I have pretty much banned myself from Target. I end up buying so many little things that I don't need that end up adding up to quite a bit of money. I keep a running list of what I need and I try to go every other month. Every visit I tell myself not to go down the baking isle but, sure enough my cart steers itself in that direction every visit. This trip the baking isle was littered with Halloween seasonal items. I limited myself to three items and well one container of fall sprinkles but, sprinkles don't count because they are small. On this trip I got the Halloween oreos, cinnamon marshmallows and pumpkin spice kisses. I have just realized that Target is not good for my waist or wallet. Baking inspiration does not hit me daily like some bloggers/bakers. Ideas slowly come to me but, after a few weeks I have an idea for each of my goodies.
First up oreo brownies with an oreo frosting. I don't have a go to brownie recipe yet. I know we like a chocolaty, dense, chewy brownie that is just a bit under cooked. I cracked open my Joy of Cooking cookbook and used the brownie recipe from there. These were very rich but, very addicting. I kept slicing a tiny piece off on each visit to the kitchen. This coming from a person who used to not really like cookies and cream flavor, frosting or brownies. I chopped up my oreos into quarters and the cookies held up well but, adding more oroeos and keeping them whole would push these brownies into the down right sinful category.
frosted halloween oreo brownies
brownies: joy of cooking
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter
4 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
10 halloween oreos; chopped
4 ounces unsalted butter; room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese; room temperature
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons milk
5 oreos; finely crushed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use a 9"x 13" pan for chewy brownies.
Melt the butter and chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water or in the microwave. Stir to blend, then let cool completely; if the mixture is too warm, the brownies will be heavy and dry.
Beat the eggs and sugar together until frothy. Add salt and vanilla.
Stir the chocolate and butter into the eggs and sugar by hand. When the chocolate is almost completely incorporated, add the flour. Add oreos when the flour is almost completely blended in. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely.
Combine butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. When combined turn mixer to low and fluffy add in the confectioners sugar. Mix throughly. Add in vanilla and milk until combined. Add in finely chopped oreos and mix until smooth, fluffy and incorporated.
Frosted cooled brownies and cut into squares.