Earlier this evening I was browsing Twitter, like you do when I spotted a tweet from Marvel writer extraordinare Brian Reed:
Well, now those brownies happen to be a favorite of my darling baby sister, whose birthday happens to be tomorrow, so I ducked into the grocery store, grabbed a pack of Oreos and set to work. Thanks to the wonder of the iPhone I documented my process for anyone who wants to follow me into the pit of sugary death.
I cheat a bit and use a mix (it’s Funfetti! and I love Funfetti anything like, well, like 5-year-old me loved her funfetti cake with DINOSAUR sprinkles, Dinosaurs guys) so I just followed the directions on the box. I’m fairly confident these would work from scratch. If you’re a “no high fructose corn syrup ever” person like a co-worker of mine, the Trader Joe’s mix and “oreos” are a safe option.
This is the best part. I take one third to one half of the cookies and put them into a plastic zip bag and then I put that plastic zip bag into another plastic zip bag and then I smash it with a hammer! Or I throw it onto the ground as hard as I can about 10 times. Whatever smashes the cookies well, and the double bagging is really important. One bag or the other always pops open.
You’ll want to put aside the rest of those cookies, don’t eat them all just yet.
When you’re mixing up your batter add the crushed cookies to your dry ingredients. I have no idea why, but I’ve never had a problem with the batter being too dry, but your milage may vary here.
Put the batter into whatever kind of pan you like to use. I recommend a bigger one, but if you really like thick brownies feel free to use a smaller one.
Remember those cookies we put aside earlier? It’s time to use them! Depending on how small you plan to cut the brownies cut 8-12 cookies in half.
Arrange the cookies on top of the batter in the pan. I always give the first couple of rows too much space, but you don’t have to make my mistakes.
If, for some reason, you want to copy my mistakes, this is where you forget to sprinkle the candy coated chocolate chips on top of the brownies. Yes, there’s even more chocolate and sugar in these things, isn’t Funfetti wonderful?
Then bake according to your recipe, you’ll probably skew towards the longer end of the baking time.
That’s it! Enjoy!