I’ve always gravitated towards routine when it comes to eating. Probably starting around second or third grade, I think I had the exact same lunch every day, even through high school. It was always a turkey sandwich, goldfish, an apple or some other fruit and Oreos. Oreos will always remind me of being a kid. For me, they will perpetually be that sweet treat that brought me a little bit of joy during the tedious school day.
Our friends very generously gave us this Ina Garten book for hosting them for New Years, so I’ve been itching to try a recipe. When I saw the recipe for Chocolate Chunk Blondies, this seemed to be the perfect opportunity to incorporate my Oreo nostalgia into a dessert.
I should warn you that these definitely fall on the sweeter side of desserts ~ so if you prefer something a little less sweet, these may not be your thing. But if you like your desserts sweet, you should definitely give these a go. All I know is that my husband took them to work and they were all gone by the end of the day :)
Crushed Oreo Blondies (adapted from Ina Garten’s Chocolate Chunk Blondies)
What You’ll Need:
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups crushed Oreos
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips (optional, for some extra chocolately meltyness)
What You’ll Do:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 and 1/2 by 12 by 2-inch baking pan. I have been using Baker’s Joy cooking spray to prepare baking pans, which works really well.
2. Place the Oreos in a Ziploc plastic bag and smash them with the back of a large spoon or spatula. Here is a chance to take out some pent up aggression! Don’t smash them to smithereens though ~ you want larger chunks, not crumbs.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar on high speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, and mix well. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Fold in the Oreos and chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.
4. Bake for 30 minutes and then allow the blondies to cool completely in the pan. While the blondies are still cooling, I would use a knife to separate them from the edge of the pan to make sure they will come out clean.
Not only are these tasty, but the Oreos mixed into the blondies make this a fun dessert to serve at a party or bring over to a friend’s house. I hope you give these a try :)