January 24, 2013

The Ultimate Dessert ...and Addiction

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I caved.

And joined Pinterest.

As one of my fellow blogging buddies told me:  "Welcome to the dark side.  We have been waiting for you."


Yes, I joined and yes, I love it.  Its like having a recipe book you can add to, edit, and not tear or get messy.  Best of all, its organized and free!  Yes, there is the need to limit the time spent, and yes, I have to finish school before getting on.  And yes, I am a Pinatic.  (Pinterest + Fanatic) 

But I am also a brownie fanatic.  And I found a gem of a recipe thanks to Pinterest.

Before I tell you about the one I made, I must go off on a bunny trail.  I have a talent for mixing stories together in order to complete the story, but more often then not, I just confuse the matter.  I apologize in advance if I do so here.
When I was making these brownies, my mom glances at the website and grins.  "These brownies have a nice name, Mary Frances."

Uh oh.  "Is it . . . bad?" I ask.

She nods and shrugs.  "Pretty much."
Oops.  Such a "homeschooler" moment.  She explained what it meant and thankfully it wasn't really horrible, but it was funny that I pinned it, not knowing that the title was, well, not the best.

Although the name was a bit tacky, these brownies are anything but.  In fact, these are some of the best brownies I've ever had.  It combines cookie dough, oreos and brownies into a dessert so good, you won't want to share. 

The Ultimate Triple Layer Brownies
Adapted from several recipes.

For the Cookie Dough layer:
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups AP flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
Cookie Dough: Mix the wet ingredients well and then add the dry. 
For the Oreo Layer:
16 Oreos
For the Brownie Layer:
1/2 package brownie mix
1 egg
2 Tbsp. water, oil, and unsweetened applesauce, each
Beat eggs and wet ingredients together and then add the mix.
Line the bottom of a 9x9 baking pan with tin foil and then spray the tin foil with a layer of baking spray.
Layer the cookie dough on the bottom of a 9x9 baking pan, pressing down to form the bottom of the  brownies.
Layer the oreos on top of the cookie dough.
Pour the brownie batter on top of the oreo layer and make sure it's evenly layers on top.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Test with a knife to see if the center is done. If the knife comes out clean, let the brownies rest before serving. If the knife comes out with batter still on it, allow the brownies to bake about 5 minutes more.
I under baked them (I accidentally cooked it for 25, not 30 minutes) so we just spooned it out and ate it like volcano cake.  It was like chocolate heaven.  The oreos aren't crunchy or soggy and the layer compliment each other so well.  You can use homemade brownies, but I thought the mix would be easier.  You could even use refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough if you wanted, to make it even simpler.  Regardless, these brownies are a slice of heaven.  Well, maybe like a square a heaven, since brownies don't really slice.

To mix things up, you could mint chips in the cookie dough,  mint oreos, and peppermint extract in the brownie batter for Ultimate Triple Mint Chocolate Brownies.  Now there is a mouthful - of words and yumminess!

This is what it looked like after we just scooped it out . . . Because of my underbaking it and our abusing of it, there was no way to cut it so you could see the layers:)

Happy Pinning!  And Happy Brownie - ing!


  1. Oh how heavenly. Mary Frances, your blog ALWAYS makes me hungry!!! YUM YUM!!! :) I've loved trying all the Pinterest recipes too. We should just have a day of baking all the pinterest recipes we've wanted to try!

    1. We should have a Pinterest day . . . hmmm, this summer or for a birthday.

  2. Oh this looks GOOD!! I saw you on Pinterest!! I seriously laughed out loud!!! (me:Ha ha!! And I thought she said she wouldn't.....>:) THis look soooooo amazing!! I have a ton of those "homeschooler moments"!!!

    1. Haha, well I seriously laughed out loud when I read this comment . . . where would I be without you Avery?:)

  3. Wow... these do look incredible!!! You're on pinterest??? When did this happen? You need to come bake at my house. I just "created" my own cookie recipe... they had good flavor, but weren't very pretty. These have a delicious LOOK to them. I'm sure they lived up to their appearance. :)

    1. Please share with me!!! Or post about it . . . even better idea!

  4. Wow, Mary Frances! These look incredible!! I know what you mean about homeschooler moments!:)

  5. Good for you for joining the bandwagon...or maybe that shouldn't be something celebrated. :) I joined pinterest at the request of some friends a few months ago, but I must admit I haven't made the time to do much with it. Happy recipe hunting!


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