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Cookies & Cream Brownies

You won't want to frost these brownies, since the marbled top is too pretty to cover up. Besides, the tasty cream cheese layer makes them taste as if they're already frosted. The crushed cookies add extra chocolate flavor and a fun crunch. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 8 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped


  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth; set aside. For brownie layer, combine the butter, sugars and cocoa in a large bowl. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to cocoa mixture. Stir in crushed cookie crumbs.
  • Pour into a greased 11x7-in. baking pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture over batter. Sprinkle with coarsely chopped cookies. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 brownie: 159 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 130mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Nancy
    Jun 16, 2020

    So good! Made these yesterday chewy and not super sweet.

  • marcibanes
    May 17, 2020

    Nothing beats homemade Brownies and this recipe is excellent. I made the recipe exactly as written and I will definitely make them again.

  • amehart
    Sep 18, 2019

    So good and my grandchildren's favorite dessert. Simple to make and it's perfect just as stated.

  • khegeman
    Oct 2, 2016


  • JGa2595176
    Sep 7, 2014

    I switched regular Oreos for the mint variety. Thought the family would go crazy for this recipe. Flavor was just so-so and while deep in chocolate flavor the the base, overall was not a favorite. Love the concept though and it's certainly a visually appealing recipe.

  • delowenstein
    Sep 3, 2012

    I've made these before & they're scrumptious! Thank you, Darlene, for sharing your tried & true recipes from TOH!

  • Gracegreen85
    Oct 18, 2011

    These are moist and delicious and not sickie sweet! My family and I love these. These brownies are amazing!

  • kdc-perez07
    May 21, 2010

    I wish that "maybe" were a choice for the question. I might make these again, I'm not sure. The batter for the brownie part was fluffy which seemed strange to me. I didn't add the sandwich cookies because I forgot to pick some up at the store. I added mint extract instead of the vanilla to the top layer. The top layer made it very hard to tell when the brownies were done. I had to use an 8x8 pan because I don't own an 11x7 one. I thought using a bigger one wouldn't work well making them too thin. I just found them ok tasting. The brownie part is kinda blah and I'd prefer the top layer to be sweeter than it is.

  • JAMSquared
    Apr 19, 2010

    I made these for a party I attended. They were a big hit.

  • vewebber58
    Oct 19, 2009

    These brownies were delicious. The cream cheese topping that you swirl into the chocolate part really makes them moist and yummy!