WARNING: This is NOT a healthy recipe.
It involves things like sugar, butter, chocolate and caramel. And it is DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!
Sometimes it can be nice to step outside one’s comfort zone and try something new. For me, this involves baking. I have never considered myself much of a baker before, I occasionally make cookies around the holidays but that’s usually the extent of my efforts. My ambivalence about baking is based on the fact that Craig hates dessert and that I don’t have most of the tools and equipment for successful baking.
We were invited to a Superbowl party this weekend and I was racking my brain about what to make. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to make some super sinful, delicious dessert. I have seen variations of what are called Slutty Brownies all over Pinterest. Basically you take a brownie and stuff or layer it with other types of desserts. I figured I could do this no sweat and include the greatest cookie ever: the oreo.
So I set out to combine a bunch of delicious things, throw in the oven and enjoy. I obviously could have made cookie dough and brownie batter from scratch, but that seemed like a lot on a weekend where there was a lot going on. So instead, I grabbed some simple ingredients and tried to make my epic dessert.
The name also gave me pause. I don’t really like the word slut or its connotations, and this was so much more than a brownie. My delightful coworkers (and taste testers) Esther and Tim helped me brainstorm the perfect name. The result was strumpet bars. Strumpet is a nice, old timey word for what I hope describes the essence of these bars.
NOTE: Because of the gooey, fudgy ness of these, they really need to sit and cool for a while. I would recommend at least an hour, but they also improve a lot the next day. As difficult as it is to control youself, you will be grateful for the cooling time.
- 1 box of fudgy brownie mix (Ghiradelli recommended)
- 1 package of break and bake chocolate chip cookies
- 16 oreos or sandwich cookies
- ⅓ cup + 2 tbsp caramel sauce or dulce de leche
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350
- Line an 8×8 glass baking pan with parchment paper
- Layer cookie dough in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Press with a spatula or spoon if necessary.
- Layer oreos across the surface of the cookie dough, making sure to place them side by side
- Spoon caramel sauce in an even layer over Oreos
- Make brownie mix according to package directions, pour batter into the pan. It should drip through the oreo layer.
- Cover with foil and bake for 35-40 minutes
- Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes – brownie mixture should set
- Drizzle caramel over the top and sprinkle with sea salt. Cut into 16 squares and serve.