Cookies and Cream Brownies

We just returned from quite a week at Lake Powell.

Less than an hour after our flight landed in Arizona from Florida my youngest son tripped and gashed his head on my mom’s kitchen chair. 5 hours and 12 stitches later, my son left the ER with a Harry Potter scar on his forehead.

After much debating we decided to head to Lake Powell anyway.

Our first night at Lake Powell my two oldest boys were up all night throwing up. Which stinks when you’re at home and really stinks when your miles away from an ever so convenient washing machine.

The next night my oldest son was accidentally hit with an oar and ended up in the Lake Powell ER for 11 stitches.

At this point I knew the Lake Powell gods were clearly against me.

I didn’t want to admit defeat even though I now had two kids that weren’t allowed in lake water by doctors orders and we still had a full week at Lake Powell. I like to think that I’m one who can roll with the punches but by now I just felt like I was repeatedly being punched.

Then the tsunami hit. There was a rock slide near our houseboat about the size of a football field. My husband happened to be out on the boat WITH MY KIDS tubing behind him when it happened. The rock slide sent 8 foot swells out of it’s path. Thank goodness everyone was all right.
BUT despite all that, we had a lot of fun with good food, friends, and family. A crazy, memorable trip. And I came home pregnant with a food baby.

Dang, I’m long winded today….

So here are a couple of reasons why my husband rocks as a DAD just this week alone:
  1. He had the smarts to ride it out the waves with the kids in tow instead of following the natural instinct to pull in the kids in the 8 foot swells, possibly capsizing the boat.
  2. When my kids started gushing blood out of their heads he calmly applied pressure instead of huddling into fetal position and crying like a baby (which is what I did).
  3. He washed out the sleeping bag, towels, and clothes covered in throw up Pocahontas style in the lake without batting an eye before I could even get to it.

On the the way home from Lake Powell we stopped at Sonic and got not ONE but TWO of their Double Stuffed Oreo Shakes. Oh man we deserved them.

 

These Cookies and Cream Brownies have a chocolatey dense brownies topped with a light and fluffy Oreo frosting. I’ve tried a lot of brownie recipes and this basic recipe is the one I love so far.
Cookies and Cream Brownies

Yield: 12 brownies

Ingredients

    Brownies:
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate; coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs; lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 Oreo cookies, crumbled
  • Cookies and Cream Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 5 Oreo cookies, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 9×9 inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Microwave chocolate and butter or margarine in large bowl for 3-4 minutes or until butter is melted.
  3. Whisk mixture until chocolate is melted. Stir in sugar. Add in eggs, extract and salt. Gradually add in flour and stir until just combined. Fold in crushed Oreo cookies.
  4. Bake for 28-32 minutes; do not over bake. These taste completely different if they are overbaked!
  5. Remove to cooling rack.
  6. For the frosting: Beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy with a mixer.
  7. Add the powdered sugar slowly, mixing together until combined. Add vanilla and mix until combined.
  8. Add milk to desired consistency. If your frosting is too thick add more milk and if it's too thin add some more powdered sugar.
  9. Crush Oreos and fold them into the frosting.
  10. Frost cooled brownies. Makes enough frosting for a 9X9 pan of brownies. Makes around 12 brownies.

Notes

Source: brownies adapted from My Baking Addiction ; frosting adapted from How Sweet It Is

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  1. OMG! Friend! What a trip. Definitely full of memories!
    I am glad to hear that I am not the only one that takes up the full fetal position when blood and drama happens with my kiddos. I can handle other kids injuries but my own kids blood sends me into a panic!!

  2. These brownies sound amazing and that frosting is over the top!

  3. I know this must’ve been such a hard week! I read your posts all the time (you have such good recipes!), and I couldn’t stop laughing-out-loud while reading this. Sorry, but it sounds like my life, retold. I hope everything’s back to normal.

    This recipe for Oreo Brownies looks absolutely delectable. Thanks again for widening my hips!

