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Dirty Blonde Bars

A few weeks ago, I began experimenting with layered bar cookies. I was inspired by The Cle Brownie Company, whose brownies are the stuff of legends. When I get a taste for one, I order four, cut them into smaller sections (they are HUGE!), and freeze them. The brownies are a treat to be sure.

But I like to bake, too, so I played around a bit and came up with this recipe. It was a hit with my testers, so I’m passing it along!

Ingredients

Brownie layer

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup white chocolate chips (more gives you a gooier texture.

Cookie layer

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Cookie dough layer – 1 package Oreo sandwich cookies

Instructions

Start with the cookie dough layer:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ° F
  2. Grease (or spray with non-stick cooking spray) the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan.
  3. Begin the cookie dough layer by sifting the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder together into a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Cream together the butter and both types of sugar. A stand mixer works best, but a hand mixer will work just fine, as this is not a thick dough.
  5. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix until incorporated.
  6. Add the flour mixture gradually, mixing on low until it is combined thoroughly.
  7. Press the cookie dough into the bottom of the baking pan, making sure the layer is even and the corners are flat.
  8. Next, layer as many Oreos as will fit on top of the cookie dough.

Mix up the brownie batter:

  1. Sift together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter over low heat. Remove from heat and let cool slightly (about 5 minutes)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the cooled butter to the brown sugar and mix just until combined.
  4. Add the vanilla and the egg, mixing thoroughly.
  5. Slowly add in the dry ingredients until the mixture is fully incorporated.
  6. Fold in the white chocolate.
  7. Press the brownie batter (it will be thick) on top of the Oreo layer, keeping the layer even to prevent uneven baking.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. When a knife inserted into center comes out clean, remove the pan to a cooling rack.

These brownies are best warm, but are delicious any time!

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