Oreo-Stuffed Brownies

I realized this morning that I haven’t made any desserts or unhealthy goodies for my family all summer long, except for my husband’s birthday cake back in June.  So, since we’re just about through July now and summer is flying along way too quickly (gasp — school’s starting in just a few weeks!!!!!), I decided it was a good day to make something yummy for them. This time I tried something new and I’m soooooo glad I did!

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These Oreo-stuffed brownies turned out to be really, really good. The recipe makes 12 of them and they’re incredibly filling — almost like eating a big piece of cake in my opinion, even though they’re cupcake-sized. They would be great for bake sales or potlucks, too. From cupboard to plate (including gathering ingredients, making, baking, cooling, and extricating from the muffin tin) it took me less than 40 minutes to crank these beauties out. So quick and easy! Maybe a little too quick and easy…..pretty sure these are NOT a part of my healthy eating plan. Hip hip hooray for cheat day, right?

The boys loved them and they didn’t last very long. My 16-year-old son who is pretty stoic — even when it comes to sweets and desserts (yeah, I don’t know where he gets that either) — raved and raved about these, saying they were (and I quote) “The.Best.Thing.Ever”!  If you make them, you’ll want to have milk handy to wash them down. And maybe even some vanilla ice cream. 🙂

Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of brownie mix (I used Ghirardelli mix in an 18-oz sized box)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 12 Oreo cookies

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 12-count muffin pan. You’ll want to make sure to evenly coat the sides and bottom of each of the 12 muffin cups in the pan so it’s not hard to get the brownies out when they’re baked.

2. Beat eggs, oil, and water together until combined.

3. Add brownie mix and stir until blended.

4. Using a spoon, put about 1 tablespoon of brownie batter into the bottom of each muffin cup in the pan.

5. Add an Oreo onto the batter in each muffin cup.

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6. Add the remaining brownie batter over the top of the Oreos.

 

7. Bake at 350F for 20-23 minutes or until toothpick inserted into brownie comes out clean.

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8. Let cool in muffin pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a plate. You may need to use a butter knife to gently encourage each brownie out of the cups.

 

Mmmmmmmm, rich, chocolatey, Oreo-y goodness. Make sure to eat one while they’re still warm, too. You won’t regret it!

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I think you could stuff just about anything into brownie batter and bake it. I’m going to be trying Golden Oreos, Chips Ahoy, Girl Scout Thin Mints, and other types of cookies inside brownies in the very near future. Yum!

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Subscription Box Showcase: Rocksbox #6

Today I’m featuring my 6th Rocksbox set. My 4th and 5th Rocksbox sets were both more on the summery boho casual side which I love, but I asked for more statement-type pieces this time just to mix it up. My stylist Jessica listened — and totally nailed it!

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Gor-gee-ous!! Here are details about each piece in this set, plus a promo code for one free month of Rocksbox if you’d like to try it yourself! (You totally should. True story.)

1. Perry Street Jenna Necklace in Pink (Insider’s Price $51)

If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram account for a while, you probably know I hardly ever wear pink. I don’t have anything against pink — I just don’t own a lot of pink things. I may have to start changing that, at least in the accessories department. This necklace is matte gold and a beautiful, coral-pink color accented with white crystals. It looks gorgeous with my current summery skin tone, and even better, this necklace looks gorgeous with so many tops I already own. I’m loving it against light or dark blue chambray; mint green; gold standards like black, gray, and white; and it even looks surprisingly awesome against colors you might not expect like yellow, dark green, and olive. I’m not typically a sparkly necklace type person, but I may make an exception to that and purchase this piece to keep. Love it!

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2. Kendra Scott Carey Earrings in Ivory Mother of Pearl (Insider’s Price $68)

These earrings are just dazzling! You could dress them way, way up for evening or you could even wear them with a gray tee and white jeans or jean shorts and they would look amazing. I think whatever you wear them with, you want to go without a statement necklace and bracelet because these are made to take center stage and would compete with anything else around them. They are so beautiful and noticeable, and they change a little in different types of light. Gorgeous! I’ve been wearing these quite a bit, but since I already bought a pair of gold and white crystal earrings (albeit much less showy), I’ll return them for something else when I’m done with this set.

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3. Slate Moonlight Daydream Cuff (Insider’s Price $31)

I am in danger of having to find space in my jewelry drawer for this one, folks. I have been eyeing white marble jewelry lately (have you noticed a lot of it lately too?) and this cuff is subtle enough to be layered, but can also stand out on its own. I love the gray marbling in the….uh, marble, and the white crystals flanking the marble give it just the right touch of sparkle. This is another piece you could wear with pretty much anything, and I’ve been finding it on my wrist almost daily since I got this set.