  4. Sorry about that vacation! But…I’m totally making these brownies for my best friend for her b-day. They look awesome!

  5. Wow, I would have put vavcation plans on hold after the first trip to the ER. And you were lucky you made it home safely after all of that, jeeze.

    Great looking brownies. Now I want one and I haven’t even had breakfast yet.

  6. Wow, what a trip! BUt that’ll be one to remember for the rest of your lives, you’ll get a lot of laughs out of it later on :)

    And the brownies look ridiculously good! Can’t wait to try out that frosting!

  7. These are fabulous-looking. I am already eating them with my eyes.

  8. I’m glad you’re all home safe! I’ve definitely had vacations like that with my family, and I still have the scars on my knees to show it.

    Those treats looks so yummy…Oreo bliss!

    -Emily

  9. The brownies sound fantastic, the vacation sounds like a nightmare! I guess we don’t live adventurously enough to have those kinds of stories to tell!!

  10. I think Ill just make the icing and eat it with a spoon.

  11. What a trip. So glad that you had a blast despite all of the crazy events. These look incredible. I made your oreo pudding cookies and they have become a family favorite. Thanks! I must try these.

  12. Oh my. I’m glad everyone is safe and well in the end.

  13. Umm, these brownies look amazing. That frosting. I’ve gotta make it!

    I’m so glad you guys stuck around even after all of the “incidents”. Miss you guys already.

  14. Oh my goodness! One thing after another on your vacation, eh? So glad you have a smart husband and that your kids are alright! These brownies look so tasty. Love the recipe!

  15. Yikes, sorry to hear about your vacation hiccups! Hope everyone is feeling tip top.

    These brownies look divine, thanks for sharing!

  16. Hi Christy! I just wanted to tell you how much I LOVE your recipes!! I just started my blog, littlegirlbigtaste.com, yesterday and I hope you get a chance to check it out!! :)

  17. Oh man sweetie! Doesn’t sound fun at all! Crazy about the landslide! We had crazy cold weather, not our best trip either…

  18. Three weeks ago, we had quite the similar adventure at Powell, minus the stitches, plus a tent and much, much wind. We did leave early because 45 mph winds and camping on the beach really don’t mix. The vomit in the sleeping bag had to have been my least favorite part.
    But we too had lots of good food, and some fun, when the wind wasn’t blowing.
    And these brownies might just be the death of me, because I just started Insanity, and have decided I need a lot less of your sweet treats if I want to look somewhat decent in a swimsuit come September. But I am making a list and when I am all done……..

  19. i would totally go for the frosting – with a spoon!

  20. Ouch. That’s defo the kind of trip that tests patience. You got through it though – and happily!! This recipe looks amazing too!

  21. oh my lord…i just made something SO similar to this that I am posting tomorrow!! hilarious! Great minds…

  22. doesn’t sound like a dream trip. I had to comment though because NEXT time…if there is a next time…you need to get your oreo shakes at RD’s in Page instead of Sonic. They are DELISH!
    This recipe looks yummy, i’ll have to try it out!

  23. Love love love this blog. I’m your newest follower. So fun. Can’t wait to hear more.

  24. Im a new follower, but I wanted to tell you that these brownies look amazing! I don’t like to bake, but I see these appearing in my kitchen soon!
    Have a great weekend!!!

  25. @Annie and Ambs,
    So glad you guys are here. Welcome to the land of gluttony!

  26. What a crazy trip! My family and I were also at Lake Powell earlier in June and also got a stomach bug…maybe it was sometthing on the houseboat…who knows.

    Anyhow, I love your site and I’ve been a long-time follower! Your site along with Annie’s Eats inspired me to start my own cooking blog!

  27. Owh…Tasty, love chocolate coockies

  28. Wow. These brownies are so rich that they pack a wallop. Thanks for sharing this recipe; it’s fantastic!

  29. The frosting on these brownies looks so amazing that I’m going to make a double batch of it to frost a 9 by 13 chocolate cake (the recipe from the Hershey cocoa can) for dessert on Christmas! My husband and in-laws are Oreo crazy and I think they’ll love it. Will let ya know how it turns out!

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