By Sam Boyce

As the weather gets colder and desserts are changing season, I thought I would share my favorite recipe of all time: messy brownies. They have been seen on social media through the years, and have been seen with other names, so this recipe may sound familiar. This is not an invite to start another muddy buddies – puppy chow debate, but whatever you want to call these brownies, they are delicious. 


  • oreos 
  • cookie dough (packaged or homemade)
  • brownie batter (boxed or homemade)

   For the cookie dough (packaged works too we don’t judge :D)

  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 bag semi sweet Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chips 

  Cookie Dough Instructions: 

  1. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl
  2. In a separate bowl, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla extract until creamy
  3. Add eggs one at a time into the wet ingredients
  4. Gradually beat in dry ingredients
  5. Beat in chocolate chips

  For the brownies (boxed mix also works)

  • 2 eggs 
  • ½ cup butter 
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder

 Brownie Batter Instructions: 

  1. Melt the ½ cup butter 
  2. Stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract into melted butter
  3. Beat in cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder
  4. Mix until smooth

Now that the brownie batter and cookie dough are ready (whether homemade or in box mix),  it’s time to form the messy brownies.


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. In a 9” by 13” pan (or whatever size depending on brownie batter amount), spray the bottom of the pan with nonstick cooking spray. 
  3. Spread the cookie dough thoroughly and evenly across the bottom of the pan.
  4. Once the cookie dough is spread, take your oreos and place them on top of the cookie dough. Space them however you please, I recommend three per row.
  5. Once oreos are in place, pour and spread the brownie batter over everything, cover all the oreos.
  6. Once brownie batter is in place, spread it around if there are thinner spots -> try to make batter as evenly spread as possible.
  7. Place pan in oven for 25 minutes to start (use toothpick to check if brownies need more time) 
  8. Let cool, and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these messy brownies! Definitely a great treat for the fall and winter time! Happy baking!