Do you remember seven or eight years ago, when oreo truffles were all the rage? I was all but sent home if I showed up at a party without them, and my friends nicknamed them "balls of fury," haha! They were a super simple mixture of crushed oreos and cream cheese, then rolled into balls and dipped in melted chocolate. So easy, but always alway always a huge crowd pleaser.
These brownies are a majorly updated and decadent version of those little truffles, and my gosh are they good! You start with a pretty simple and basic pan of brownies, top them with that oreo-cream cheese mixture, and finish them off with a layer of chocolate ganache. Um, yeah. They're amazing.
Oreo-anything will always be a huge hit with my family, but these brownies were definitely a grand slam-home run-major win. How could they not be? These are definitely one of the best treats to come out of my kitchen, and I foresee many more pans of these delicious brownies being made in the near future.
Oreo Truffle Brownies
adapted from Chef in Training, via Good Thymes & Good Food
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 30 Oreo cookies
- 6 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
- 10 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350° F and line a 9x13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on the two long sides. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, and mix well, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Add vanilla, salt, cocoa, and flour. Mix until just combined, being careful not to over mix.
Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs attached. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
While the brownies are cooling, make the Oreo truffle layer. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse cookies into fine crumbs. Add the cream cheese and pulse until combined.
Once brownies are completely cool, carefully spread the Oreo truffle layer over brownies with an offset spatula and/or clean hands - this doesn't have to be perfect, since it will be covered with ganache.
To make the ganache, heat the cream in small saucepan over medium heat until it is simmering. Meanwhile, place the chocolate chips in a medium heat-proof bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes. Whisk the cream and chocolate together until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour the ganache over Oreo layer and spread with an offset spatula. Chill in the refrigerator until fully set. To slice and serve, lift the brownies out of the pan using the foil overhang, then use a sharp knife to cut into small squares.