If you don’t have a skillet, you can use a 10″ cake pan (photo © Wisconsin Cheese).
 Oreos are the largest brand of chocolate sandwich cookies (photo © Tijtan Adrndarski | Unsplash).
 Mascarpone originated during the Middle Ages in Lombardy, a region in northern Italy. It has a looser, more velvety texture and a richer mouthfeel than cream cheese. Cream cheese was created in the U.S. in 1872: a happy accident (photo © Vermont Creamery).
 King Arthur Fudge Brownie Mix is available in traditional and gluten free (photo © King Arthur Baking).
August is National Brownies At Brunch Month. As August comes to a close, we made two different recipes this past weekend: for Saturday brunch and Sunday brunch, of course! The Cookies & Cream Skillet Brownies. While they’re called skillet brownies, they’re made in the oven. The reference likely comes from times past: Before all kitchens had cake pans, they still had skillets.
You can use a box of brownie mix, or make your own recipe from scratch. Two of the boxed mixes we like are:
Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix
King Arthur Baking Company Brownie Mix
A combination of cream cheese and mascarpone makes this recipe delightfully rich.
But to gild the lily, use the brownies as a base for a hot fudge sundae. Top a slice with hot fudge, whipped cream and sliced strawberries.
Thanks to Wisconsin Cheese for the recipe. Wisconsin is America’s second-largest cheese producing state, after California.
1 box (18.3 ounces) fudge brownie mix (+ egg(s) + milk and melted butter substituted for the water and oil)
1 container (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese
1/2 package (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg (in addition to the egg used with the box mix)
16 chocolate sandwich cookies, divided
Optional toppings: whipped cream, vanilla ice cream
RECIPE: COOKIES & CREAM SKILLET BROWNIES
1. HEAT the oven to 350°F. Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions; add the egg(s) to the brownie mix and substitute milk for water and melted butter for the oil.
2. BEAT the mascarpone, cream cheese, sugar and egg in a large bowl until blended. Crush 10 cookies into crumbs; fold into the mascarpone mixture.
3. POUR two-thirds of the brownie batter into a greased 10-inch ovenproof or cast-iron skillet; dot with the mascarpone mixture. Spread the remaining batter over top.
4. BAKE for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the remaining cookies into pieces; sprinkle over top. Bake for 10-15 minutes longer or until center is just set. (Take care not to over-bake.) Cool in the skillet or pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with toppings as desired.
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