Friday, October 24, 2008

M&M Studded Fudgy Oreo- Chunk Brownies

You've gotta love seasonally themed- M&M's. They can make anything festive. My favorite Oreo-Chunk Brownies are good enough on their own, but the addition of M&M's gives them a little Halloween Pizzazz.

These brownies are baked on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet (12 x 18-inches). After an overnight chill, the foil aides in lifting the entire giant brownie out of the pan. The foil is then peeled away and the brownies are firm enough to make nice, clean cuts.

One giant baking sheet turns out a TON of brownies, so be prepared to share. I sent a bunch to school today for Teacher Treat Day and put another bunch of them in the freezer for an upcoming boys' camping trip.

You may not ever wish to have a boxed brownie again after you try these. They're really quite easy to make, but you do need to have a secret ingredient (instant espresso powder). It's really a must. The espresso brings out the flavor of the chocolate in a wonderful way. Sometimes espresso powder is tough to find... but you might have luck at your local market- do ask since they tend to tuck it away in places you wouldn't think to look for it. I think mine was actually in the 'international' aisle.

The oreos are a really nice addition to a fudgy brownie... a tiny bit of crunch to break up the monotony of decadent bite after decadent bite. The orange-filled Halloween oreos would be even better. I'm pretty sure they're exclusively found at Target this time of year but apparently I was late to the party... they were already sold out.

You'll want to have a gallon or two of milk nearby. These are some good brownies, but a little goes a long way. And with that added espresso powder you'll be ready to clean the garage, go rock climbing and hit the gym before you come home to make dinner.

And don't forget to eat those leftover M&M's for dessert- they might just give you a little pizzazz too.

This recipe can be found HERE.

63 comments:

Rhyleysgranny said...

These look so good. Bright and cheerful with the colourful M&Ms. Pics are lovely

Manggy said...

Oh, I think that's exactly what I need-- brownies that go a long way! Somehow I can't stop putting them in my mouth! (Although I've a feeling I'll still do that with these yummies :)

Debbie said...

Great Halloween treat all kids will love. I think I will make these for my son's class. (I may eat them before they reach the school though!).

Stacey Snacks said...

Yummy, my teeth are hurting, it's too early in the a.m. for me to go into sugar shock!
I will read this post again after I have had coffee!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

These are great - I love all the festive colors!! YUM

Barbara Bakes said...

Cute glasses! Milk and brownies yum!

Robin Sue said...

Oh My! These brownies do look so fudgie good and with oreo to boot! Those are some lucky teachers to get some of these! I do like espresso powder in my chocolate baked goods, you are right it does intensify the chocolate taste. Great pictures! Oh one of my students made your Halloween cake pops for the bake sale we are having today!

Ginny said...

Yummy! I love anything with M&M! looks great! :)

Rosie said...

WOW these m & m brownies look divine!! Love the party look to them with bright colours..

Rosie x

Happy cook said...

They looks so good. Wonderful for kids and adults too.

Katrina said...

Yum! Love the Oreo addition and the Ghoulish M&M's! I'm pretty sure I saw the Orange Oreos at Walmart, too.
Looks SO good, Lori!

Gretchen Noelle said...

These look delicious and festive!!

Heather said...

these are adorable! i have to keep my husband away from your site - otherwise he'll want to move in with you ;) the pics are beautiful!

Cora (Cora Cooks) said...

Neighborhood block party at our house tomorrow -- these are sure to be a big hit with kids and grownups!

cakewardrobe said...

I love colorful and cheery desserts such as this! But who could resist a recipe such as this even without all the pizzaz!

Patsyk said...

I love the seasonal M&Ms - they do make everything more festive!

I will have to try your brownies... I love that they can be frozen, a bonus since I have NO willpower!

Maria said...

I love the color the M and M's add! What a great treat!

Ingrid said...

Your brownie edges are so straight! I wish I had the patience to wait for them to chill before I cut into them.

Thank you for sharing your recipe. I like that this one makes such a large amount. I enjoy bringing treats to my boys' teams and the parents generally want a piece or two as well! :-)
~ingrid

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

These are soooo wrong for all the right reasons..............

Helene said...

Oh my, if my boys sees this, they'll ask me for more brownies. Great idea with the M&M.

Parker said...

Now I am craving a mid afternoon brownie...love the added m&ms

Alicia said...

