Nobody ever says no to an Oreo brownie. Nobody.
On the surface, these are the simplest brownies ever. They’re also the best, and completely impossible to resist. Oreo lovers, I dare you to walk away. Can you? Didn’t think so.
I’ve been in the dessert business now for two-plus years, and I can tell you that Oreos have a strong and very devoted following. I’m definitely a disciple. I’d rather have an Oreo any old day than a Girl Scout cookie (I know, I know). When I insert them whole into brownies? Yeah. See you all next week while I collapse on the floor in a chocolate cloud.
Oh, wait. Maybe I do have something to write about today other than Oreo obsession. Like Mother’s Day, which I hear is upon us.
I should know that, being a mother and all. But for me, the traditional Mother’s Day routine of breakfast in bed and flowers could be easily and more effectively replaced by a few mid-morning hours of Netflix bingeing in bed and a steady stream of cocktails and dessert bars throughout the afternoon.
Lately, I’ve been very into the word “adult” as a verb. As in, “I don’t feel like adulting today.” And boy, is that ever true so much of the time. Being a grown-up is hard, especially since we’re all just kids in older bodies. Or maybe you don’t feel that way, but I sure do.
See, I still get excited by things that a much younger person would be into. Not only do I embrace each new fashion trend with open arms (well, not the comeback of high-waisted pants, but you get my drift), but I also delight in all things pink, feel the constant urge to be in motion, and carry old-school metal lunchboxes to work with cartoon characters on them.
It doesn’t help that I’m relatively short and petite, so when I’m at work, I occasionally get yelled at for being in the halls during class. I wish our security people would look at my face a little more closely, because that part of me no longer passes for sixteen.
So why adult when I’m not in the mood? Specifically, why adult on Mother’s Day? As I said, forget the usual tokens of appreciation. Just give me a day where I do not have to adult, and we’ll all be fine.
And let me at these brownies. They make life sparkle. Have you noticed the Oreo in the center of each one? Have you? Have you?
As with most wonderful desserts that you feel like eating in PJs while wearing your fuzziest of fuzzy slipper booties, these don’t take much time to make. You can have your relaxation station time and still have brownies. That seems pretty good to me.
Happy Mother’s Day to all my friends, both real and imaginary. Here’s hoping you get a day without adulting. It’s my dearest wish to you!
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8 X 8 pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cocoa into the melted butter until it dissolves. Add the sugar and stir again. When the sugar is incorporated, mix in the vanilla and eggs. Add the salt and flour, mixing until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Working in rows of 4 x 4, press the Oreos lighty into the top of the batter.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, Do not overbake, or the brownies will not be as fudgy.
- Cool and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container