My eighteen year old made her friends a decadent birthday treat: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, topped with Double Stuff Oreos then covered with Brownies. She put a few aside to share with the family. After raving about this incredible dessert, she had to let us taste it. When my younger kids asked what they were, Madeleine told Margaret and Daniel that the bars are called Respectable Brownies. She wisely decided that revealing the real name - Slutty Brownies - wasn't a good idea. We could almost hear Margaret announcing at her school lunch table that her Slutty Brownie was delicious. That might not have played well with the third grade teachers.
Google Slutty Brownies. You will find plenty of links.
This is how we made them:
- For the cookie base, I used the Chocolate Chip Pretzel Bars recipe from Food and Wine Magazine (minus the pretzels and sprinkles).
- I topped the dough with Mega Stuff Oreos. There are 21 in a bag, which will give you 20 for the pan and one for your nine-year old Oreo arranger, if you are lucky enough to have one of those. To be fully respectable, we needed more Oreos. Next time, I will either use two bags of Mega Stuff or go with a full bag of Double Stuff Oreos.
- For the brownies layer, I used two packages of Ghirardelli Brownie mix. I love to bake from scratch, but, these brownies are so good, there isn't a need. I buy the mix in bulk at Costco.
I lined my 13x9 inch pan with parchment, letting the edges hang over the side. The cookie dough can be difficult to spread. If you dip your fingers in water, they will not stick to the dough as you pat it into an even layer.
Bake the bars for about 1 hour and 20 minutes at 325 convection, until a toothpick inserted into the brownie layer comes out mostly clean. I started checking to see if they were done after 70 minutes.
I let the brownies cool completely in the pan so they would be easier to slice. Once cool, I ran a knife all the way around the pan to loosen the bars, then lifted them out using the parchment paper. My brownies slab was heavy and close to 2 inches thick so, I used my Chef knife for slicing. This pan was headed to St. Louis for a soccer tournament, so I cut my Respectable Brownies into 48 pieces so my kids could share them with the team. I wonder if they did?