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Best Ever Brownies

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I'd like to take this moment to let you know that I'm not a ten year old.

I do know how to bake brownies from scratch, I swear.

But I am a real person (yes, I'm real) and I work at a real job, and sometimes I turn into a zombie during the week. That's for realz. What am I going to do when we have kids, or, like, a pug? Geez.

Here's the truth: I am 100% real when I say that these are the BEST EVER BROWNIES I've ever made. And they're so easy that you might think I'm ten years old, but remember, I'm not. Right?

The only other brownies that even come close in my mind are these ones. Yeah. Please don't judge. I was just a baby back then.

You know those times when you're supposed to bring treats somewhere but you seriously don't have the time? MAKE.THESE. They are the answer to treats at your next office treat day, birthday party, Bible study, basketball thingy, or Friday night lounge party on the couch.

As if the brownies aren't enough, I dare you not to eat 3 cups of the batter. Seriously. You might think I'm joking, but look at the corners of my mouth and tell me you don't see chocolate. Tell me.

People love them. They're easy. Taadaaa!

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Best Ever Brownies


These are the BEST ever brownies! Made with my favorite mix and made even more decadent with crushed Oreo cookies. So easy and always a hit!


  • 1 package Ghirardelli Double Chocolate brownie mix (the kind with the chocolate chips in it)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 10-14 Oreo cookies


  1. Preheat the oven to 325. Prepare the brownie mix as directed with the egg, oil and water.
  2. Coarsely crush the Oreos in a large bag with your hands or a rolling pin. I like to leave some pieces pretty big. Pour them into the batter and mix well. Batter will be thick.
  3. Pour batter into a greased square baking pan (mine is about 8×8) and bake for 30-40 minutes. Check doneness by inserting a knife into the brownies; if it comes out mostly clean, you should be good to go. But when in doubt, I'd say underbake!


I double this for a 9×13 pan.

FYI: the texture of these is similar to a regular (but super ooey gooey perfectly baked) brownie. Usually people don't even know that there are Oreos in it because they sort of just melt right into the batter, making them extra... yummy. You could sprinkle some on top if you wanted them be more like Oreo brownies.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: brownie recipe, best brownie recipe, chocolate brownie

The ultimate question is what will you do with the leftover Oreos?

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I am making these. As soon as I possibly can. Oreos aren’t just for 10 year olds – or at least, I hope!

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    A few months ago when I was stuck at my parents’ house since we had no electricity, I found a box of Ghirardelli brownie mix and whipped some up. They came out of the oven, I scooped one out immediately (who actually waits for them to cool?) and almost spit it out! It was nasty. I looked at the box a bit more carefully and then realized it was expired by 3 years! Usually, I pay no attention to expiration dates but something must’ve gone seriously bad in that mix, they were almost inedible! haha
    I think an unexpired box and some oreos might make for a better batch though 😉

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Oh my gosh, sad! Good thing I could never have that problem – if I buy a brownie mix it’s usually made (and eaten) immediately. Chocoholic habits die hard.

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    I most definitely agree with you that underbaking brownies is the way to go! These looks delicious. I’m fairly new to reading your blog, but think you’re a great writer (you always have me chuckling) and enjoy my daily dose of Pinchofyum!!

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    They look awesome. I have tried that boxed mix and it’s really good. I have to say, I make brownies from scratch in no less than 3 mins by melting choc and butter in the micro, stirring in the eggs, sugar and flour, and baking. Better than boxed and no more time. None of this double boiler business, no electric mixer, etc. It’s been my go-to brownie recipe for 2 years now that I use on all my brownie creations. I will try the Ghira box again (if I have a coupon…lol) b/c your pics tempt me!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Maybe I need to try your recipe because I can never get brownies made from scratch to taste as good as the ones from the box (well, specifically the Ghirardelli box). 🙂

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    Yep, I can sense that my Bible study would DEVOUR these babies. I have had a case of the zombies the past couple weeknights after long days at work not feeling so great, so I REALLY appreciate the simplicity of this! For real. And I’m not 10 either . . . I think.

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      They’re perfect for stuff like that.. I feel like I always need a quick and easy go-treat and this is usually the winner! 🙂

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    I hope this isn’t rude, but looking at your old brownie recipe picture and seeing that it’s from two years ago really inspires me. You’re definitely one of my favorite food blogger photographers and to see the difference two years can make gives me hope. 🙂

    Anyway, these look like the perfect brownies. If only we had Ghirardelli brownie mix here! Or any halfway decent brownie mix.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Thanks so much Erin! That’s so exciting to hear because I am in the final stretch of finishing up my e-book on food photography tips, and it’s all about how I went from THAT (yummy food gross pictures) to this (yummy food and WAY better pictures)! Your comment inspires me to get that book out ASAP! 🙂

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        Aah! That was you! I kind of half read your post in a daze and then couldn’t remember which blog I had read it on. And it was you! How exciting. The only book I’ve bought in the last several years was Plate to Pixel and your ebook will be the second. 🙂

        Good luck with getting it finished. I can’t wait!

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          Thanks Erin! And by the way, YOUR photos look awesome girl! I just checked out your site and I’m loving 1) your design, 2) your photos, and 3) your hazelnut fudge. What?! YUM.

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    Oreos and brownies are Jonah’s favorites! Jonah wants brownies instead of cake for graduation…looks like these will definitely do!! Thanks for the fun, easy recipe!!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I was the same way! We did a dessert open house with just desserts … well, maybe you remember because it’s very possible that you made treats or served them at some point? 🙂 Anyways, these are perfect for stuff like that because you can just have people make them for you and they’ll all turn out pretty much the same. Not many possibilities for error with these ones! 🙂 Congrats to Jonah.. just a few more months!

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    Oreos??? In a brownie??? Absolutely delicious! Even without tasting, I am sure those are the best brownies ever!!!! Love them!

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    What happens if I use the new 1/2 Oreos that are dipped in chocolate mint? Do I need to use more than 14?

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I haven’t seen those… I guess with the Oreos it’s kind of however much you want to put it. I put in enough for the batter to get really thick! 🙂

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    omg! so glad you used a mix… too funny. I love brain dead middle of the week cooking almost as much as time consuming wonderful from scratch cooking. And I have yet to find a scratch brownie mix that comes close to the ease (and consistent quality) of the box kind. These look wonderful!

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    Mmmhh… Sounds and looks delicious! I’ll definitely have to try these, although that particular brownie mix isn’t available in Germany. But I’m sure I can find an alternative.

    Will there even be leftover Oreos!? 😉

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      I don’t know why, I just really truly like the taste better. And the expedited process doesn’t hurt, either. 🙂

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    These brownies look fantastic. No shame in starting with a mix. Brownie mixes turn out to be one of the best shortcuts around. I also use one in my “best” brownie recipe. 🙂