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15 Oreo Recipes to Satisfy Your Cookie Cravings

Love cookies and cream? Check out some of our favorite Oreo desserts. You’ll want a glass of milk with these tasty treats!

1. Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert

The desserts of my dreams have both chocolate and peanut butter. So, when I came up with this rich treat, it quickly became my all-time favorite. It’s a cinch to whip together because it doesn’t require any baking. —Debbie Price, LaRue, Ohio >> Get the recipe.

2. Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars

We’re all so busy and pressed for time that I find myself creating recipes that are generally fast to prepare, proving that you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to obtain fabulous results. Here’s a favorite of mine that combines crunchy M&M’s and gooey chocolate all nestled into a flavorful blondie.—Averie Sunshine, San Diego, California www.averiecooks.com >> Get the recipe.

3. Cookies-and-Cream Cake

If you like cookies-and-cream ice cream, you’ll love this cake. Chocolate sandwich cookies are mixed into the batter and pressed into the sweet and creamy frosting for a fun look. —Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas >> Get the recipe. 

4. Holiday Sandwich Cookies

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5. Triple Layer Mud Pie

What to do with leftover sweetened condensed milk: Store leftover sweetened condensed milk in tightly covered container in refrigerator up to 1 week. Serve over cup-up fruit or hot cooked oatmeal. Or for extra flavor, stir into cup of hot brewed coffee or tea instead of regular milk >> Get the recipe.

 

6. Frozen Chocolate Cheesecake Tart

I first made this irresistible dessert for some dinner guests. They were overwhelmed by it’s rich flavor and appearance. My husband commented that it was the best dessert he had ever eaten in his whole life. —Heather Bennett, Dunbar, West Virginia >> Get the recipe.

 

7. Cookies N Cream Brownies

You won’t want to frost these brownies, since the marbled top is too pretty to cover up. Besides, the tasty cream cheese layer makes them taste like they’re already frosted. The crushed cookies add extra chocolate flavor and a fun crunch. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon >> Get the recipe.

 

8. Dirt Dessert

Perhaps “Down and Dirty Dessert” would be a better name for this delicious concoction from Kristi Linton of Bay City, Michigan, because you’re going to want to put a spoon in each hand and go to town! It’s just that good! >> Get the recipe.

 

9. Cookies ‘n’ Cream Fudge

I invented this confection for a bake sale at our children’s school. Boy, was it a hit! The crunchy chunks of sandwich cookie soften a bit as the mixture mellows. It’s so sweet that one panful serves a crowd. —Laura Lane, Richmond, Virginia >> Get the recipe.

 

10. Quadruple Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Of all the recipes in my repertoire, I knew my Quadruple Chocolate Chunk Cookies would have the best shot of winning. But really, when your cookies feature Oreos, candy bars and all the other goodies that go into a sweet treat, you’re nearly guaranteed to turn out a winner. —Jeff King, Duluth, Minnesota >> Get the recipe.

11. Frozen Ice Cream Delight

This recipe is a refreshing summer treat that dates back to before “fast food” ice cream. It’s also handy—you can make it days ahead of time. —Susan J. Bracken, Apex, North Carolina >> Get the recipe.

 

12. Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Cheesecake

This is great for parties because it is popular with all ages and can be made in advance. People really go wild when this is served as part of a dessert buffet. It’s usually the first to go! —Lisa Varner, Charleston, South Carolina >> Get the recipe.

 

13. Ice Cream Cookie Dessert

Our family loves dessert, and this chocolaty, layered treat is one of Mom’s most-requested recipes. It’s so easy to prepare! —Kimberly Laabs, Hartford, Wisconsin >> Get the recipe.

 

14. Not Your Mama’s Seven Layer Bars

The addition of dulce de leche makes this a decadent new take on traditional seven-layer bars. You can cut this recipe in half and make it in an 8×8-in. pan. —Andrea Barlow, Hot Springs, Arkansas >> Get the recipe.

15. Chocolate Mint Delight

Sweeten your seasonal menu in just 15 minutes with velvety chocolate pudding, crushed sandwich cookies, peppermint candies and a dollop of whipped cream. Yum! —Jean Ann Perkins, Newburyport, Maryland >> Get the recipe.
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6 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Olive Garden

Olive Garden is one of the most popular chain restaurants in the United States, with slews of tasty recipes (get our copycats here!). Behind this family-friendly Italian chain are some fun and quirky facts even its most frequent customers might not know. Read on to find out how many breadsticks are actually baked each year, plus other crazy things—like an Olive Garden trip to Italy for just a couple hundred dollars.

1. The Chefs Bake as Many as 700 Million Breadsticks Each Year

That’s about three breadsticks per customer. Investors in Olive Garden’s parent company, Darden, weren’t too happy about this, saying one breadstick per customer was enough. They estimated that cutting back on breadsticks would save the company about $5 million (and at 140 calories per stick, it would cut nearly 3.3 billion calories). As a result, customers only receive additional breadsticks if they ask—but who wouldn’t ask?

2. Olive Garden Has a Secret Menu

“Secret menu” is a loose term, but the chefs at Olive Garden are pretty laid-back—if a seasonal item you love is no longer on the menu, they’ll usually make it for you if they have the ingredients. Plus, while their zeppoli dessert is typically served with chocolate sauce, some locations have other sauce options, like raspberry, which they might forget to mention unless you ask.

3. Famous People Eat at Olive Garden, Too

In 2013, Shia LaBeouf was spotted leaving the Olive Garden in New York City with his then-girlfriend, Mia Goth. In 2015, Katy Perry celebrated her 31st birthday at the popular restaurant—and even Instagrammed it to show her appreciation for the chain. Plus, rumor has it that professional football player Robert Griffin III dines there, too—he’s even signed some autographs in the parking lot.

4. You Can Get Unlimited Never-ending Pasta for Just $100

Olive Garden runs a promotion each year called the Never Ending Pasta Pass, which allows customers to eat as much pastaas they want during an eight-week period for just $100. It was reported that one man ate more than $1,500 worth of pasta with his $100 pass. The catch? Only a relative few are up for grabs; this year, it was 22,000. If you want the pass, be quick, because they typically sell out online in less than one second. Really.

5. Olive Garden Offers a Trip to Italy for $200

Yes, you read that right. In addition to the Pasta Pass, Olive Garden offers an eight-day trip to Italy for a few lucky customers (plus one guest each) with its Pasta Passport. Hotel, airfare, transportation and three meals per day are included, plus tours of various parts of the country. If you thought the 22,000 pasta passes sold out quickly, get this: Each year, Olive Garden puts just 50 Pasta Passports up for sale.

6. Jimmy Fallon Now Owns an Olive Garden Tagline

Remember the line, “When you’re here, you’re family,” from the last two seconds of old Olive Garden commercials? Well, now it belongs to Jimmy Fallon. Olive Garden dropped the catchy tagline in 2012 for a new ad campaign, and when Jimmy Fallon heard the news, he asked if he could have the phrase. Olive Garden President Dave George appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show to sign over the rights on-air.

This Italian-American favorite clearly offers more than just bottomless breadsticks. Next time, we’re asking for more breadsticks…and raspberry sauce.