Oreo Brownie Bars

January 29, 2022
A scratch-made brownie base is topped with crumbled Oreos and vanilla icing glaze to create these ultra-tasty Oreo Brownie Bars. They're one indulgently rich and delicious pan of Oreo goodness, for sure!

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Oh my, these Oreo Brownie Bars are like enjoying Oreos and milk, but even better! Because there's a scratch-made brownie base under those Oreos. And a vanilla icing glaze over them. Which come together to create one indulgently rich and delicious pan of Oreo goodness, for sure.

This recipe calls for making a from-scratch brownie batter to create the bars' base. You could absolutely take a shortcut and use a brownie mix if you'd like, but the from-scratch brownie batter is actually really easy to make. -- And a step whose rich chocolatey result we feel is worth the scratch-made effort.

Oreo Brownie Bars are one indulgently rich and delicious pan of Oreo goodness, for sure!


The only thing that makes the scratch-made brownie batter take longer than a boxed mix to make is melting baker's chocolate and butter together, and then letting the mixture cool to room temperature before mixing up the batter.  Yes, it adds a few minutes, but it's not at all hard.  

So if you've ever been afraid to make from-scratch brownies, we encourage you to take the plunge with this recipe.  The indulgently rich and delicious Oreo Brownie Bars that result are worth it, for sure.

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Oreo Brownie Bar Ingredients:

Oreo Brownie Bars are made up of two components -- the Oreo-topped brownie base and a vanilla icing glaze. 

For the brownie base, you'll need:
  • Unsweetened chocolate - A bar of unsweetened baking chocolate brings the scratch-made brownie's chocolate element. Look for baking chocolate near the chocolate chips in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

  • Granulated sugar - A fairly hefty dose of sugar is needed to sweeten the recipe's unsweetened chocolate base.

  • Eggs - Four whole eggs are whipped until fluffy for the brownie batter. With no leavening agent in the batter, eggs take on full responsibility for the brownies' rise.

  • Butter - Serves as the batter's fat and brings richness to the brownie base.

  • Vanilla extract - Rounds out the brownie batter flavor.

  • All-purpose flour - Just one cup of all-purpose flour is used in the brownie batter, and brings structure to the brownies as they bake.

  • Oreos - Crumbled Oreos adorn the entire top of the brownie batter and are the signature element of these tasty bars.

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For the icing glaze, you'll need:
  • Powdered sugar - Forms the base of the icing glaze.

  • Butter - Mixes with the powdered sugar to bring a nice richness to the glaze.

  • Vanilla extract - A hearty dose of vanilla extract nicely flavors the glaze. Use pure vanilla extract, rather than imitation, for the best flavor and result.

  • Hot water - A few tablespoons of hot water makes the glaze into a drizzling consistency.

How to Make Oreo Brownie Bars:

Start creating this indulgent Oreo deliciousness by beating some eggs and salt together until they're good and fluffy. 

Since the eggs are fully responsible for the rise of the brownies in this recipe, keep those eggs going for about 3 to 4 minutes until they are frothy and lightening in color. -- This means a good amount of air is incorporated in them, which will help the brownies nicely rise.

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Gradually add in the sugar while beating, followed by stirring in the vanilla extract.

Ohhhh, then comes the best part - Pour in a mixture of melted unsweetened chocolate and butter that's been cooled down to almost room temperature, and stir the chocolate in by hand. It wouldn't be brownie bars without the chocolate!

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To finish off the brownie batter, fold in a little flour by hand. It's important to do this by hand so as not to completely deflate the beaten eggs. -- They need all that air that was incorporated into them to create the brownie bars' rise.

Once the flour's mixed in, spoon the batter into a baking pan.  Scatter crushed Oreos all over the top and then pop the pan in the oven to bake.

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While the brownies are baking, make a really simple vanilla icing glaze with melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and hot water.

Drizzle the glaze all over the brownies just after they come out of the oven, covering the top really good.

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Let the Oreo Brownie Bars cool completely, and then you're good to go with digging in to enjoy! And enjoy, we truly think you will.

Now, I've got a little side-note story from way back when I first started making these Oreo Brownie Bars. The first batch I ever made, my husband said "I think I'd like these better without the white stuff on top."  

Well, a comment like that is like double-dog-daring me to do something, so I had to put that concept to the test. I made another batch -- and this time glazed half the pan, and left the other half "without the white stuff," to quote my husband. We then put the two versions through a head-to-head taste test, and -- you guessed it -- the "white stuff" won!  My husband Mark had to eat his words. -- And a lot of Oreo Brownie Bars.

Check out these other super tasty Oreo sweet treats:

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Yield: about 20-24 bars
Oreo Brownie Bars

Oreo Brownie Bars

A scratch-made brownie base is topped with crumbled Oreos and vanilla icing glaze to create these ultra-tasty Oreo Brownie Bars. They're one indulgently rich and delicious pan of Oreo goodness, for sure!
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 1 H & 10 M

Ingredients

For the Brownies:
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 c. crumbled Oreo cookies
For the Icing Glaze:
  • 1/3 c. butter
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 to 3 T. hot water

Instructions

Prepare the Brownies:
  1. Melt chocolate and the 1/2 cup butter in the top of a double boiler, or in a small saucepan over very low heat. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Beat eggs and salt until very fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Gradually beat in sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  3. By hand, fold in chocolate mixture. Add flour and gently fold until blended.
  4. Pour batter into a greased 9x13" pan. Scatter crushed Oreos evenly over the top.
  5. Bake at 350℉ for 36-42 minutes, until center is puffed and a wooden pick inserted comes out with a few crumbs but no wet batter.
Prepare the Icing Glaze:
  1. While the brownies are baking, heat the 1/3 cup butter until melted. Stir in powdered sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla.
  2. Stir in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until glaze is of desired consistency to drizzle.
  3. Once brownies are out of the oven, drizzle the glaze on top.
  4. Cool completely before serving.
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10 comments

  1. Wow! I just got back from the grocery store but I wish I'd seen this recipe before I went so I could've bought oreo's to make these bars this weekend. Another time!

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  2. Oh man...these look to die for!! Thanks for linking them at the FBF hop!
    ~Carolyn

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  3. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #26.

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
    www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com

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  4. Yum, Oreos and brownies together what could be more delicious. Visiting from Marvellous Monday's.

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  5. Oh wow... these look absolutely sinful! ;)
    Thank you so much for sharing these at Marvelous Mondays this week.

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  6. How did I not know about this combination before? A mix of two of my favorite things. This is going on the list to be made soon. Thanks for always sharing such yummy desserts. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thank you; how can one go wrong mixing two favorites? We always enjoy your linky party.

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  7. You know you're calling my name with these. Featuring when my party opens up tonight!

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