Oreo Cookie Bars

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If you love cookie bars and the classic cookies and creme flavor of Oreos, you need to whip up a batch of these Oreo Cookie Bars – loaded with fresh baked flavor the whole family will love!

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Who says magic isn’t real? One bite into these divine Oreo Cookie Bars, and you’ll be a believer. In every nook and cranny of these lusciously layered treats, the playful dance of textures and flavors comes alive. It’s as if the beloved classic Oreo cookie has been deconstructed and then rebuilt into something even more enchanting – a bar that’s blissfully rich, delightfully sweet, and just a tad naughty.

If you’re wondering how such a treat is even possible, look no further. This recipe takes the familiarity of Oreo cookies and incorporates them into an easy-to-make, grab-and-go dessert bar that will transform any mundane occasion into a celebration. Comprised of a buttery, crumbly Oreo base, a velvety, cream cheese filling, and a glossy chocolate topping adorned with more crumbled Oreos, these cookie bars are unapologetically indulgent.

You don’t need to be a professional baker or have a cabinet full of obscure ingredients to create this masterpiece. All you need is your love for Oreos, a handful of kitchen staples, and an adventurous spirit. Whether you’re planning a children’s party, looking for a decadent addition to your coffee break, or simply in the mood to treat yourself, these Oreo Cookie Bars are just the ticket. So, don your apron, prepare your taste buds, and let’s dive into the magic of making these alluring treats.

cookie bars stuffed with oreos stacked on top of each other on a table

How to Make Oreo Stuffed Cookies

To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup Salted Butter, softened: The butter provides the rich and creamy base for the cookie dough. Its fat content adds moisture, aids in leavening, and contributes to the tender, crumbly texture of the bars.
  • ¾ cup White Granulated Sugar: Sugar not only adds sweetness but also contributes to the browning and crispness of the cookie bars through caramelization.
  • ¾ cup Light Brown Sugar: Brown sugar, with its molasses content, adds moisture, contributing to a chewier texture. It also lends a deeper, more caramel-like flavor compared to white sugar.
  • 3 Large Eggs: Eggs bind the ingredients together and provide structure. The yolks add richness and help to tenderize the dough, while the whites assist in leavening.
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract: Vanilla enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, providing depth and aroma.
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda: As a leavening agent, baking soda reacts with the acidic components (brown sugar, chocolate) in the dough to create carbon dioxide gas, which helps the cookie bars to rise and become light and tender.
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Powder: Similar to baking soda, baking powder is another leavening agent but it has its own acid and only needs moisture to react, ensuring a good rise.
  • 1 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt: Salt sharpens and enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, balancing the sweetness and providing a subtle contrast.
  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour: The main structure for any baked goods, flour provides the framework and texture. It absorbs the liquids from the other ingredients and becomes sticky when wet, which helps to bind everything together.
  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: Chocolate chips add bursts of rich, chocolatey flavor to the cookie bars. Semi-sweet chocolate provides a balanced flavor that’s not overly sweet.
  • 20 Oreos: The star of the show, Oreos provide a distinct cookies-and-cream flavor and a delightful textural contrast. Integrated into the cookie bars, they add an element of surprise and nostalgia.

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, we will use the following method:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F and coat a 9×13 inch baking dish with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together. Mix on high speed for about 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy.
  • Once the butter and sugars are creamed together, add the eggs and vanilla extract. Keep the mixer on a high speed and mix until the eggs and vanilla are thoroughly incorporated.
  • Add the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour. Reduce the speed of the mixer to low-medium and mix until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Gently fold in the chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Press about half of the cookie dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top the cookie dough with the Oreos followed by the remaining cookie dough. Use a spatula to spread the top layer of cookie dough and ensure it fully covers the Oreos.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top of the dish is golden brown. 
  • Allow your bars to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Serve and enjoy!
cookie bars stuffed with oreos in a baking dish on a table

Properly Soften the Butter: This is key to achieving a smooth, well-mixed dough. Ideally, butter should be softened at room temperature. If you’re in a hurry, cut the butter into small cubes to speed up the process, or microwave it in short intervals, being careful not to melt it.

Use Fresh Baking Soda and Baking Powder: Make sure your leavening agents are not expired as they lose potency over time. This will ensure your cookie bars rise properly and have a good texture.

