Cookies and Cream Brownie Cake by cucinagirl


for the brownie 
1/2 cup butter 
2 oz. dark chocolate (I use Ghirardelli’s “Bittersweet” chocolate with 60% cocoa.) 
2 eggs 
1 cup sugar 
1/2 tsp vanilla 
1/2 cup flour 
1/8 tsp salt 

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Melt the butter and chocolate, either in a double  boiler or in the microwave.  Set aside to cool.  Cream together eggs and sugar.  Add slightly cooled chocolate and butter mixture and blend until well combined.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Pour batter into two (greased and floured) 1-pound loaf pans or one 9-inch square cake pan.  Bake for about 15 minutes, until edges are set but brownie is still slightly gooey in the center.  Allow to cool about 10 minutes before removing from pans.  Finish cooling on wire rack.   Once brownie is mostly cool, allow to chill in refrigerator until you are ready to frost.  (Or chill in freezer if it will be less than half an hour; if more than an hour, refrigerate wrapped in plastic wrap.)

for the frosting 
1 cup powdered sugar 
2 Tbsp. butter, softened 
1 Tbsp milk 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
several “classic creme” cookies, roughly crushed

Beat powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla until smooth and creamy.   Carefully fold in crushed cookies.
Remove cake from fridge or freezer.  If baked in a 9x9 pan, cut it in half to create two rectangular pieces for layering.  
Spread half of the frosting over the first layer.  Stack the second layer on top and spread the remaining frosting.  Using a long, serrated knife, carefully trim the cake so that all four sides are straight and even.  Return cake to  freezer.

for the glaze 
5 oz. white chocolate 
1 Tbsp. butter 
several “classic creme” cookies, roughly crushed

Melt white chocolate and butter together (either in a double boiler or in the microwave).  Allow to cool slightly.  Carefully fold in crushed cookies.
Remove the cake from the freezer and carefully spread the glaze so that it covers all sides. 

Top the cake with extra, roughly crushed cookies.  Chill in refrigerator until about 30 minutes before serving.