cookies and brownies for 18 to 20 minutes, until brownies are cooked through. Let cool completely then serve.

Makes 12 servings

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