Peppermint Oreo Brownies

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This recipe is from Baking Bites. Nicole says it was inspired by Trader Joe’s Peppermint Jo-Jos, a peppermint Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie. She says they are one of her favourite recipes of 2007 and no matter how many times she baked them they were always eaten up. With such good reviews I just had to try these. I love chocolate and brownies and I have made brownies with Oreos before, but not peppermint and Oreos.

There is no Trader Joe’s in Aberdeen and gluten-free peppermint Oreos are difficult to come by. Nicole suggests using other chocolate-peppermint cookies or to use plain Oreos with 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract. I went this route, but added 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract instead, as after adding 1 the batter didn’t have enough peppermint for my tastes. If you can get gluten-free peppermint chocolate sandwich cookies, then by all means, use those. If you can’t, then plain chocolate sandwich cookies and peppermint extract are wonderful.

I must agree with Nicole. Despite being skeptical of how much sugar went into them, these are some of the best brownies I have ever tasted. They are rich indeed; and I have read so many brownie recipes claiming to be rich and then been disappointed by the lack of intensity when I made them. These brownies do not disappoint. My husband, who is picky about his brownies and not as fond of chocolate as I am, wanted seconds. The peppermint comes through nicely but does not overwhelm, balancing out the rich chocolate. I couldn’t taste the quinoa flour, so my hunch was correct, other flavours help mellow it. The Oreos are a nice texture. They soften up in baking and provide a nice texture difference from the fudgy brownie. These are fantastic. Thanks Nicole for a fantastic recipe.

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(Isn’t that a fine tophat the brownie is wearing?)

Peppermint Cookies and Cream Brownies

225g (1 cup) butter

170g (6 oz) unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped (I used Ghirardelli)

675g (3 cups) caster sugar (Yes, that’s correct; it’s that much sugar!)

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional) (I used 2 teaspoons)

4 large eggs

185g (1 2/3 cups) gluten-free flour blend (xanthan gum is not necessary, but won’t hurt if your blend has it. I used quinoa flour, sweet rice flour, and arrowroot starch)

40g (1/3 cup) cocoa powder

216g (3 cups) roughly chopped gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreo-type, with peppermint, if you can get them), approximately 18

Preheat oven to 175C (350F). Grease a 23 x 33 cm (9 x 13 inch) tin or line it with foil or paper and grease lightly.

In a saucepan over low heat, melt together butter and chocolate. Whisk in sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract (if using), then turn off heat. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, waiting until each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Stir in flour and cocoa powder until mixture is uniform. Stir in Oreos and pour batter into prepared tin. Crush 3-4 additional Oreos finely and sprinkle on top of batter (optional).

Bake for about 35 minutes (mine took 35 as well), until a skewer inserted comes out with moist crumbs, but not coated with batter.

Cool brownies completely, then slice. Nicole says she got 36 brownies or 48 small ones. It depends on how you slice it. If you don’t want to slice it, then you’ll have one extremely large brownie ;) .

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    2 Comments to “Peppermint Oreo Brownies”

  1. on 26 Jan 2008 at 8:24 pm Karina

    Those look really good! One of my coworkers has just been diagnosed with a gluten allergy and I’ve been looking for some treats that she can enjoy. Are regular oreos gluten-free, or do I need to look for a special kind?

  2. on 26 Jan 2008 at 10:18 pm Willa

    Hello! Thanks for the comment. No, Oreos are not gluten-free :( , so yes, you would need too look for a special brand. Trufree, Mi-del, Kinnikinnick’s, Glutano/Barkat, and Glutino are all brands that sell gluten-free Oreo-type chocolate sandwich cookies. I used Mi-Del in the above recipe. Enjoy!

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