Half-baked crumbly bars

I think I'll start a section on this blog called the Sleepless Chronicles. I am finding that I like to wake up and think about brownies at 3:00 in the morning. Is this normal? Don't answer that. So here, my chocolate-loving friends, is my second installment of the Sleepless Chronicles, also aptly named Half-Baked Crumbly Bars. These were inspired by my favorite ice cream, Ben & Jerry's Half Baked, and also by my constant need to consume sugary, chocolatey treats. The "crumbly" part of the title comes from the fact that, well, they are a bit crumbly. I personally like the crumbliness because it makes me inclined to throw everything into a big bowl of ice cream! Or just into my mouth. Picture Cookie Monster.

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MAKE THE BROWNIES.

Prepare a box of brownie mix according to the package directions (I used a 19.5-oz. box of chocolate fudge brownie mix) and set aside. You will only be using half of the brownies for this recipe, so serve the other half for dessert or crumble it up and throw it into some vanilla ice cream!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

MAKE THE COOKIE DOUGH.

In a medium bowl, with a hand-held mixer, combine:

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

4 tablespoons butter, softened

Stir in:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoons milk

Carefully stir in a 12-oz. package of mini chocolate chips. Cover the cookie dough with plastic wrap and set aside (do not refrigerate).

MAKE THE CRUST.

Place 20 Oreo cookies in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped. Or, chop the old-fashioned way with a Ziploc bag and a spoon. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in 6 tablespoons of melted butter until the cookies are coated.

Spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray and add the Oreo mixture. Firmly press down with fingers until the crust is evenly distributed on the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. 

Coarsely chop half of the prepared brownies and add them to the cookie dough. With your hands, incorporate the brownie chunks into the cookie dough. Pour the mixture over top of the cooled Oreo crust and press down evenly with fingers.

MAKE THE TOPPING.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine:

12-oz. package milk chocolate chips

4 tablespoons milk

Heat in the microwave for 60 seconds. Stir and return to microwave, heating and stirring in 15-second intervals, until mixture is smooth. If needed, add 1 additional tablespoon of milk.

Pour the melted chocolate evenly over the cookie dough-brownie mixture.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and cut into small squares.

And yes, my husband gave me dirty looks after making this one, too.

Half-Baked Crumbly Bars

These bars are YUMMY! Crumbly, soft, crunchy and addicting.

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Dec 20, 2011

Serves: 12

Total time: 2 hrs

Half-Baked Crumbly Bars

Ingredients:

  • 19.5-oz. box chocolate fudge brownie mix
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 12-oz. package miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 20 Oreo cookies
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 12-oz. package milk chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons milk
Instructions:
  1. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Let cool. Keep oven on and change the temperature, if needed, to 350 degrees F. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, with a hand-held mixer, combine brown and white sugars with 4 tablespoons melted butter until smooth. Stir in flour, vanilla and 4 tablespoons milk. Carefully stir in 12-oz. package mini chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and set cookie dough mixture aside.
  2. Place Oreos in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in 6 tablespoons melted butter until coated. Spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray and add the Oreo mixture to the dish. Firmly press down with fingers until evenly distributed. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Coarsely chop half of the prepared brownies and add to the cookie dough mixture. With hands, incorporate the brownie chunks into the cookie dough. Pour mixture over top of cooled Oreo crust and press evenly with fingers.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the 12-oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips and 4 tablespoons milk in the microwave for 60 seconds. Stir and return to microwave. Heat in 15-second intervals until mixture is smooth when stirred. Pour melted chocolate evenly over cookie dough-brownie mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour and cut into squares.