In the spirit of the Fifty Shades craze right now, here is a recipe for a seriously indulgent dessert, and it’s vegan!
For the brownie layer
1 box brownie mix, prepared and unbaked OR
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups white sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tbsp ground flax, mixed with 6 tbsp water
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
For the Oreo layer
1 package of Oreo cookies
For the chocolate chip cookie layer
1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan butter ( at room temp)
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tbsp ground flax, mixed with 3 tbsp water
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Liberally spray a cupcake pan or an 8×8 baking pan with baking spray.
Make the brownie layer per box instructions (without baking) OR: In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the sugar and cocoa powder.
Stir to combine and remove from the heat.
Add the salt, vanilla and flax mix to the batter and then whisk until combined.
In a separate bowl, sift the flour and then slowly incorporate the flour into the batter until it’s all mixed.
Set the batter aside.
If making your own cookie dough:
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars with a hand mixer.
Add the flax mix and then the vanilla, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl as you go.
Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips and then set aside.
Now for the fun part:
Start by gently pressing the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan, making sure to create an even layer.
Then add a layer of Oreos on top of the cookie dough. Nudge them as close together as possible without overlapping.
Pour the brownie batter on top of the Oreo layer.
Use a spatula to make sure it’s even.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Test with a knife to see if the center is done. It’s OK if the knife has some brownie on it. It’s easy to over-bake the cookie layer if left in the oven too long.
Serve and enjoy!