Oreo Cream Cheese Blondies

July 30, 2012 § 9 Comments

Unfortunately, the last few days have been filled with lots of bad luck…and two subsequent trips to the emergency room.

I’m perfectly fine but my two best friends, Carlee and Kelly, have definitely seen better days.

                                                          (From left to right) Carlee, Kelly, and me!

Carlee recently got a job at the same little bagel shop I work at.  This past Sunday was her first day and, only two hours into her shift, she cut out a nice piece of her finger while slicing a bagel.  (And by nice I mean deep and bloody, of course.)  Carlee’s Mom, a nurse, took a single look at her finger and decided to take her to hospital in case she needed stitches.  Thankfully, she didn’t need any and, a few pieces of gauze, a bandage, and one breakfast rush later, Carlee rejoined me at work.

Kelly, on the other hand, was at home arguing about dishes with her twin brother (as usual) on Sunday.  From what Kelly told me when I walked to her house to “check out her Frankenstein stitches,” the fight got pretty heated and resulted in Kelly getting a metal spoon thrown at her.  (Ouch!)  Long story short, Kelly also took a trip to the hospital and received four Frankenstein-esque stitches on her forehead.

Needless to say, they needed a little cheering up and I knew the perfect way to do that.  A walk around the ‘hood, a good gossip/vent session, and some sweets were exactly what the doctor ordered!

Cookie cake has become a bit of a tradition for us, so I figured a dessert based on our favorite cookie cake would be perfect.

I amped up the deliciousness of the cake by substituting chopped Oreo cookies for the chocolate chips and replacing some of the butter with cream cheese a la Sally.  The cream cheese adds a touch of richness to the blondie and makes them oh-so-gooey and decadent.  Everyone, including Carlee and Kelly, loved them!

Seriously, if you only make one of my recipes make these blondies!

(And this and these and this too!) ;-)

Oreo Cream Cheese Blondies

Adapted from That’s So Yummy and LemonPi; originally from Dam Good Sweet by David Guas and Raquel Pelzel

Inspired by Sally’s Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, at room temperature (I used reduced fat.)
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 Oreo cookies, roughly chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a 9 x 9-inch square baking pan with foil, grease with nonstick spray, and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, wisk the flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until well combined, about 1 minute.  Increase the mixer speed to high and beat for 15 seconds.  Stop the mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the egg.  Blend on medium speed for 30 seconds.  Add the dry ingredients and combine on low-speed until just a few dry streaks remain.  Add the chopped Oreos and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan.  Press the batter into a smooth and even layer in the pan and bake until lightly golden and puffy around the edges (the center should still feel quite soft), about 18–22 minutes.  Cool for 10 minutes and then run a paring knife around the edge of the pan to release the cake.  Cool for at least 4 hours before turning the cake out of the pan and onto a large plate.

Yield:  ~12 blondies

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§ 9 Responses to Oreo Cream Cheese Blondies

  • EveryCraving says:

    Wow, sounds like an eventful few days. I’m glad you’re friends are alright though! How sweet of you to make them some treats to make them feel better! I would have done the same :) These look soossososooo good though. You can just tell how gooey they are by your pictures!

  • Tara says:

    Oh gosh that’s awful!! My best friend was in the hospital this week too. Not fun! I should definitely make these for her… she would love them! This is really weird but I think they would taste good with banana. I’m in a banana mood though right now… so idk if that would sound good at any other time!

  • Ashley Bee says:

    You’re so sweet to make your poor friends some baked goods! I need to be better about doing this too, heh… Also these blondies look fantastic!

  • allieksmith says:

    Crazy times!! You’re such a nice friend for bringing them some DELISH blondies :)

  • kyleen says:

    I hope there aren’t any more trips to the emergency room. The whole cutting your finger with a knife thing I can understand (I’ve gotten stitches for that…) but getting a spoon thrown at you really sucks. I hope Carlee and Kelly feel better soon. I bet these oreo cream cheese blondies cheered them up.

  • Oh gosh. Those look DEADLY! (Especially since I LOVE oreos!!!) <3

  • Christina says:

    I absolutely love Oreos…these are just dangerous! ;)

  • Mom says:

    Absolutely amazing!!! The flavors, the texture – oh soo good! Can you please make more??

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