You have no doubt seen those bars on Pinterest, and floating around on the internet called slutty brownies. I saw them posted on Pinterest by one of the last people I would have ever expected to allow the word ‘slutty’ to appear before her eyes, much less repin a recipe with the word in the title. I immediately clicked on it when I saw her pin. These things are ridiculous, and I mean that in a very good way. A layer of Oreo cookies is sandwiched between a chocolate chip cookie layer and a brownie layer. They make my mouth water and I’m pretty sure that looking at them just made my yoga pants stretch out a little more than they already were. By the way, I did not do yoga in these pants today. In fact, I did nothing. Oh no, I vacuumed. That’s something.
So here they are. The slutty brownies. And don’t you see what I mean? Don’t you just feel a little fatter after looking at them?
Photo from whatsgabycooking.com
Anyway, the link I clicked on led me to the Londoner. She uses boxes of mix, which is totally fine in my opinion, especially with something called slutty brownies. The easier the better. Another recipe, from What’s Gaby Cooking, uses scratch made cookies and brownies. I typically don’t have that kind of time or patience, so I admire you, Gaby! Jessica Simpson is apparently craving these brownies during her pregnancy, and I don’t blame her.
Now that you’re expecting to see how my slutty brownies turned out (and how much weight I gained after eating the entire pan), I did not actually make slutty brownies. I just wanted to talk about them. But I did make a three layered bar that brings together shortbread, dulce de leche and brownies. I made the shortbread cookie and used a can of dulce de leche and a box of brownie mix. I think they would have been better with a scratch brownie, which really isn’t all that hard to do and I wish I’d done it. Next time.
Everyone seemed to like these. The salt was nice next to the sweetness of the brownie. The combination of textures, crunchy, sticky and gooey was quite delicious. The only changes I might make would be to use more dulce de leche and, like I said above, make a scratch brownie. You could add chocolate chunks or nuts to the brownies, I’d probably use pecans, but I’m biased. Toffee pieces might also be really tasty, but that might be overdoing it…but not as over the top as the slutty brownies,
Shortbread, Salted Dulce de Leche & Brownie Bars
- 1 cup butter, cold and cut into cubes
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- pinch of coarse salt
- 1 can of dulce de leche
- a couple pinches of flaked sea salt
- 1 family size brownie mix (for a 9×13 pan)
- ingredients called for on the box (eggs, oil, water)
- Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until mixture resemble coarse sand. Do not overmix.
- Press mixture into a 9×13 pan (greased if desired, I did not grease my pan). Make sure to push the mixture slightly up the sides. When you pour the dulce de leche on top you do not want it to touch the sides of the pan or it will burn and stick during baking.
- Bake at 325°F for about 20 minutes. Let cool completely.
- Pour dulce de leche into a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 20 second increments, stirring in between, until it is smooth enough to spread easily.
- Spread dulce de leche over shortbread layer evenly, making sure it does not touch the sides of the pan.
- Sprinkle salt evenly and lightly over dulce de leche.
- Prepare brownie batter according to package directions and pour evenly over the dulce de leche layer.
- Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes. Check for doneness on the brownie layer and bake a little longer if batter is not cooked in the middle.
- Let cool for at least an hour before cutting.