Simple Oreo Brownies

Today’s post is a quick and simple way to add something extra to your brownies, for all those Valentine’s Day chocolate lovers. Brownies from a box are pretty awesome especially the Ghirardelli brownie mix. What I am about to share is one of the best kept secrets when it comes to brownies. Ok, I’m exaggerating..It only feels like a secret to me because I never heard or thought to try it before.

All you have to do is make brownies using the instructions on the box or from scratch if you prefer. Pour half the batter in a baking pan and then put a layer of Oreos. Cover the layer with the rest of the batter.

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I crushed up a few Oreos and sprinkled them on top before putting it in the oven.

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You can use Oreos or Reeses or York peppermint patties or any of your favorite cookies!

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Sooo good! And even better with ice cream. You’re welcome for this life hack 😉

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Holiday Cookie Party 2013

Happy Holidays Everyone! Finals have finished, and I feel a burden has been lifted. For a brief moment, there is a time in between finals and finding out your grade for the semester where you can live in a world of blissful ignorance and carefree happiness. I am currently in that world, and it feels great.

As a treat to ourselves right before finals started, a few ladies in my graduate program and I decided to have a Holiday Cookie Decorating Party…despite the fact that none of us had ever hosted and/or been to such a party before. One of the girls offered her place, and she had all the right utensils including an electric mixer. The whole party was a total success! I brought the icing, sprinkles, etc. Another brought flour, sugar, and eggs. Some brought cookies that were already made and light snacks. As far as the “snacks” go, we had pimento cheese sandwiches, humus and pita, baklava, pretzels, and coffee cake. So in reality, we had a feast; there was so much food. As far as drinks go, we had apple cider and Silk soy milk “seasonal nog.”

Since one of our friends is gluten-free, we found a recipe for a no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie online.

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While those were cooling, we made some good ole-fashioned Sugar Cookies.

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For the decorations, we used RedHots, red, green, white icing, chocolate chips, glitter, and sprinkles. We also had different colored food dye which was mixed into the white icing to get different colors.

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Snowman, dog, Santa hats, flower complete with leaves, Mickey Mouse, and of course an infinity sign to represent our mathematical side

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We had so much fun, it was awesome! I will definitely miss these girls when I leave.

I want to end this post with my favorite Christmas song; on last year’s holiday post, it was When Christmas Comes – John Legend feat Mariah Carey.

My favorite Christmas song of 2013: Underneath the Tree – Kelly Clarkson. I wish you all a very Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!