You will never hear anyone call me a history buff (or a geography buff for that matter :)), however, when you mention the history of desserts, my interest is piqued.  That interest in where our favorite desserts came from and why they came to be is what inspired these Birthday Cake Oreo Blondies.  Did you know that without the introduction of blondie bars, one of America’s favorite treats, the brownie would have never been dreamed of?

Birthday Cake Oreo Blondies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Ever since the Birthday Cake Oreos came around last year, I have been infatuated with them and have to force myself not to walk down the cookie aisle at the store for fear that a package will jump off the shelf and into my cart.  I hate when that happens!  I had not tried the “blonde” Birthday Cake Oreos until I spotted them a couple of weeks ago and new that I needed to find a special recipe to incorporate them into.  Let’s not pretend that most people on the planet do not enjoy the mysterious, yet delicious white filling found sandwiched between Oreo cookies and let’s also stop telling ourselves the lie that we don’t get giddy anytime sprinkles are involved in anything.  I feel better now that we have all come clean and been honest with ourselves, don’t you?

Birthday Cake Oreo Blondies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

The inspiration for these Birthday Cake Oreo Blondies came after reading Jessie Oleson Moore’s book The Secret Life of Baked Goods:  Sweet Stories & Recipes for America’s Favorite Desserts like a novel.  Jessie highlights some of America’s favorite sweets such as Chocolate Chip Cookies, Birthday Cake and Gingerbread Men and did her research to bring us the stories of when and where these sweet treats first came to be.

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Perhaps one of the stories that I find the most interesting is that of the Chocolate Chip Cookie.  Can you believe that the famous Chocolate Chip Cookie was created before chocolate chips?  How could this be?  Well the story goes that in 1937 a woman named Ruth Wakefield made cookies for the Tollhouse Inn in Massachusetts and one day she decided to chop up a chocolate bar and add it to her cookie dough.  She expected that the chocolate would melt and give her a chocolate cookie, but instead the chocolate pieces stayed whole and provided and new taste and texture sensation.  It’s only two years after this, in 1939 that Nestle released their chocolate morsels to make this popular cookie easier to make!  Isn’t a great story from dessert history?  If you are as intrigued by this as I was and want to know more, you must pick yourself up a copy of The Secret Life of Baked Goods!

Birthday Cake Oreo Blondies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

The book is not as full of photos as I prefer, but it doesn’t even matter, because if you are like me, you will want to read the words cover to cover and then make the recipes once you have a new found appreciation for their history.

Birthday Cake Oreo Blondies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

1 bar

Rich and butter blondie bars stuffed with Yellow Birthday Cake Oreo Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 15 yellow Birthday Cake Oreo Cookies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper and grease it liberally.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add remaining dry ingredients (except for Oreo cookies) in 3 additions and mix well to incorporate.
  5. Pour half of batter into prepared pan.
  6. Lay a single layer of Oreo cookies over the batter.
  7. Top cookies with remaining batter and spread smooth.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  9. Cool bars completely in pan before cutting and serving.
  10. Recipe adapted from The Secret Lives of Baked Goods by Jessie Oleson Moore

Notes

Per bar: Calories: 232 Fat: 11.5g Carbohydrates: 35g

Birthday Cake Oreo Blondies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

*Sasquatch Publishing provided me with a review copy of this cookbook, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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7 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cassie
    May 31, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    Fun combination of flavors! I love blondies…and sprinkles!

    Reply

  2. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    May 31, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    How much to overnight me some of those? YUM! What a fun book!

    Reply

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 31, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    I love blondies, these are so fun!

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  4. Luv What You Do
    May 31, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    I saw these cookies at my bro’s and just had to try them. I bet they make the perfect blondie!!!

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Jun 02, 2013 @ 10:09 am

      Those Oreos are hard to resist!

      Reply

  5. alysia
    Jun 06, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    I spot red velvet cake on the book! My favourite 🙂
    These cookies look so good!

    Reply

  6. Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

    That book sounds like perfect summer reading – I love stories like that! And the blondies look amazing.

    Reply

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