Dreamy Oreo Brownies

The other night I went on a bike ride.
 I was peer pressured into it, actually.
You all know how I feel about exercise…it’s a necessary evil.
Please don’t leave comments here about how it’s fun or you just have to find the one you like.
What I like is to sit on my tuckus and watch low brow reality tv.
If I could burn calories doing that…oh how beautiful my world would be.
So, I get a text from some of my exercise-enthusiast friends saying how they are going to go for a bike ride.
I don’t wanna…
so I say, “maybe”…
then I start getting texts on how bathing suit season is coming up and how much better I will feel…blahblahblah.
SO, I go.
And I peddle.
And peddle.
Annnnd peddle.
Then comes the hill.
I switch to the lowest gear and while I am peddling 7000 RPM I go approximately 3 feet.
An old lady walking a dog strolls by me while I am trying to will myself up the hill, which in my recollection is basically a vertical climb.
I try and act like I am not about to have have an aneurysm.
Like, this hill…no big thang.
Face beet red, sweat pouring off my brow, curse words being uttered under my breath…it isn’t a shining moment…especially considering we were only a mile away from my house.
My Huffy just isn’t cutting it.
Then, by the grace of God one of my friend’s tires starts wobbling and she doesn’t feel comfortable going any further.
Because I am such a considerate friend I INSIST she turn back.  It isn’t safe, I tell her…we should definitely get you back home.
We don’t want to get stranded and I am fairly positive my leg muscles could not handle letting her ride on my handle bars like we used to do in middle school.
My other (sportier) friends decide to go on ahead to complete the 10 mile route while the more level headed girls of the group (myself included) decided to rescue our friend in need.
See, I am a true hero.
Plus, there were brownies waiting for us.
Bravery deserves a reward.
Dreamy Oreo Brownies
(printable recipe at the bottom)
1 box brownie mix (I used Pillsbury Fudge Brownies) – with ingredients to prepare them according to the package directions
1 (16.6 oz) package Oreo cookies divided equally into 3rds all coarsely chopped
1 (8 oz) tub of Cool Whip thawed in fridge
1 8 oz block of cream cheese softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
Prepare brownie batter according to package directions, folding in 1/3 of the chopped Oreos.
Bake according to package directions, until a toothpick inserted 1 inch from the edge comes out clean.
Let brownies cool completely.
Meanwhile in your mixer bowl beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until combined and smooth.
With a spatula fold in the Cool Whip and another 1/3 of the coarsely chopped Oreos.
Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of cooled brownies.
Now in a microwave safe bowl melt the chocolate chips and the vegetable oil on medium power for 1 minute.
Stir and repeat in 30 second increments until melted.
When chocolate is melted spread evenly over the cream cheese layer.
Now sprinkle the remaining Oreos on top of melted chocolate.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
Cut into squares.
Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

72 Responses

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    You really are a hero!

    Hills are the devil and will keep me from every riding a bike again, unless to be rewarded with these brownies.

  2. Lark (SparkyLarky)

    Shelly…You flipping had me laughing out loud with this post! I am still smiling! I swear you sound just like a couple of my friends when I try to get them to go running…..lol
    However maybe I would get them to go with me if I make these Brownies?! That is what you are telling me to do, right? 🙂

  3. bridget {bake at 350}

    You have NO idea how much I'd love one of these right now. I might even got on a bike ride for one! 😉

  4. LilaLoa

    Ok, wait. Cool whip, Oreos AND brownies? WHY DID YOU EVER LEAVE YOUR HOUSE IN THE FIRST PLACE?!! Goodness, I need to go to the store. I have to make these.

  5. Bright Angel

    I LOVE this post!! You are hilarious!! And I am totally with you on the exercise thing. Although I may have to walk to the store for the ingredients so I can eat as many brownies as I want completely guilt free! 🙂

  6. MYVON

    Love this post…. just how I feel about exercising and biking up hills…. My husband is the one that is always after me to go biking ~~fun as it is, him so many miles ahead of me that I can't see him, me huffing and puffing like an old geaser having a heart attack…. maybe it would be better if there was a brownie at then…wonder if my husband would go for it.. You Made My Day!

  7. Joanne

    My solution to the low-brow reality tv show addiction thing is to watch real housewives at the gym. The only way I'd get through it. Having these brownies on the counter…would so also help.

  8. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Ha! That's too funny, when people are walking uphill faster than me I just give up, get off, and walk my bike up the hill. At least you persevered, that certainly deserves a reward!

  9. Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy.