Mix Just Until Combined: Over-mixing can lead to tough, dense cookie bars. Once you add the flour, mix just until you no longer see streaks of dry flour.

Layer Oreos Evenly: When arranging the Oreos on the dough, try to space them evenly. This way, each bar will have a nice piece of Oreo inside it.

Chill the Dough: If you find the dough too soft to handle, chill it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before assembling the bars. This will make it easier to handle and also help the bars keep their shape while baking.

Don’t Over Bake: Bake just until the edges start to turn golden. The center might seem a bit undercooked, but remember it will continue to cook from residual heat after you remove it from the oven. This will keep your bars nice and soft.

Cool Completely Before Cutting: It might be tempting to dig in right away, but allow the cookie bars to cool completely in the pan before cutting them. This helps them set and makes cutting cleaner and easier.

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. They should stay fresh for up to 5 days. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to 3 months. Just thaw at room temperature when ready to enjoy.

FAQs

Can I use different types of Oreos for this recipe?

Yes, absolutely. This recipe is quite flexible. You can use any Oreo flavor you prefer or even use other similar cookies. The different flavors can add a fun twist to the recipe.

Can I make these cookie bars gluten free?

Yes, you can make this recipe gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend and gluten-free Oreos or similar cookies.

Can I use unsalted butter instead of salted?

Yes, you can use unsalted butter. If you do, you might want to add a little extra salt to the recipe to make up for the salt that’s in salted butter.

Can I make these bars vegan?

Yes, you can substitute the butter with a vegan butter alternative, use a plant-based egg substitute, and use vegan-friendly chocolate chips and Oreos.

My dough seems sticky. What did I do wrong?

Nothing at all. Dough consistency can change based on numerous factors like the size of the eggs, the type of flour, and even the temperature and humidity. If the dough is too sticky to handle, just chill it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.

What is the best way to cut these cookie bars?

Let the bars cool completely before cutting. Use a sharp knife, and to ensure clean cuts, you can wipe your knife clean after each cut.

Can I freeze these cookie bars?

Yes, the bars freeze well. Just ensure they’re tightly wrapped or stored in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn. Thaw them at room temperature when you’re ready to enjoy them.

cookie bars stuffed with oreos stacked on top of each other on a table

Ice Cream: A scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side or on top of a warm cookie bar is a classic choice. The creaminess and cool temperature of the ice cream balance out the richness and warmth of the cookie bar. Feel free to experiment with other flavors like mint chocolate chip or cookies and cream for added fun.

Fresh Fruits: Fresh berries or a mixed fruit salad can provide a refreshing and slightly tart counterpoint to the sweet and rich cookie bars.

Beverages: A glass of cold milk is a traditional pairing with any cookie-based dessert. For adults, a cup of coffee or a glass of dessert wine could be a delightful pairing. Hot chocolate or a flavored latte could also be great options.

Whipped Cream: A dollop of whipped cream on top of the cookie bar can add a light and fluffy texture. You can even flavor the whipped cream with vanilla or mint.

Chocolate or Caramel Sauce: Drizzling a little chocolate or caramel sauce over the cookie bars can make the dessert even more decadent.

Nut Butters: A drizzle of almond or peanut butter can add a different flavor profile and make the dish more substantial.

Yogurt: A side of Greek yogurt can add a tangy freshness that contrasts well with the sweetness of the cookie bars.

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Stuffed Oreo Cookie Bars

Buttery fresh baked cookie bars stuffed with Oreo cookies in the middle!
Course Bars
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, bars, cookies, desserts, oreo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 592kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F and coat a 9×13 inch baking dish with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together. Mix on high speed for about 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy.
  • Once the butter and sugars are creamed together, add the eggs and vanilla extract. Keep the mixer on a high speed and mix until the eggs and vanilla are thoroughly incorporated.
  • Add the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour. Reduce the speed of the mixer to low-medium and mix until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Gently fold in the chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Press about half of the cookie dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top the cookie dough with the Oreos followed by the remaining cookie dough. Use a spatula to spread the top layer of cookie dough and ensure it fully covers the Oreos.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top of the dish is golden brown. 
  • Allow your bars to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 526mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 48g

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Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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