Oreo Cookie Bark

One of the best things that I did this first year of law school was getting involved with the Student Bar Association.  For those not versed in law-speak, SBA is essentially law school student council.  We plan a variety of events – both social and educational – for the college of law.  I have met so many amazing people through it, and the events that I have helped plan or execute have been really rewarding.  Most importantly, though, I found a new group of people that I can force my food on.

I feel like when you become a food blogger it’s almost a requisite step that you begin to force your concoctions on anyone within arms reach.  To furnish the blog you are constantly cooking or baking, and you get to a point where you really don’t need more cookies in your freezer.  Seriously, four bags is enough.

I bake something special for the SBA meeting each week.  It’s usually stuffed with chocolate and portable as to keep me from dropping it.  Funny story — one time I was bringing cookies to a party at one of my old workplaces and I was carrying them in a Ziploc bag that was in another plastic grocery bag.  As I was walking the Ziploc bag slipped out and I didn’t notice until I was about a block away.  I ran back, picked up the Ziploc bag of cookies, and then served them as if nothing happened.

Note for the SBA-ers…I haven’t done this to you.  Yet.

My first SBA baked good was actually this no-bake Oreo Cookie Bark recipe.  I made a Facebook status about it the night before, and there was quite the buzz among the SBA-ers.  Immediately following my talking-it-up, I then began to worry that it wouldn’t live up to the hype and I’d be that person who oversold their cooking.  I overreacted and made my roommate taste test a bunch of the batch because I didn’t want to do it myself.  Based on their reactions – and my own once I finally had some – I think I can go out on a limb and say it turned out well.  Make it and decide for yourself!

Oreo Cookie Bark

Ingredients:

16 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped and divided in half

14 Oreos, crushed and divided in half

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

3 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Melt the chocolate and mix in the crushed Oreos.  Spread out on the baking sheet and place in the freezer for fifteen minutes.

Meanwhile, get started on the filling.  Cream together the shortening and butter until smooth.  Mix in the powdered sugar gradually until a thick filling is formed. Spread on the hardened chocolate and place in the freezer for another fifteen minutes.

Melt the remaining chocolate and mix in the rest of the oreos.  Spread on the chilled bottom layer of the bark and filling, making sure to spread the chocolate to the edges of the bark.  Freeze until hardened.  Serve chilled.

Source:  Cookies And Cups

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Oreo Pudding Cookies

I typically don’t like to make cookies that have too many ingredients.  I’d like to say I’m a purist and appreciate cookies in their simplest form, but it’s really just because I’m a money-challenged-grad-student who doesn’t like shelling out money for random ingredients.  With that said, these cookies have a lot of random ingredients.

I made them last week for the previously mentioned Football Party – also known as that night we schemed to meet up with our crushes and ended up with a house-full of people that didn’t include them. I spent a lot of time trying to pick the perfect cookie for the night but pretty much knew my search was over when I saw this recipe on Cookies & Cups.  There’s a lot to love in these cookies, but they had at me at the chopped up cookies n’ cream candy bars.

I was OBSESSED with those candy bars during high school.  I used to get them whenever I went to the movie theater and it would pretty much be the greatest thing ever.  Well, it was the greatest thing ever until someone had the genius idea to put them in cookies.  Now, THAT is the greatest thing ever.  For realzies.

These cookies are pretty easy to make and come together quickly.  From what I saw at my party, they disappear quickly, as well!

Oreo Pudding Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1 package Oreo pudding

1 tbsp vanilla

2 eggs

2 1/4 cup flour

3/4 old fashioned oats

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp sat

2 cups chopped Cookies n’ Cream bars

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  

In a bowl, mix together the flour, oats, baking soda and salt.  In a separate bowl, cream together the two sugars and  butter.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Next, add the flour mixture, making sure to scrape down the sides.  Fold in the chopped candy bars.  

Drop tablespoons of the dough onto a prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until brown around the edges. Let cool 3-4 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source:  Cookies & Cups