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

  1. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — March 25, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Aaaahhhh these look so sinful – and heavenly. I like desserts as sweet and sugary as possible so I would definitely absolutely positively utterly LOVE these.


    • Jessica — March 25th, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

      You’re my kind of dessert girl.


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    Christina — March 25, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    Made these this afternoon – can’t wait until I can take them out of the refrigerator!! Great recipe :]


    • Jessica — March 25th, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

      Let me know how they are!!


  3. #
    Amy | She Wears Many Hats — March 25, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    My daughter says to tell you “Whoa!”

    I say “YUM!”


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    Alisha @ Wee Foodie Fashionista — March 25, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    Oh man. I love all things cookies and cream. These are going to have to happen really soon. Must buy more Oreos…I used mine all up on cookies!


  5. #
    Gen — March 25, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    Can you say chocolate coma? Awesome recipe! hahaha


  6. #
    Elena — March 25, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    I never thought of a cookie with Oreos. I tried your recipe and is delicious. I saved it.


  7. #
    Kate — March 25, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    If i weren’t headed out of town after work, I’d go directly to the store to buy the ingredients to make these. Sinful! Can’t wait to try them.


  8. #
    Helena — March 25, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    I totally agree on the no-plain-oreos thing. But this recipe? Are you kidding me? Something just crept to the top of my to-do list :D


  9. #
    Erika — March 25, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    I discovered your website last week, and I’ve spent everyday since then going through all of your old recipes and marking the ones I like! I have already even tried some of them. You’ve inspired me to be a better blogger, and go out and try new recipes! Thank you!


    • Jessica — March 25th, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much Erika!


  10. #
    Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) — March 25, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

    I just bought Oreos to make the chocolate chip stuffed Oreo cookies. Now you’re telling me I need to buy more!?! ;)


    • Jessica — March 25th, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

      Yes! Trust me. :)


  11. #
    vanillasugarblog — March 25, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    cavity bars! oh hell yes.


  12. #
    Ashley — March 25, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

    reeeeeeediculous!!!!! :) I think my body would go into sugar shock, but I think it would be worth it.


  13. #
    Stephanie — March 25, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    Oh. My. God. I’m fighting back tears over here. Those are BEAUTIFUL! I’d probably eat the whole pan and feel sick for the rest of the weekend…but it would probably be worth it.


  14. #
    Caroline — March 25, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    WOW. You are my idol. Thank you for helping feed my sugar addiction!


  15. #
    Ally — March 25, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    Pretty sure my cholesterol just went up 50 points just looking at these pictures. These would SO be worth those 50 points…


  16. #
    Rachel — March 25, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    OMG! Echoing everyone’s comments.

    I think I’ll try this with peppermint Oreos (left over from the holidays) and leave out the peanut butter. Yum!


  17. #
    Kelly — March 25, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    I also don’t like Oreos but love everything cookies and cream! Can’t wait to try these!


  18. #
    Emily — March 25, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

    These look SOOOO good! And they are making me crave chocolate in the worst of ways! I will be making these at the first chance I get, but unfortunately, the only chocolate in my house right now is a box of cocoa puffs…sigh.


  19. #
    Tracy @ Commit To Fit — March 25, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    I want these bars immediately! I gained 5lbs just looking at them :)


  20. #
    Jennifer — March 26, 2011 @ 12:06 am

    I feel the urge to buy several packages of oreos now! By the way, my husband and I made your BBQ Chicken Enchiladas tonight for our best married couple friends that came over tonight….we absolutely loved this dish and so did our friends!


  21. #
    Blond Duck — March 26, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    (Falls over.)


  22. #
    The Café Sucré Farine — March 26, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    I might have to walk 10 miles in order to feel justified to make AND eat these but I’m willing! :) They look fabulous!


  23. #
    Katie@Cozydelicious — March 26, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    You are on such an oreo kick! But these look awesome! I made oreo brownies the other day but these are probably even better…


  24. #
    Jess — March 26, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    Mmmmm! Oh my gosh, these look sinful!!!


  25. #
    Tricia — March 26, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    I just saw these on Yahoo and immediately thought of you! Bacon Chocolate chip cookies….


  26. #
    sarah (sarah learns) — March 26, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    oh my gosh – these bars look amazing! i think if my fiance hadn’t already proposed, these bars would be enough to convince him! :)


  27. #
    my little celebration — March 26, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Hi Jessica! If you’re up for it, I’ve nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award. See what it’s all about here:

    If you choose to participate you just share 7 things about yourself on your blog and then pass it on to up to 15 other bloggers if you’d like.

