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 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!

5.0 from 13 reviews
Best Ever Brownies
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Serves: 12
  • 1 package Ghirardelli Double Chocolate brownie mix (the kind with the chocolate chips in it)
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • ¼ 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 8x8) 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 9x13 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.

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

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  1. I’m sold! They look just perfect.

  2. These DO look like some of the best brownies ever! ;)

  3. modernworkinggirl says:

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

  4. Ghiardelli most certainly does make the best boxed brownies! Love the Oreos in this.

  5. These do seriously look like the best. I like brownies gooey and barely cooked through. I love these!

  6. 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 ;)

    • 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.

  7. Kristina says:

    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!!

  8. oooh yes, these sound absolutely amazing! Esp with oreos mixed in, genius!!

  9. Looks amazing! Boxed brownies blow away all the “from scratch” varieties I’ve tried.

  10. I have to say that I always love baked goods when they are partially made with a boxed mix….no idea why!

  11. Hey, brownie mixes are wonderful!! I’m sure the leftovers would be eaten in about 5 minutes by Kevin James. :)

  12. 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!

    • 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). :)

  13. These look so moist, gooey, and just perfect! And they’re SO easy!! I love it :)

  14. 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.

    • 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! :)

  15. Is it only me, or does it just seem like brownies from the box are always better?? These look addictive – as if regular brownies aren’t bad enough. And the oreos? well, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  16. 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.

    • 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! :)

      • 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!

  17. 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!!

    • 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!

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

  19. Colleen Pitts says:

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

    • 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! :)

  20. 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!

  21. Ghirardelli chocolate is the best so I’m sure they’re AH-MAZING. Not that I was doubting you or anything :)

  22. 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!? ;)

  23. These are the best.brownies.ever! Once you go Ghirardelli you can never go back.

  24. Y’know, sometimes a package just IS better. If anything, it helps get the brownies on the plate faster!

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

  25. 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. :-)

  26. I am right there with you girl! Ghirardelli chocolate chunk brownies are the bomb. I buy the boxes when they are on sale so I can keep them handy when I need a quick last minute dessert.

    My sister-in-law is a pastry chef and they actually use this mix all the time in her restaurant. GASP! I know, it’s that good. I love your addition of oreos to the mix. I am going to have to give that a try. My kids would love it :)

  27. Brownie mix brownies are pretty darned good. I’ve never thought to add Oreo’s. Great idea!

  28. You just dropped some old skewl cred with the tumblr link. :)

    You would also be the kewlest cousin ever if you made me some of these before I move to Texas. Just saying..

    (this post is also a secret shout out to my other cousin Steph and her kewl jeggings)

  29. Tika Hapsari Nilmada says:

    OMG, that brownie looks so yummy. Will definitely make this one.

  30. Hush your mouth – these look good!

  31. They look divine!

  32. Wow – those look gooey, insanely chocolatey and delicious! I just happen to have some Oreo’s in the cupboard, now to get that mix!!

  33. Just added a box of Ghirardelli brownie mix to my grocery list. So making these this weekend! These look amazing! :)

  34. You had me at oreo……

  35. Brook Anne says:

    I made these today..and they are AWESOME. Just a note, I had only a 9 x 13 pan, but not enough ingredients to double the recipe. I baked them for about 25 minutes, and they came out perfect, albeit thinner than the ones in your photo. Dangerously yummy!

  36. In the oven as I type… Double batch of course! I used half birthday cake Oreo and half Vanilla Oreo.

  37. Those brownies look incredible. I just posted a recipe about making Ghirardelli brownies minus the box on my blog. They’re just as easy to make (and just as delicious) and you can say they’re totally from scratch. Love the Oreos in them. I’ll have to try that.

  38. All these looks delicious and I’m looking forward to making them but I’m from Mexico and I don’t understand what “underbaking” means. If you could explain. I’m making them for my friend’s birthday as a gift and I would like them to come out as best as possible, though I couldn’t find the Ghirardelli box on Walmart, I guess they don’t sell them in this country, and that brand is the whole point but I’m trying it anyways. But yes, my point was knowing what underbaking means. (: Thank You.