Those look so yummy! and definitely festive for halloween!..mMMmm

diva said...

totally agree! seasonally themed m&ms are wonderful - to the point that i'm always sad to see them go. i miss the Star Wars dark side ones the most!
these look great and the brownies are perfection. only thing now is to find me some Halloween M&Ms..which shdn't be too hard, i hope! happy halloween!x

Emiline said...

Yummm

Culinarywannabe said...

I just got put on treat duty for a group of little girls and I think these will be just perfect! Of course, I will give them the brownies them ship them home to their parents to deal with the sugar/espresso high! :)

noble pig said...

I have to find these M&M's they are perfect for Halloween! I love the colors!

Meg said...

Oreos and m&ms combined in a brownie treat. These look sinful!

Bunny said...

These look so good! What kid (or big kid) could resist these!!

sliceofsueshe said...

dang, those do look decadent. i like those m&m colors studded in the brownies.

Megan said...

I just ate a handful of M&M's so when I saw this post, it really made me smile. those look like the perfect brownies-delicious!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Lori, the M & M picture looks great. And the brownies look like they're popping off the screen. I LOVE chocolate. Great recipe, thanks.

HoneyB said...

I do love the seasonal colored M&Ms!!Great photos!

Lindsey said...

I LOVE those M&M's! I have used some in baking as well, and some have gone straight into my belly.

hot garlic said...

I LOVE them! They do look so festive and chewy and delicious. Your pics are always fabulous and your recipes never disappoint!!

alexandra's kitchen said...

those are adorable. i love the picture of the whole pan. i've never thought to add oreos to brownies but I have no doubt that I would love it. yum!

Alexa said...

Gorgeous colors... You bring festivities to new heights!
These brownies are the perfect treat for all our little goblins.

Grace said...

so pretty! for some reason, specially-colored m&ms (specifically the purple ones) taste better to me. :)

CookiePie said...

Oreo-chunk brownies??? Yum yum!!! They sound fantastic and they look even better!

Melanie said...

To die for - both in cuteness (Halloween M&M's - love them!) and in major chocolate brownie factor.

Sandy said...

Oh yummy, I love brownies and M&Ms!

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Omg you just combined like all of my favorite things! Hand one over! lol

Chocoflyer said...

WOW- really delicious looking and love the colors! Im a huge M&M fan and even have all the Halloween M&Ms featured now on my blog-
http://chocolatemmtraveler.blogspot.com

Is it ok if I add a link to this recipe? It goes perfect with my M&M post!

Snooky doodle said...

wow these look so nice and colourful. The brownie looks so fudgey and yummy. I like this recipe you made me drool I m licking the monitor screen ha ha

Erica said...

I was going to write you a note last night but I was exhausted! Your recipe is incredible and I <3 your blog! Everyone was raving last night about how professional the pie looks and how good it tastes! You rock :)

Janet said...

I made these last night and they are amazing! You were right, the instant espresso powder was hard to find so I substituted with instant coffee and they were still fantastic! Thanks so much for the recipe!

Ivy said...

They look so festive with all those colours perfect for kids' parties.

Aimée said...

Awesome! These make M&M's a good snack for adults and not just kids!
If only I could find espresso powder...

Dawn said...

Love the one pic of that FAT chunk of Oreo! whoa!

That Girl said...

Yummy! But I don't quite understand when purple became a Halloween color.

BraveJeWorld said...

do you have a shop??

BraveJeWorld said...

do you have a shop??

dessertobsessed said...

omg your photos are sooooooooo amazing! those look soooooo good!

Cakespy said...

Ooh these are so festive and decadent looking--how awesome!

Leslie said...

I might sneak a boxed cake mix in every once in a while, but NEVER a brownie mix. There is nothing better or easier than homemade brownies!

Joe said...

Glad you liked the recipe Lori! The M&Ms are a good addition too I think!

Laurie said...

So colorful and beautiful! And your candy corn cookies are amazing.

Peter M said...

This is freakin' awesome...soft brownies with an M & M crunch.

the southern hostess said...

These make me so happy!

Jennifer said...

Wow, you are great at this! :)

Deborah said...

I love that you can find M&Ms for any holiday! These sound delicious!

Me and The Boys said...

yumm! these look delicious! The candy corn bark looks equally yummy! I will definitely be trying these!

Colleen said...

Oooh I love the Halloween colors! My mother in law works for Mars - I will have to get some!

kellypea said...

Very cute and yummy looking! The colors are amazing. I've never been a very good brownie maker so I'll have to take some lessons from these!