Friday, October 26, 2012

Trying Out the Slutty Brownie

When I saw a link to the slutty brownie recipe on the Huffington Post, I knew I had to try them. (By the way, HuffPost lost the courage of their convictions, renaming them "Layered Brownies.")

Get this:  a brownie that consists of a layer of rich chocolate chip cookie cough, topped with a layer of Oreos, topped with a layer of fudgy brownies. 

A stoner's dream.

What's interesting is that the Oreos actually soften during the cooking process, creating a tender creamy white stripe in the middle of the finished brownie.

The hardest part of this is, like with any brownie, getting the middle just done enough so that it's not goo, without baking the outer edges to a hard shell. 

It's key to use the right size pan, 9 x 9, or your brownies will never bake through in the oven.

Why they're called "slutty," I don't know. Because they're so bad they're good?  I'm open to ideas here.

Slutty Brownies

Equipment: 9 x 9 pan

For the Brownie layer:
10 tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups white sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup AP flour

For the Oreo layer:
1 package of Oreo (regular stuffed or double stuffed)

For the Cookie Dough layer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temp)
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
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. For the Brownie layer:
In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the sugar and cocoa powder once the butter is melted. Whisk to combine and remove from heat. Add the salt, vanilla and eggs and continuously whisk until the eggs are combined. Add the flour and continue to mix. Set batter aside.

2. For the Cookie Dough layer:
Cream together the butter and sugars in a mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until everything is incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips. Set dough aside.

3.  Assembly:
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
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 slutty brownies.

Layer as many oreos that will fit on top of the cookie dough. No need to overlap. One single layer will do.

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.

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