    • It just means that if you check them at 30 minutes and they are mostly done, take them out. You don’t want them to be really baked all the way through because they get really dry, and for me, I love the gooey pieces that you get when you don’t bake them as long. Just shorten the baking time, basically. :)

  39. I am so making these tomorrow so I can take them to work on Sunday – that is if there are any left because they look fabulous! I will also be sure and check out your book. I’m using a cheap digital camera for my pics and know I could do so much better. Thanks for sharing your skills!

  40. Lindsay, I made these brownies over the weekend!! I can’t even begin to tell you how many compliments I got on them. People were begging me for the recipe. They were SHOCKED when I told them it came from a box. The baked oreos inside melt and become SO fudgy… it’s out of this world. I also topped mine with cream cheese icing and sprinkles. They were soooo very decadent. Needless to say, I ran an extra mile or two yesterday to make up for it haha! Posting these this week. thanks Lindsay :)

    • Thank you! I’m glad your friends liked them!! I’ve had more people tell me these are the best brownies they’ve ever had than any other brownies (or dessert) I’ve ever made. Kind of ridiculous that they are really just a jazzed up box mix!

  41. I am an avid baker and I use Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie mix all the time! Everyone tells me that I make THE BEST BROWNIES in the entire UNIVERSE!!!! I can’t wait to try this twist on my favorite mix! Thanks for validating my favorite brownie recipe!

  42. Cristina says:

    They look delicioussssss, only problem we dont have that brownie mix here in Mexico!! would betty krocker works?? please let me knowww

  43. Lizabeth K. says:

    These really are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  44. michigirl says:

    holy freakin cow! I just made a batch of these brownies and they are SO good! I’m just glad I made them for a party so I won’t be tempted to eat them all!

  45. I am a huge fan of the Baked Brownie but wanted a recipe that wasn’t as time consuming. These are out of this world and will now be my go to brownie recipe!!! Only problem was they are so gooey I had trouble knowing if they were done.

  46. Lindsay!!!! These were incredible!! I brought them to work today and someone asked me to make them again (while someone in the background was eating one saying “OMG! It even has chocolate chips!”) And I really think they tasted better today than they did last night!!! WHAT A HIT!!! Thanks for making me such a popular (old) girl at the office!

  47. I have made these a handful of times already and everyone loves them. Made them today with halloween sprinkled and my co-workers are going gaga. THANKS!

  48. These look AH-MAZE-ING!! Can’t wait to try them….perhaps with a bit (and by bit I mean a thick layer) of frosting….mmmm my mouth is watering@@

  49. Scott Anderson says:

    Did you use regular or double stuffed oreos?

    • I’ve used both – the original are a little easier to crush but double stuf are… double stuf. I don’t think it makes a huge different so it’s up to you!

      • Scott Anderson says:

        Just put my first batch of these in the oven, have to see how they turn out! The batter was really thick, don’t know if I put in too much oreos (14)? From your experience what is best type and number of oreos? And I’ve made the Ghiradelli Chocolate Supreme brownie mix before with the white choc chips, would that work for this recipe too, adding in the oreos? Sorry for all the questions but thank you!

    My mom and I did a blind taste test of brownies from all of our favorite blogs and these won by a huge margin!!!!!

    We made them with Dark Chocolate Ghirardelli mix……

    Thank you so much, Lindsay!!

  51. I had oral surgery this am, but this afternoon my twins really wanted a treat after school. Can’t wait til these come out of the oven, even if I can only eat on one side right now.

  52. agreed! I am a brownie -aholic and I consider g double choc the best, and hard to complete from scratch when the easy box is just so dang easy. I like to add even more chocolate chips. and freeze the batter in individual weck canning jars. then when I need a treat, quick bake and fresh brownie. otherwise I eat the entire pan.

  53. love the mix, love underbaking brownies, love everything about this recipe!

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