If there is one word that sums up Italian food, it is “tradition.” Dishes like pasta carbonara, pasta pomodoro, or pasta all’amatriciana, have been done in the same way, well, possibly forever. And, sure, people have their little special touches that make a dish “theirs”, but it’s usually varying quantities of the same ingredients. And why not? Everyone around the world loves Italian food and, as the old adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. [peekaboo_content]
Italians also have very clear culinary rules about what goes with what and when. Try and break or bend these rules and watch how quickly two hands will go up in the air to stop you from talking, shoulders will shrug towards the ears, brows will furrow, heads will shake gravely, and you’ll be told (very seriously), “Non si fa” (translation: it is not done). Sometimes these “non si fa’s” are a little silly. For example, I was once flatly refused a cappuccino after dinner because, “hot milk after a meal will make your stomach hurt and be bad for your digestion.” The waiter literally argued with me, and refused to make me a cappuccino. But sometimes I agree with these very clear limits. While I was traveling in Italy for work last week a local cheese monger was shaking her head in disbelief that people would want to drink coffee with cheese (I am with her on that one).
But sometimes these strict rules make you miss out on something extraordinary, like these slutty brownies – brownies mixed with red velvet cake, cookie dough, and Oreo truffle. Now, I agree the name is objectionable (why can’t they be sexually liberated brownies?), but I didn’t make up the name. As ever, we strive to get good food in your belly as fast as possible, so our Impatient version uses store-bought ingredients. Layer your brownie, cookie dough, Oreo truffle, and red velvet, bake for 30 minutes and enjoy as your eyes roll back into sugar bomb ecstasy.
1 PACKAGE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MIX, PLUS INGREDIENTS LISTED ON PACKAGE
1 PACKAGE DOUBLE STUFF OREOS, CRUSHED
1 (8-OZ) PACKAGE CREAM CHEESE, SOFTENED IN MICROWAVE FOR 1 MINUTE
RED VELVET BROWNIE MIX, OR RED VELVET CAKE MIX,
PLUS INGREDIENTS LISTED ON THE PACKAGE
- Leave cream cheese out at room temperature for 15 minutes to soften, or zap in the microwave for about one minute.
- Put the entire package of Oreos in a Ziploc bag, close, and crush them up with a rolling pin. You want them to turn them into Oreo dust (You might need to crush them up in two batches).
- Combine the softened cream cheese and Oreos in a bowl. Mix very well and set aside.
- Get out three bowls to make your different layers:
- Make brownie according to package instructions. Set aside.
- Make cookie batter according to instructions (usually add eggs and butter). Set aside.
- Make red velvet batter according to instructions (usually add eggs and butter). Set aside.
- In a greased baking pan with high edges, put your cookie dough on the bottom, followed by the brownie, the Oreo truffle, and the red velvet on the top.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. The Oreo truffle layer will always be fudgy and look “undercooked” so when that is the only thing that remains on the toothpick, you’re all good.