Triple Layer Oreo Bars

An easy dessert with a cakey brownie base, a rich creamy center, and an absolutely delicious whipped cocoa topping.
By Erin Mahoney

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A few great things about this recipe – it’s easy, pretty quick, and so fabulously cookie-and-creamish. The topping is like the best cookies and cream ice cream you’ve ever had, and the bottom is a soft and chewy brownie-cake layer.

Triple Layer Oreo Bars
 
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An easy dessert with a cake-y brownie base, a rich creamy center, and an absolutely delicious whipped cocoa topping.
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Recipe Type: Dessert
Serves: 16
Ingredients
Layer 1:
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
Layer 2:
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
Layer 3:
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 16 Oreo cookies, chopped
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish by coating with cooking spray. Set aside.
To prepare layer 1:
  1. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, 1 egg and ½ cup melted butter until completely combined.
  2. Pour into baking dish, and use a spatula to spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
To prepare layer 2:
  1. Using the same bowl, combine softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until the mixture is completely moistened and creamy.
  2. Remove half of the mixture and place it in another medium bowl. Set it aside for layer
  3. Add cocoa powder, ¼ cup melted butter and egg to the remaining mixuture. Beat until smooth, using a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Pour mixture over the top of layer 1.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until completely set.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
To prepare layer 3:
  1. Pour whipping cream into a large, clean bowl.
  2. Beat on medium-high speed until thickened. Add vanilla and confectioners sugar, and beat until just combined and cream is thick.
  3. Chop the Oreo cookies, and stir about ¾ of them into the reserved cream cheese mixture from earlier. Save remaining Oreos for topping.
  4. Stir ⅓ of the whipped cream into the Oreo/cream cheese mixture, using a folding motion.
  5. Add another ⅓ of the whipped cream into the mixture, continuing the folding motion, taking care not to stir too vigorously.
  6. Add remaining whipped cream, and fold until completely combined.
  7. Spoon mixture over the top of the cooled bars, and spread evenly.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining chopped Oreo cookies.
  9. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until ready to serve.

 

Erin Mahoney

Erin Mahoney is a food blogger from the Kansas City area. With a day job in the TV business and two little girls at home, this busy Mom spends her very limited free-time experimenting in the kitchen. While her culinary efforts tend to fall on sweet treats and comfort foods, her focus is on real, from-scratch food for her family and friends. Her blog, Lemon Sugar, is full of whimsical recipes and anecdotal stories that will warm your heart and make you hungry.

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