After last weekend, I had a ton of Oreos to use up. I should mentioned that this was after I baked a second batch of those Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies. Oops.

I might have bought two packages. Oops again.

 

This may come as a surprise: I don’t really like to eat just plain Oreos. But I really love anything cookies and cream flavored. And I also have I-buy-too-many-things-that-I-don’t-need-syndrome. Now you know all about me.

I’ve already made cupcakes and brownies, but I couldn’t get a crunchy cookies and cream bar out of my mind. Especially since those double fudge Oreo crunch cookies. Lots of Oreos going on here for someone that doesn’t love them, right? After these bars, I might love them a little more.

 

It’s like the better-than-crack brownies and a bag of Oreos had a love child.

With Mr. How Sweet away, I figured this would be a great treat to make since it was probably something he wouldn’t eat. But I guess I was wrong, because after he came home yesterday he ate half the pan. Sometimes he surprises me.

The pictures say it all – these brownies are rich and chocolaty. And crunchy. And chewy. And lovely.

If you are one of those crazy people who doesn’t love sugary sweet, so-good-your-teeth-hurt desserts, then these probably aren’t for you. I forgive you. Make some of this cake instead.

Triple Layer Cookies and Cream Crunch Bars

makes 9-12 bars

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 cups chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter

20 Oreo cookies

Preheat oven to 350.

Butter and flour an 8 x 8 cake pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then add remaining teaspoon of vanilla. Add in cocoa powder and mix until combined. Add flour and salt, mixing well until batter is smooth and comes together. Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

Spread in the 8 x 8 pan. Sink 9 Oreo cookies into the batter and press gently. Bake for 25-30 minutes. While baking, crush the remaining Oreos in a ziplock bag. When brownies are finished baking, remove from the oven and sprinkle with 1/2 cup chocolate chips and crush Oreos. Place back in the oven for about 2-3 minutes. During this time, melt remaining chocolate chips and peanut butter together. Remove brownies from oven and pour melted chocolate mixture over top, spreading with a spatula. Make sure chocolate gets down into the Oreo crevices, as it is the “glue” that holds the top to the bottom. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

Let brownies sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before cutting. Don’t worry if some of the cookies spill out from the middle or the top cracks – they are still delicious!

If you need me, I’ll be in a sugar coma.

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268 Responses to “Triple Layer Cookies and Cream Crunch Bars.”

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    Taylor — March 25, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    You’re killing me. I never crave sweets in the morning unless I check How Sweet It Is at 6:00 a.m…then it’s an all day battle not to eat brownies all day! p.s. I definitely have I-buy-too-many-things-that-I-don’t-need-syndrome too. One step into Target and it’s game over for me.

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    The Teenage Taste — March 25, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. This is amazing, Jess! There have been so many great Oreo recipes in Blog World lately – I’ll have to buy 5 boxes! :-P

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    Hannah — March 25, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    I just have one quick question for you:

    How did so much genius get to be in the one Jessica?

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — March 25, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    You seriously kill me with these pictures. Sometimes, I feel like I’m having an affair with your recipes.

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    • Mary Beth — March 25th, 2011 @ 7:39 am

      LOL Chelsey!! I feel the same way!!!

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    • Jessica — March 25th, 2011 @ 8:07 am

      Love you guys!

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      • Mary Beth — March 25th, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

        I really don’t think you love us too much, you are trying to kill us!! LOL ;) I kid :)

        • Baking 'n' Books — March 25th, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

          Yeah, honestly – I mean seriously – this is painful. Painful. Just there are no words to express how badly I want those here now. But the sad fact that I would eat the whole pan. No. control. (nor your baking skills…)

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    VeggieGirl — March 25, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    Be still, my beating heart.

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — March 25, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    Omg the amount of chocolate, and crunch, and cream and just total food porn on the screen is making my head spin. In the best way!!! I actually just got done prewriting a recipe and tomorrow will be making it. It’s not quite as chocolately as this, but hopefully it turns out just as well :)

    STELLAR recipe AND great pics, too!

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    Cara — March 25, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    These look awesome and the pictures are beautiful!! I also don’t like just plain oreos to eat, but I love them in other things!

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    Terri — March 25, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    Those look delicious, but I don’t know how well they could be “dunked”…..who cares. I’d probably put it in a bowl and pour the milk on it if I wanted to dunk. Great recipe.

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    • Jessica — March 25th, 2011 @ 8:06 am

      LOL good idea!

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    Fallon — March 25, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    Now I’ve never had the combination of oreos and peanut butter, but I like it!

    These look killer. Kind of reminded me of Paula Deen. LOL

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    Mary Beth — March 25, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    I heart all things cookies/cream. I am just staring at that first picture. Gasp.

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun — March 25, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    You have GOT to be kidding me!!!! And I mean that in the best of ways of course. A huge compliment. And a cursing because if I don’t find something to make and bring these to I will be making them all for me and undoing any progress I have made post-baby. ;)

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    Kim — March 25, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    I can always rely on you to incorporate peanut butter!

    This might be the most sinfully delicious thing I’ve ever seen.

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    Christina — March 25, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    Love. Just love.

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    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) — March 25, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    My question is how much cardio do you have to do in order to eat like you do? My favorite foods are the ones that are a mix of flavors that can then be referred to as a love child. These are insanely decadent.

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    • Jessica — March 25th, 2011 @ 8:06 am

      Hahaha contrary to how it may seem, I really don’t eat garbage all day long!

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      • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — March 25th, 2011 @ 8:09 am

        Oh I figured that. I’m pretty sure you eat similar to me…only I eat more veggies. I am impressed with you though, you are really finding your groove with vegetables.

