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How to Make Brownies from a Box

I recently made the move from NYC to CA. And let me tell you is not that easy to move all of your belongings across the country. Some things got cut - and by some things, I mean all the furniture. When I finally got to CA, I was excited to start from scratch and create this awesome shabby chic beach cottage. I had so many ideas and so many things I wanted to buy. And then I realized I couldn't afford any of them. Literally - any of them. So Ikea became my new best friend. I spent a lot of time there, the ice cream man actually began to call me by my name. (It's a $1 cone - don't judge me) But, the most important thing I learned during this whole process was the beauty of the "Ikea Hack". There is a whole community out there who are dedicated to taking basic Ikea furniture and taking it to the next level. It is amazing. And all this hack talk got me could probably take some pretty basic recipes and hack them too. I went straight to the kitchen and the result turned out way better than expected. In this recipe, we are taking a basic box brownie recipe and adding a little something to take it to the next level.

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Cookies And Cream Brownies

Cookies and Cream Brownies | Sprinkles For Breakfast



  • 1 box brownie mix
  • eggs (as directed on back of box)
  • oil (as directed on back of box)
  • water (as directed on back of box)
  • 16-20 Oreo cookies *I highly recommend Betty Crocker's Supreme Triple Chunk with Hershey Syrup


  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • water
  • 16 Oreo cookies
  • candy thermometer


for the brownies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Coat the bottom of a 9 x 9 pan with butter or PAM and line with parchment.
  3. Prepare the box brownies as directed on the back of the box.
  4. Roughly crush Oreo cookies in a plastic bag.
  5. Mix crushed Oreo cookies to batter and mix thoroughly.
  6. Scrape batter into pan and bake for roughly 40 minutes (Or as directed on back of box).
  7. Allow them to cool before cutting.

These brownies are awesome just like this. But if you want to make them even better add some cookie and cream frosting.

for the buttercream:

  1. In a small sauce pan put 1/2 cup (MINUS TWO TABLESPOONS) of sugar and cover the sugar with a little bit of water until the sugar looks like wet sand. Cook on a stove top over high heat until it reaches 248 degrees Fahrenheit (you need a candy thermometer here).
  2. While the sugar is cooking, whip eggs whites in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment at a high speed until you reach soft peaks.
  3. Once the egg whites reach soft peaks add two tablespoons of sugar and mix on a high speed until the egg whites reach stiff peaks. You can keep mixing the egg whites at a high speed until the sugar is done cooking.
  4. Once the sugar reaches 248 degrees, immediately add it to the egg white mixture. Mix on a high speed for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, add the room temperature butter and mix on a high speed for 5-10 minutes until the butter is fully combined and the mixture resembles buttercream.
  6. Add vanilla and mix until just combined.
  7. Roughly crush Oreo cookies in a plastic bag.
  8. Add Oreo cookies to frosting mixture and mix until combined.
  9. Apply a nice layer of frosting on top of the cooled brownies.

*Makes about 12 brownies

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Lindsay Nathanson - Baker and Author

I might be the only person in the history of the world that has ever been grounded from baking. That's right. When I was a teen, it wasn't the computer, or the phone or the tv that got taken away. For me, it was the unsalted butter.

Comments (2)


You as well!

Ema Jones

Can I add slivered almonds in here?


Of course! You can really add anything you want...but I think almonds would be a great addition.