I hate to start this post out with a rant, but I’m kind of grumpy. Everything I’ve put in my oven apparently is suicidal, it’s raining like freaking Vancouver, and I stepped on a Lego about five minutes ago. Seriously, the Lego peeps need to round down the edges of their treacherous little building blocks. I’m going to write a strongly worded letter after I furiously compose this post about these Red Velvet Oreo Brownies. I know everyone envisions their favorite red velvet desserts drenched in cream cheese frosting. Well, forget about that junk. I’m taking red velvet to the dark side.
I’m sorry that was rude. Don’t forget about that junk. Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting is one of my favorite desserts. I’ve seen quite a few Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies floating around pinterest lately and the first time I saw them, I thought:
“Hey! That’s totally what Darth Vader would eat on Valentine’s!”
So I introduce to you, Red Velvet Oreo Brownies. A darker, more villainous, and much more indulgent way to eat red velvet. There isn’t any Oreo Truffle in these bars. I know, I know…I’m losing you aren’t I? Well before you run to pinterest and type “Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies” in the search bar, let me talk about these brownies. The bottom layer is a super rich dark chocolate brownie made from melted dark chocolate and lots of butter. I found an incredible brownie recipe from Baker Bettie. She calls them “The Fudgiest Brownies in all the Land” Um, I’m sold! I made some minor adjustments to really heighten the dark chocolate flavor. Because, Darth wouldn’t have it any other way. I sprinkled some crushed Oreo on top before I put the second layer on. The second layer is that super red velvet brownie. It’s made from red velvet box mix, and incredibly easy. Lastly is chocolate ganache and more crushed Oreos.
- ¾ cup unsalted butter cut into 1 inch cubes
- 10 oz dark chocolate chips
- 4 eggs at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 3 tbs dark cocoa powder
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1 cup crushed Oreo cookies
- 1 box red velvet cake mix
- ½ cup melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 bag dark chocolate chips (1½ cups)
- 1 cup crushed oreo cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a 9x13 baking dish with foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a medium pot on low heat, cook the butter and chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Remove from the stove and let slightly cool.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set that aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Use a whisk just for this part and switch to a wooden spoon or spatula to finish the rest of the mixing. You want to fold the rest of the ingredients to reduce incorporating air into the batter. This ensures super fudgey brownies!
- Slowly stream the melted butter and chocolate into the egg mixture while continuously stirring.
- Fold in the flour mixture until everything is just combined.
- Spread the batter into the baking dish and sprinkle with the crushed Oreo cookies.
- In a medium bowl mix together the cake mix, melted butter, and eggs until a dough forms.
- Since the dough is a little thick, flatten the pieces of the red velvet dough with your hands and place on top of the brownie layer.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes. Do not overbake!
- Take out and let cool slightly while you make the chocolate ganache
- In a large bowl, pour in the chocolate chips.
- In a small pot, heat the cream on medium until it starts a low bowl.
- Pour the heated cream onto the chocolate chips and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Whisk the chocolate and cream until smooth.
- Pour the ganache on top of the red velvet brownies and top with crushed Oreos. Place in the fridge to let the ganache set.
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