        Have a great day Jessica!

        • Jessica — March 25th, 2011 @ 8:32 am

          You too love!

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    Elizabeth@The Sweet Life — March 25, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    Each time I read one of your recipes, I think I can’t possibly like your next recipe as much but alas…each time I do!

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    • Jessica — March 25th, 2011 @ 8:05 am

      Thank you! :)

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — March 25, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    ohhhh my goodness. these look unbelievable. my mum used to make my sister and i make our own lunches for school when we were younger, and once i got in trouble when she discovered i’d packed myself 8 oreos. if i knew about these bars at the time… i’m sure i would have tried to pack a whole batch!! :)

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    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life — March 25, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    I believe my heart may have just skipped a beat… ;)

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    Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon — March 25, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    I haven’t even tasted these yet, but I already rank them right up there with that cookie dough dip from the holidays. Seriously: I can’t WAIT to make these :)

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    Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds — March 25, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    I have a simple suggestion for you…MAKE A COOKBOOK. Girl, you’d sell out every Barnes and Noble out there!

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    Julie @SavvyEats — March 25, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    While I avoid most processed foods, I have a weakness for Oreos.

    And Nutella. But that’s a different story.

    I WANT TO MAKE THESE.

    Except my kitchen is largely packed up already. Bookmarking…

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    Mel @ omgawesome.net — March 25, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Please tell mr how sweet that I’m coming to steal you. When it comes to food, you and I are totally on the same page. It’s 8 am, and all I want is chocolate now.

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    Alexis @ There She Goes — March 25, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    Oh. mah. gawd.

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    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living — March 25, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    Jessica. Seriously – when are you opening a bakery? If you do, please think about Boston as a location ;).

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    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — March 25, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    Sugar coma, indeed! I’d need a full gallon of milk to drink with these…and then a fluoride treatment!

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — March 25, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Dear Lord…I think just looking at these pictures made my pants tighter!! :-)

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — March 25, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    Ohhhh my goodness, another must make!!

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    Sarah Jayne — March 25, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    Dear lord if only I could bake. I attempted your better than crack brownies, and I SWEAR i followed the directions, but the rice crispy part wouldn’t stick together….so we did what normal people do…we ate the crumbled brownies and cereal with milk. For breakfast. That *IS* normal, right?!

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    • Jessica — March 25th, 2011 @ 8:52 am

      Um, I think we should be best friends.

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — March 25, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    Oreos are probably my favorite cookie — I could eat an entire package because they taste so good and the horrible stomachache would be worth it!

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    Liz — March 25, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    I’m in love with the oreo-brownie love child! :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 25, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    Oh yes, amazingness. Good thing I don’t have enough time to make this before I go to Puerto Rico!

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    Kim in MD — March 25, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    I absolutely love your writing style and sense of humor, Jessica! Seriously, you make me laugh out loud every single day! That said, this recipe is over the top crazy…you are so creative! :-)

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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — March 25, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Oh my GOODNESS! This looks seriously good. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to let these babies sit for 15 minutes before eating them.

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — March 25, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    I don’t even have words for your creations anymore.

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    Erica — March 25, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    What a creative bar! I bet these would be fun with the TJs different varieties of oreos. Husbands are funny. My husband used to “hate” pumpkin…now he requests pumpkin chocolate chip bars on a regular basis…

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    Nicole — March 25, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    I thought these sounded good…until you said there was peanut butter in them and then I thought they sounded AMAZING. I think I have found my Mother’s Day cake!

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    presley — March 25, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    That looks ahhh-mazing!!

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    Rebecca — March 25, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    Oh wow! My teeth hurt just looking at these brownies! But I have this feeling I’d love them anyway.

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    Kath — March 25, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    WOW.

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    Abby — March 25, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    I think I just died a little.

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    brandi — March 25, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    alright. this is getting ridiculous! I have a baked good in the works to make this weekend that is almost EXACTLY like this. how are we on the same wavelength?!? it is weird :)

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    Tracy — March 25, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    I’m in love!

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    Caelyn — March 25, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Omg. Must. Eat. Immediately. I love that these have peanut butter in them along with all the other amazingness.

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    • Caelyn — March 25th, 2011 @ 9:31 am

      Furthermore, thank goodness these are in an 8×8. Eating the whole 9×13 pan in one sitting would be bad.

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    Melissa — March 25, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    I am going to need to buy new jeans. Sending you the bill! ;)

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    Jihane @Sinful Sundays — March 25, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Word. <3

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    Katie — March 25, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Those look insane. I need some right now.

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    chloe@ 321delish — March 25, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    seriously…you need to stop. (not really…please keep going). but this recipe is just crazy.

    on a side note- do you have a good recipe for a baked shrimp dish??? I have made baked greek shrimp with tomato sauce and feta…but any other ideas?!?

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    • Jessica — March 25th, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

      I don’t have a baked shrimp dish… sorry! I have a few others, but nothing baked.

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    Naomi — March 25, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    hi. bye. i can’t stay on your page for too long. I know you understand ;) <3

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    • Jessica — March 25th, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

      So close!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — March 25, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    I’m continually in awe of you. I love it. Can I request treats when we finally meet in person? ;)

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    • Jessica — March 25th, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

      Absolutely!

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    carrie@familyfitnessfood.com — March 25, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    WOW!!! I’m with you, not a big Oreo fan, but love anything cookies and cream flavored. That looks sooooo yummy.

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    Elena — March 25, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    I think I just died and went to Oreo heaven.

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