    You are hilarious! I think you made the right choice to turn back, biking up hill = no fun…brownies are much better! These look delicious, Chocolate and Oreos, doesn't get much better!

  10. Jocelyn

    Yea, if brownies like that were waiting for me back home…I would have turned around too! You were a great friend to go back with her:-)

  11. Kristie Maynard

    The last time I went bike riding, I was doing great, riding along with the breeze blowing through my hair then suddenly, I was half way through the ride and the other half, coming back home was uphill. That was a whole other story!!! I walked the bike home.
    Boy do these brownies look wonderful. Maybe I'll make these next time I have to take something for scrapbooking. YUMMY!

  12. Robyn

    You are a true hero! Such a thoughtful, selfless act to rescue your friend in need. And to have these dreamy brownies waiting on y'all when you got back? Talk about every girls' best friend!

  13. Kristen

    Be still my heart… these are like brownie heaven.
    And I'm with you on the bike rides. Small hills seem like huge hills!

  14. Anonymous

    YUMMMMM. Your brownies look delish!!!!! I've been on a huge chocolate kick these past few days. Might just make these soon. Don't worry Shelly, you'll make it through bathing suit season!! 🙂

  15. Kristan

    I'm not sure if I would even know how to pedal a bike anymore…I have a feeling that as soon as I climbed on, my body would revolt.

    The brownies look amazing!! I'll stay home and babysit for them while you go on your bike ride, mmmkay?

  16. mom24orsinis

    One of the funniest blog posts I've ever read…truly LOL through the whole thing cause, I GET 'CHA! Really, exercise is for the birds…do it cause I have to…I don't like it…I like dessert, and frosting and mindless TV…maybe some iphone Euchre for hours!

    Hilairous…and the recipe? My type of brownies!!

  17. Mark and Megan

    Like how you termed exercise "a necessary evil." I only exercise so I can eat more yummy things. Like this recipe…I am so making these brownies this weekend!

  18. Cristin (Pinkie)

    I can't even tell you how much I loved reading your hilarious post. You're just adorable. That was so funny! I just love witty people like yourself. Super fun. I am one of those crazy cyclists. Last October I did a 400-mile bike ride in 26-hours with a whole lot of climbing. I was telling my husband about how I got stung by a bee down my jersey on the steepest climb that felt like we were riding directly into the sun and he said "and why do you do this?" I guess I should have had an oreo brownie waiting for me at the end 😉 Thanks for sharing your recipe and especially for your funny adventure. You truly were brave to turn around and help your friend 🙂 Cristin (Pinkie)

  19. Latinacreativa

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  20. Latinacreativa

    P.S. I meant to share with you that a wacko ( I do love her) friend of mine invited me to a spinning class which rendered me useless for over a week due to the muscles in my back clenching like the fists of an ultimate fighter. People who ride bikes outdoors for fun are normal, those who do so indoors with no intention to reach a local destination are just insane!

  21. Steph

    Your posts always make me chuckle. Seriously you are funny. And these brownies look like a dream. I must make them pronto!


    honey, at least you were peddling . . . me? i'd be walking that d**m bike . . . no wait . . . i'd probably have insisted on a bike check BEFORE we ever left the house . . . and in my finest hour, i would have deemed the tires on said bike 'dangerous' . . . we would have never left the driveway . . .

  23. Jillian

    Those look sooo good – brownies have to be my all time favorite dessert bar!
    I also love reading your blog, which is why I'm giving you the Versatile Blogger's Award! I'm sure you've received it many times before, but you're such an inspiration to me! Thanks!

  24. I’m making these right now as we speak. It’s looking so yummy. My question is, what size pan did you make these in? My brownie mix called for a 8 or 9 inch square pan, but now that I’m heaping the filling on, it’s almost too much. Just curious. I’m putting them in the fridge overnight and serving them at a get together tomorrow. Can’t wait to try them!

  25. Holly

    Just made these and they’re ABSOLUTE HEAVEN!!!! I added 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla to the cream cheese mixture to make it more like the actual filling of an Oreo, don’t know if it made a difference but regardless it was delish! I also added the other half cup of whole chocolate chips on top with the remaining Oreos…made it EXTRA delicious:)

  26. Jocelyn

    Im making these right now and Im just asking to be sure, its TWO CUPS of sugar?? Im not a baker so im not judging but i was about to scoop it in and thought “This can’t be rigth….”

  27. These were delish! I added vanilla as another person recommended, and I don’t think it really needed it! I didn’t particularly like the chocolate on top, but others enjoyed it! I probably won’t put chocolate on it when I make it!

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