Happy Birthday to the Husband!

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When I saw this recipe on Annie’s Blog, I knew I had to make it for Matt’s birthday.  It combines Oreos and cream cheese, 2 of his favorite dessert elements.  Plus, these are the perfect pick-up dessert for a day of guys watching football and eating chips and wings.  Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies it was.

I made very few changes to the original recipe, and they turned out really delicious.  There was only 1 brownie left on the plate by the time the guys left our apartment.  Next time I will definitely double the recipe as suggested.

I used this specialty Oreo which we had on hand.


The taster says he likes regular Oreos better.

I chopped my Oreos in a food processor leaving big chunks for a nice surprise when you bite into a brownie.  I used extra Oreos because, well, why not?

crushed oreos 

1 stick of butter? Check. 3/4 cup of sugar? Check.

sugar and butter

Boiling the sugar and butter brings out an amazing aroma.  It smelled like a candy factory in the kitchen!

butter sugar boiling

Dry ingredients mixed separately as usual.

 dry ingred

All the liquids together.

wet ingredients

I liberally poured in the Oreos.

pouring oreos

batter in pan 

I used a full 8-ounce package of cream cheese and increased the powdered sugar and vanilla as well.

mixing cream cheese

Blob it on.

all of batter in pan

Swirl and bake!  Although you can stick a knife in to assess if the brownies are done, you will still see some batter when you pull it out.  Since the cream cheese mixture stays moist, it is a little more tricky than usual.  I suggest moving the pan from side to side to see if they are firm.

baked in pan

They might be easier to cut if you let them cool, but they taste delicious warm!

brownies stacked

brownies on plate

brownies on plate 2


Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies

very slightly adapted from Annie’s


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
¾ cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 dash of salt
2 large eggs
¼ cup milk
2½ cups chopped Oreos
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup + 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9×9 pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter and sugar over medium level heat, whisking frequently until boiling.  Allow to boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.  Set aside.

Combine remaining dry ingredients in large mixing bowl.

Once butter and sugar mixture has cooled slightly, whisk in eggs and milk.

Add wet ingredients to dry and combine.

Stir in Oreo pieces.

Spread brownie batter into pan.

Using an electric mixer, use the whisk attachment to beat the cream cheese until fluffy. 

Beat in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until well combined.

Drop cream cheese mixture onto brownie batter. 

With a knife, draw lines back and forth through mixture to swirl.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until firm.  Do not overbake.


I used light cream cheese which worked out nicely.  However, regular cream cheese would make for a richer brownie.

Next time I’d consider doubling the cream cheese mixture to make it a thicker layer.

I’d definitely double this recipe and cook in a 9×13 pan as suggested by Annie.  I think these would freeze really well if you manage to have any leftovers.



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11 Responses to “Happy Birthday to the Husband!”

  1. debbie c. September 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    An oreo cheesecake brownie party!!!!!
    sounds like one perfect celebration!

  2. Sharon L September 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    OMG I can’t wait to make these for my little Chloe. She keeps asking me to make more brownies with the hershey kiss in it. So she will love love love these.

  3. Charlotte September 13, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    These brownies look so YUMMYYYYY!! thanks for sharing!!

  4. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum September 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    OMG. Why have I never thought to do this before? You have to know that I will probably make these within the week. :)

  5. Katie September 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm #

    Yumm!!! Anything with oreos, you can guarantee that I will eat them. Oreos are so simple but so so good.

  6. Simply Life September 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    my husband would LOVE that for his bday! Great to know!

  7. actorsdiet September 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    those look amazing! happy bday to matt!

  8. Pretty. Good. Food. September 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    Oh my goodness this looks so delicious! Great step by step photos!

  9. sheryl September 15, 2010 at 11:05 pm #

    This recipe looks really good and delicious. I love Oreos but I never really stayed away from eating them as is. You gave me just a wonderful idea on how to make a special dessert out of it. I think I’m gonna have to try this out this weekend. Thanks for sharing ;)


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