When I was a kid I was convinced Halloween Oreos tasted better than regular Oreos. There isn’t supposed to be a flavor difference, but I always thought that the Halloween edition’s orange creme was superior to the standard-issue white creme we get most the year. Maybe it’s psychological, and I just liked the orange color more?
I don’t know, but turns out, I still think this today. I bought a package recently for baking plans, but naturally had to eat a couple cookies on their own. I still like the orange creme more! I’m an Oreo fan year-round, but maybe I should stock up on the orange Oreos while I can since they make me so happy!
Know what else makes me happy? This totally awesome orange and black Halloween treat. These stuffed brownies make it easy to add Halloween flair to your dessert. Just whip up your favorite brownie batter and throw some Oreos in as a middle layer. How simple is that? I used my favorite brownie recipe here, but you could use another one… or even a mix! You can play around with pan dimensions too. You can even make these in muffin tins for “brownie cupcakes.” (Which I did… but more on that later)
When you cut the brownies, there’s such a funk peek of orange in every piece. The Oreo cookie sort of melts a little as the brownie bakes, but not entirely. So when you bite into one of these, you get a distinct Oreo taste to complement the rich chocolatey brownie. I prefer these cooled, because the Oreo hardens back a bit. If you eat them straight out of the oven, the Oreo layer is a little less distinct.
These are a fun and simple Halloween treat! And if you don’t have a go-to for brownies, I highly recommend the brownie recipe below. It’s quite rich, thanks to browned butter and a lotttt of cocoa. It’s the same recipe I used for Peanut Butter Cup Brownies earlier this year. You should try those, too!
And of course, you could do this with any sort of Oreo. I bet you Mint Oreos would be perfect in here!
Halloween Oreo Brownies
Original recipe: The brownie batter comes from The Food Charlatan. I’ve changed things up a bit and added commentary.
Yield: 9×13 pan. You should strategize your cuts to get a bit of Oreo in every bite! If you want 1 Oreo per brownie, you’ll only get 12 out of this… but I was ok with smaller pieces and got 30 brownies.
Suggested equipment: Mixer, though you could definitely do this by hand
Total Time: ~55 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
- 1 1/4 cups butter
- 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon water (just at a normal temp, not hot and not too cold)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 12 Halloween Oreos (or any other kind of Oreo, of course!)
Step by Step Directions
Brown your butter
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and let it cook until it’s browned. You should stir the butter occasionally and keep a very close eye on it- butter burns fast. It will foam up as it cooks and then will start turning a bit more golden in color, with small brown bits popping up as the cooking continues. When it starts to smell a bit nutty, that means it’s done
- Remove from heat and pour into a bowl so it can cool off a little before you use it. Don’t leave it in the same pan to cool because it will keep cooking as it sits there
Make your brownies
- Preheat your oven to 350F
- Line your baking dish with foil, then spray the foil with a light coat of nonstick spray
- Combine sugar, cocoa and salt in a large bowl or mixer
- Add your browned butter, then beat the mixture until it’s smooth and almost creamy
- Add water and vanilla, then mix it all together
- Add your eggs one at a time, mixing the batter in between each egg
- Add the flour and mix until it is just incorporated into the batter. Your batter should look really thick at this point
- Pour half your batter into your prepared pan. You’ll need a spatula here, since the batter is so thick
- Space 12 Oreos evenly across your batter. Push each Oreo down a little so it’s “rooted” in the batter a bit
- Pour the remaining batter over your Oreos, and use a spatula to spread it around. Make sure each Oreo is entirely covered by batter so the Oreos don’t poke thru the top of the brownies
- Bake for ~25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out batter-free. The center of the pan should be mostly set
- Let these cool all the way before you slice your brownies so the Oreos harden back up a bit