Oreo Brownies – definitely on the right “track” to tasteful snacking!

Oreo Brownies and Amtrak magazineJust before boarding the Amtrak train from New York City to Buffalo this past Monday morning (I’d been to visit my sister Loreen on Long Island for the weekend and was heading home), I popped into one of the Zaro’s Bakery locations at Penn Station to pick up a sandwich and snack for the eight hour ride.

Oreo Brownies caught my eye so I shelled out $2.75 for a piece a little larger than I probably needed!

Hours later, as the coutryside rolled by and I relaxed with Maeve Binchy‘s Scarlet Feather* (actually, I think I did more relaxing (napping, that is) than reading), I enjoyed every bite of that brownie washed down with a cup of tea from the train’s snack bar.

Oreo Brownie - one biteNow that I’m home, I’m on the hunt for a good Oreo Brownie recipe.

Zaro’s brownie is topped with a layer of broken Oreo cookies. Over that is drizzled a criss cross pattern of white icing.  Tucked within the brownie is a layer of gooey caramel.

A simplified Oreo Brownie could be made by mixing about a dozen coarsely chopped oreo cookies into your favourite brownie recipe or mix.

If you’re not familiar with Oreo cookies, imagine two chocolate wafers sandwiched together with a white or chocolate icing.

There are lots of variations of this cookie including ones made with vanilla wafers, mint icing, a doubled amount of icing, seasonally-coloured icing, etc…….  There are even Oreo Sippers – straw-like cookies through which you can sip milk. (Many people consider Oreos the perfect cookie partner to milk.)

Then there are are the debates as to how best to eat Oreos. Wafers separated? Icing licked off first? Dipped in milk?

If you’re a real Oreo cookie lover, be sure to read my post about Williams-Sonoma’s sandwich cookie cake pans. With the pans, you can bake an Oreo-cookie shaped cake.

* I haven’t quite finished reading Scarlet Feather yet. Too much napping on the train, I think. The book is a good read about a catering business in Dublin. Do they eat brownies in Ireland, I wonder? Or Oreo cookies, for that matter?

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