Knock Your Socks Off Brownies

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I made these this past weekend…  {my apologies for the less than stellar picture, my ice cream was melting & it had to be eaten fast, there was little time for photo styling!}

If you come to my blog looking for “healthy” recipes, please look away fast & don’t judge me.  While I do my best to stick to my non-processed, little-sugar way of life, sometimes things like this just happen.  My apologies in advance if I happen to suck you into this much-to-decadent dessert euphoria with me.  I probably shouldn’t have even posted this here, but it felt very selfish & dishonest of me not to.  I promise to post a spinach & carrots recipe in a couple days {just kidding, I think}.

So, if you cruise around Pinterest much these days, you’ve probably seen this insanely scrumptious picture floating around from Kevin and Amanda’s blog.

I knew the first time I saw it I would have to make it.  It was destiny.  {My apologies for being so dramatic, chocolate has that affect on me sometimes.}  Since we were having some family over for a little get-together, I thought it would be the perfect time to indulge in this luscious dessert.

Because I can’t leave any recipe alone, I did put my own spin on it, doing my very, very best to convince myself I was making it “healthy”.  I can be very convincing {especially if I just need to convince myself}, but I’m afraid there’s no getting around the fact that this is just one very delicious serving of sugar.  One that is most definitely best when shared with friends!

So, here’s what I did…

I started with my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe {my recipe is top-secret (everyone should have at least one top-secret recipe) but really any basic chocolate chip cookie recipe will do}.  If you would like to attempt to health it up a bit, try substituting whole wheat pastry flour for the white flour in the recipe & replacing the sugar with sucanat.  Spread the batter in a 9×13 baking dish lined with parchment paper…

Here’s where things start to get out of hand…

Insert a layer of oreos!

Then, whip up a batch of brownies.  Again, any ole’ brownie recipe would work.  You could even go the super easy route & make the boxed version.  I’m not a big fan of all the unidentifiable ingredients in those things so I stuck with my homemade variety because they are just as easy to whip up in my mind, & they taste fantastic!

Here’s my super-simple brownie recipe:

3/4 c. melted butter

2 c. sucanat

1/2 tsp sea salt

3 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 c. whole wheat pastry flour

Combine the butter, sucanat & sea salt.  Add the eggs & vanilla & beat well.  Mix in cocoa & flour until completely combined.

Take the brownie batter & spread over the oreos…

Cover with foil & bake in an oven preheated to 350° F for 30 minutes.  Remove the foil & bake for another 15-25 minutes, until the middle is set (being careful to not burn the edges).

Cut into bars, top with ice cream & enjoy!

Please excuse me, I’ll be out running for the next few hours!:)

Sources: adapted from Kevin and Amanda, brownie recipe adapted from Rachael Ray


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