Sunday, July 17, 2011

Oreo Cheesecake Brownies

For some reason I’ve been thinking about Oreos lately.  And cheesecake.  And brownies too.  Please tell me I’m not the only crazy person who walks around thinking about what I’m going to cook and/or bake when I get home.  I’m admitting that sometimes sweets totally consume my thoughts.  I know it is probably not healthy in any sense of the word but I just can’t help it.

I think I’ll blame Paul for this one.  My nephews bought Paul Oreos for his birthday and they’ve just been sitting in the cabinet enticing me to eat them.  I have resisted so far but couldn’t stop thinking about what I could create with milk’s favorite cookie.  Adding cream cheese to chocolate is pretty dreamy…and I know that Oreos mix well with cheesecake.  So, why not mix all three together?  It seemed like a smart move to me.  Paul was a little skeptical.  He wasn’t sure that the different chocolates would mesh well but they pretty much did.

The brownies were dense and not too sweet and were offset by the sweet cheesecake filling.  And the great Oreo taste sneaked in at just the right time.  The cookies softened while baking so they add just a little something extra every couple of bites.  The brownies weren’t too rich but if you aren’t a big chocolate fan, I would cut small squares.  The best part is that these are super simple to pull together!

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Oreo Cheesecake Brownies

Ingredients:

Brownie Mix:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
12 Oreo Cookies (or other chocolate sandwich cookies), crushed into small pieces

Cheesecake Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk
6 Tbs. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8-inch square baking dish with foil, allowing the foil to go up the sides of the baking dish. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Add the butter and semisweet chocolate to a medium saucepan. Melt over low heat and stir until a smooth mixture forms. Remove from the heat and add in the granulated sugar, then the eggs, fully incorporating. Add the flour and vanilla and salt and mix well.

Gently stir in the crushed Oreo cookies and gently spread into prepared baking pan.

In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg yolk, granulated sugar and vanilla until smooth. The texture will resemble that of cheesecake batter. Dollop the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter and gently swirl the mixture with a knife to incorporate.

Bake for 35 – 38 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the brownies cool then remove from the pan, peel away the foil and cut into even squares.

Adapted from David Lebovitz

 

30 Responses to “Oreo Cheesecake Brownies”

  1. #
    Maureen — July 17, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    Oreos, cheesecake AND brownies? How much excitement can this old girl stand?? Sound and look heavenly.

  2. #
    Erin — July 17, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    These look like heaven! Love the idea of all that in one bar! What a great recipe!

  3. #
    Kate@Diethood — July 17, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Oh my goodness gracious!! WOW! I have a couple of oreo boxes in my pantry… muahahaha ;-)

  4. #
    S.V. — July 17, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    These look amazing. Such a great combo of treats all in one.

  5. #
    Ryan — July 17, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    Yum, yum, yum!!! 3 of my favorite sweets in one bar! These look amazing. I'm bookmarking these to make soon for sure!!

  6. #
    Anne — July 17, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Oreos,brownies and cheesecake! What a tasty little trio! But you are right. They go perfectly together! Your brownies look beautiful, Cassie!!!
    : )

  7. #
    sugarfooteats.com — July 17, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    You're definitely not the only one with thoughts consumed with sweets!!

  8. #
    Jackie — July 17, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    Oh my! LOL These sound great. I love all three of these and to have them all in one. I will definately be trying out this recipe.

  9. #
    Ann — July 17, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Delicious! I understand your thinking EXACTLY! I'm constantly thinking about what I want to make…

  10. #
    Mary — July 17, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    What a really great treat. It is hard not to like anything with those glorious ingredients. I'm relatively new to your blog and while I don't often comment I wanted you to know how much I enjoy the time I spend here. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

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    janet@cupcakestocaviar — July 17, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

    Cassie, quit making me drool on my keyboard darn it! :-P And no way are you the only person. I make lists. Long. long. Lists. That I will never be able to complete unless I want to weigh 4000 pounds :-D

  12. #
    Christine's Pantry — July 17, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

    Wow! Looks wonderful. Mouthwatering! Yummy!

  13. #
    Lizzy — July 17, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

    I've made something very similar and they were fabulous! Your beautiful photos have me antsy to try your recipe~

  14. #
    Jenna @ The Undercover Cook — July 17, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    These look dreamy and dangerously delicious. I will be my 2 year-olds hero if I whip up a batch!

  15. #
    Kim Bee — July 18, 2011 @ 12:28 am

    Wow, these look so good. I have not really baked for awhile now. I am having withdrawals. This is not helping,lol! Kim

  16. #
    Beth — July 18, 2011 @ 5:05 am

    As someone else who is obsessed with desserts, I totally get what you mean about walking around thinking about what you'll make when you get home. These brownies look like they were worth it!

  17. #
    Patty — July 18, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    They look delicious!

  18. #
    meeshiesmom — July 18, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    Oreos must be in the air! I just made oreo cookie cupcakes for my daughter's birthday.
    Karen

  19. #
    Culinary Hill — July 18, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    These look really delicious. I love the picture with the ever-growing tower of bars. It just makes me hungry! I can't wait to make these!

  20. #
    Kim {Recipes To Run On} — July 19, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    Both these bars and the butterscotch pb bars looks so amazing! In fact, all the recipes on this page do. :-) Love your blog!!!

  21. #
    RavieNomNoms — July 19, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    Yes please! How can you go wrong with Oreo and cheesecake AND brownies?!?! yum-a-licious

  22. #
    claire gallam — July 19, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    I love oreo cheesecake!

  23. #
    Steph — July 19, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    You are definitely not crazy! These loos so delish!

  24. #
    Amy J. and Tiffanie A. — July 19, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    YUM YUM YUM I dont think you can go wrong with any of those ingredients!!

    We are your newest followers. Cant wait for more sweet treats!

    Love,

    http://chickswholovetoeat.blogspot.com/

  25. #
    Megan — July 19, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    These look sinfully good. I need to hide this post from myself, because I think if I made this – I would eat the whole batch. Yum!

  26. #
    Butrcreamblondi — July 19, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

    I'm always thinking about what I'm going to bake! Oreo cheesecake brownies sound perfect!

  27. #
    kita — July 20, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    When you describe thinking of oreos, cheesecake and brownies, for some reason Queen's "I want it all" started playing in my head. :D These look awesome!

  28. #
    Kelnurse — July 20, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    ….and I have NO ingredients handy, ugh! LoL

  29. #
    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny — July 22, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    Oreo AND cheesecake?! That might be the greatest combination ever! They look delicious! :)

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