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All in all, this set was exactly what I was hoping for — some more noticeable (statement-worthy) pieces that are versatile enough to be dressed up or down and that work well with the clothes I already own. Nailed it!

 

ROCKSBOX PROMO CODE FOR ONE FREE MONTH!

If you’ve been eyeing Rocksbox for a while, here’s your chance to give it a try. Use promo code JENNYMBFF9 to get a free month. Here’s how Rocksbox works. For $19 per month, you have access to 3-piece sets of amazing designer jewelry. You can swap out your sets at any time (during June I actually swapped out THREE TIMES!). Likewise, you can keep a set as long as you like. I kept my May set for about 4 or 5 weeks all told. There are no strings — you can cancel any time you want. Plus, if there are pieces in your set that you want to buy, you can do so at Rocksbox’s discounted “Insider’s Price,” and they give you $10 toward the purchase. You can also get a $25 credit for referring other people (enter my code).

I was on the fence about Rocksbox at first, but now I’m on my 6th set in about 3 months and I love it. Every time a new box arrives it’s like Christmas! And I love not having to find space in my jewelry drawer every time I want to wear new items. Okay, every once in a while I do buy a piece and have to find space, but that’s only for the items I truly can’t live without. I enjoy Rocksbox just as much as Stitch Fix, and maybe even more because you can swap out items more often with just the monthly styling fee. I’d be happy to answer any questions about it, but if you want to know what I think (as if you can’t tell already – haha), I think it’s awesome.

Plus, customer service is amazing. One time there was a slight delay in shipping on one of my boxes. I really didn’t even notice the delay because, you know, life is busy and I really don’t sit and stare at the mailbox waiting for things (uh, usually). Anyway, seemingly out of the blue I received an email from Rocksbox apologizing for the delay and giving me a $10 credit. I was blown over because first, as I said, I didn’t even notice the delay. But second, for a company to make up for something they feel was bad for the customer WITHOUT BEING APPROACHED BY THE CUSTOMER is truly empathetic service. I can’t say enough about how good my experience has been with Rocksbox. Obviously (see above).  🙂

Call me Jenny Dean!

Can I get a wooo hoooo!!!???  I just saved $47.04 on frozen sausage-egg-bacon-cheese-hash brown breakfast bowls! This is the second time I’ve done it: on my first try I saved $29.59. I learned that mass-producing food for the freezer is much, much easier–and cheaper–the second time around. I’m aiming to save even more next time on my third try.

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“Jenny Dean” breakfast bowls — yum!

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 3 dozen eggs @ $2.19 ea.
  • 3 packages of Ore-Ide has browns @ $1.99 ea.
  • 2 pounds of Odum’s Tennesses Pride mild sausage @ $3.39 ea.
  • 2 packages of Kroger brand bacon crumbles @ $2.49 ea.
  • 1 8oz package of Kraft triple-cheddar shredded cheese @ $1.99 ea.

All of this makes 21 frozen breakfast bowls that are approximately 10-12 oz each. The comparable Jimmy Dean Sausage Egg Breakfast Bowl is only 8 oz and usually costs $3.49 at our local Kroger. My homemade bowls cost $1.25 each.

The first time I made these, I also had to purchase disposable BPA-free entree-sized food storage containers. But this time I washed and reused the same ones I bought last time, so that saved a total of $17.45 (I bought 25 of them at $3.49 per 5-pack of containers). Woohoo!

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Breakfast bowls finished and ready to pop into the freezer

I know I could save even more if I made the portion sizes a little smaller and used less expensive brands, but my kids and I really, really (really) like the taste of the ones I make and I’m hesitant to mess with the formula.

I have occasionally doubled a casserole recipe and frozen half for later, but I’ve never gone whole hog and prepared a week’s worth (let alone a month’s worth – kudos to those who are organized to pull that off!) to freeze. Maybe next summer I’ll venture into major cooking and freezing projects. But until then, I’m happy with my good ‘ole breakfast bowls. Just pop them into the microwave for 2:30 – 3:00 depending on how powerful your microwave is and they come out great! My kids love these and they’re a great breakfast (or even lunch or dinner on a busy day).

Anyone out there have any simple and quick(ish) recipes that can be mass-produced and frozen? I’d love to get more ideas because I can see some real money- and time-saving potential doing this type of thing more often. Share the wealth!