    Hope you’re having a lovely weekend friend!


  28. #
    Jessica J — March 26, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    From one Jessica to another, THANK YOU! I just discovered your site and I’m madly in love! I also don’t like oreos but LOVE anything cookies-n-cream flavored. I’ll definitely be making these despite trying to lose weight. I’ll just take them to work to share. LOL


  29. #
    Jo — March 26, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    I need these in my stomach immediately


  30. #
    Jessica — March 26, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    sometimes I read your blog and I feel like I should go run a mile. I mean that in the best possible way. As in run a mile to the store and buy oreos, stat.


  31. #
    Maranda — March 26, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    I have no words. Well…that’s not true. I have one word: WOW!


  32. #
    Jill — March 27, 2011 @ 12:45 am

    You are so pretty!!!


  33. #
    carine — March 27, 2011 @ 4:57 am

    Wow this looks really good. you look really pretty too!


  34. #
    Sam — March 27, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    These were amazing! I think my heart might have stopped for a second from the sweet richness but it was worth it.


  35. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — March 27, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    OH.MY.WORD. My son would crown me Mother of the Year if I made these!


  36. #
    kristen — March 27, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

    totally have those in my oven as we speak! amazing! i cant wait!! and i wonder what a blonde version would taste like? im gonna try it. I will let you know!


  37. #
    Jodi — March 27, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    I think these pictures just gave me diabetes. Now I need to go to the grocery store so I can make these!


  38. #
    Jen — March 27, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

    Just finished making these and put the pan in the fridge. Can’t wait for my family to taste them. Unfortunately I can’t eat chocolate or peanut butter so I’ll be enjoying them through them. These looked too amazing to not make and share!


    • Jessica — March 27th, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

      Hope they love them!


  39. #
    Pearl (Crunch and Chew) — March 28, 2011 @ 6:41 am

    Oh no you didn’t!


  40. #
    MomentumMom — March 28, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    OMG, going to have to make these. Wow!


  41. #
    Cindy Coniglio — March 28, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    Can you add these to my list seriously?? Please!!


  42. #
    Elle — March 28, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh! Oreo overload! But in a totally good way. ;)


  43. #
    meg @pinkgiggles — March 28, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    You are seriously my hero. What a genius creation!


  44. #
    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — March 28, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    Looking at your blog is not a smart idea during my sugar fast. I’m so tempted to give in and makes these bars!! :)


  45. #
    Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey — March 28, 2011 @ 11:50 pm

    Jess, I am drooling!! This is too amazing. I want it right nowww.


  46. #
    Erin — March 29, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    OMG these tempted me and tempted me until I could take it no longer. I made these last night for a friends birthday. I’m surprised I even got them to her house. They were to die for!


    • Jessica — March 29th, 2011 @ 10:44 am



  47. #
    Cali — March 29, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    O.M.G. I kind of WORSHIP oreos and these look divine!!! Thanks!


  48. #
    Chantelle — March 29, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    WOW. My fiance and I made a double recipe of these two nights ago for a big family get together and they disappeared. The little kids were fighting over the last piece, and his sister requested that we make her a pan today. You know it’s a good dessert when you make a double recipe TWICE in four days.


  49. #
    Tiffany — March 29, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    Any recs for subbing the peanut butter with something else to act as the glue? Call him so uber duber crazy like I do, but my Mr. does not like PB, but I know we’d both dig these!!!


    • Jessica — March 29th, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

      You can just leave the peanut butter out and add more chocolate!


  50. #
    SamIAm — March 29, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    These looked amazing and I couldn’t help but make them right away! I’m not that fond of PB in desserts so I just used more chocolate and a little cream to make a sort of ganache topping.

    Delicious, but I wonder what I did wrong with the homemade brownies, they came out looking nothing like these! Mine are a very pale brown and crunchy-hard on the outside, goopy and unbrownie-ish on the inside. Thought I followed the directions step-by-step and the batter looked just like the photo, but not the end product!

    Alas! I’ll get it right some day.


    • Rhiannon — April 5th, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

      The same thing happened to me!


      • Jen — April 15th, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

        I made these again for the 2nd time and the brownie was a light brown not a dark chocolate look. What could I be doing wrong?

        • Jessica — April 15th, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

          Jen, I use dark cocoa powder (Hershey’s) which is why mine are so dark. Any kind of cocoa works fine but regular cookie will make the brownies lighter in color!


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