By Breanna Smith
Instead of offering an opinion from the editor’s desk this week, I’ll be offering up one of my favorite recipes. This is an adaptation of a recipe from the cooking brand Tasty, which is known for catchy cooking videos that pop up on Facebook and Pinterest. I don’t need to be attacked or bitten, I just need a Tasty video or two to turn into a zombie.
The original recipe is for brownie bars, but I made them into bite-sized brownie bites. Theoretically, this was going to help me eat fewer of them, but in reality, it became a justification for popping them like tic-tacs. Between my friends and me, there was no chance of the brownie bites lasting long, hence the lack of a photo.
You can find the original brownie bar recipe and catchy video of someone else cooking them by visiting tasty.co/recipe/cookies-cream-brownie-bars.
1 box of brownie mix (I went with dark chocolate but any flavor works)
½ cup of vegetable oil
16 oz. of cream cheese, softened
½ cup of sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
36 sandwich cookies (I prefer Oreos)
Preheat the oven to 325 and grease a mini-muffin pan
Prepare the brownie mix as instructed on the box (½ cup of vegetable oil, 2 eggs)
In a separate bowl, mix the cream cheese and sugar until it is smooth
Add the beaten egg and vanilla and stir until combined
Dollop brownie batter into each muffin tin, filling about ⅔ of the way
Crush Oreos (or preferred sandwich cookie) and sprinkle, pressing into the brownie batter
Fill the remaining ⅓ of the tin with the cheesecake batter
After about 10 minutes, sprinkle remaining crushed cookies on top while batter is still jiggly
Bake for 30 minutes total, or until the edges of the cheesecake topping are brown
Pop out of the muffin tin and enjoy with a cold glass of milk, my favorite is vanilla almond milk