These are some of the best brownies I’ve ever made. Fudgy brownies with a cream cheese filling and Oreos baked in. If you need a superstar brownie to impress a crowd, this is the recipe. It’s a fast, easy, one-bowl, no mixer recipe that’s as easy as using a mix. The brownies are ultra fudgy, not at all cakey, ridiculously rich, boldly chocolaty, and the Oreo pieces add incredible texture. The cream cheese filling is tangy-yet-sweet and perfectly offsets the dark richness of the brownie and the softer texture is a great contrast to the dense, fudgy brownies and crunchy Oreos. I prefer to serve brownies this rich slightly chilled and store them in the fridge. They’ll last a long time in the fridge which is great if you need a make-ahead dessert.
YIELD: ONE 8X8 PAN, 9 TO 12 GENEROUS SQUARES
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
6 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used Trader Joe’s 72% Pound Plus Bar)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon brewed coffee (leftover or cold coffee is okay), optional but recommended
1 teaspoon instant espresso granules, optional but recommended
pinch salt, optional and to taste
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
15 Oreo Cookies, diced into 1/2-inch pieces, divided (I dice each Oreo into 4 to 6 pieces)
Cream Cheese Filling
8 ounces brick-style cream cheese, softened (lite is okay)
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang and spray with cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
- Brownies – In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the butter, chocolate, and heat on high power to melt, about 2 minutes. Stop to check and stir after 1 minute. Heat in 15-second increments until chocolate has melted and mixture can be stirred smooth. Allow mixture to cool momentarily before adding the eggs so they don’t scramble.
- Add the eggs, sugar, vanilla, optional coffee, optional espresso granules (neither make brownies taste like coffee and both enhance and round out the chocolate flavor), optional salt, and whisk vigorously to combine.
- Visit Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies @ averiecooks.com for full directions.