Thursday, February 7, 2013

Oreo Cookie & Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcake

Thanks to my friend, Robyn Gray, I saw this on Facebook.  I immediately passed it onto Ryan (who thinks Oreos are the bees knees) and knew that I would be making it sooner rather than later.  I've always said there are two flavor combinations that are my favorite:  mint and chocolate and peanut butter and chocolate.  Adding Oreo cookies to the mix just makes it that much better. The hardest part, and by that I don't really mean hard, but time-consuming, is adding the brownie batter to the cookies.  Other than that, you will complete these in no time at all.  If you need a baked good right away, then pull out these three simple things:  Oreo cookies, peanut butter and a brownie mix.  You won't be sorry (and neither will those who eat them)!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Oreo Cookies (I used double stuffed by mistake. I would not do that again)

Peanut Butter, softened (or melted) in microwave
Brownie Mix with eggs, oil & water

Place cupcake wrappers into a cupcake pan.

Place an Oreo into the bottom of each wrapper, making sure you center the cookie.

Add a spoonful of softened peanut butter.  I actually melted mine and it was easy to pour a spoonful on top. Next time I would use more.  Ryan asked me not to use too much peanut butter.  I think it could have had a more peanut buttery flavor.  If you don't want to soften the peanut butter in the microwave.  You can spread the peanut butter onto the Oreo before you place it into the tin.

Add another layer of Oreo cookies and peanut butter.

Prepare the brownie mix according to the box.  Spoon brownie mix over the top of the Oreos and peanut butter.  I spooned it around the sides first and then filled in on top.  I prepared my mix so that the brownies would be fudgey and the mix was thick. If you mix is runnier, then you can just spoon it on top and it will fill in the sides.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Do not over bake.  If you see a shiny round spot on top, that is just the shape of the Oreo.  

As you can see from the picture above, the cookie circle isn't always centered.  I found that when I was putting the brownie mix over the top, sometimes the cookies shifted.  If you want that perfect-looking, centered, layered look, you can always center the cookies before baking.


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