Every now and again, we all need a little kitchen therapy. For those of you who are unaware, the phrase “kitchen therapy” generally refers to spending your cloudy afternoon off, in the kitchen making buttery yumyums that you really don’t need instead of doing other productive things that you actually probably do need done, while listening to Frank Sinatra. Yeah, that’s how most experts would define it.
There’s something about losing yourself in a semi-mindless flow of blending sugar, butter, and other magical elements into gooey goodness, while wrapped in oven warmth and the sweet scents of your labor that is delightfully therapeutic. Regardless of your culinary skill level, I highly recommend you do this on a regular basis. Healing and way tastier than a spa, these super simple blondies are a perfect remedy .
I found an ultra easy recipe for basic blondies via Smitten Kitchen ( an amazing blog you’re gonna wanna check out while enjoying your blondies…http://smittenkitchen.com/). 1 bowl, 6 ingredients, 25 minutes, and you have yourself a pallet for creative cravings. My blondies demanded a rich coat of chocolate, laced with caramel and studded with nuts. I’m a doting mother, how could I deny them?
I went with Willy Wonka milk chocolate squares. If by chance you follow my example, you need to switch the Sinatra and listen to Pure Imagination as you chop chocolate. Gene Wilder version first, followed by the Maroon Five cover. I was extremely grateful to be home alone at this point, because this process kinda makes you feel like an enchanted little kitchen fairy. That could just be me. So embarrasing…but magical.
Melty melty. Sometimes, I sincerely want to legally change my name to Charlie and find a way to move in with Willy Wonka. The new, weird Johnny Depp version. Charlie is a unisex name, it could totally happen.
I could have easily devoured this entire pan (hush now, it’s only an 8×8) and pretended this whole healing journey never occurred, but I specifically wanted to make them for a certain group of ladies I gather with on Wednesdays.
They’re some pretty amazing and inspirational young ladies. Well, except when half of them decide to be total dweebs and bail on our hump-day ho-down!!
PS we don’t actually square dance or anything, I’m just a big fan of alliteration.
Whatevs, the three of us who aren’t failures at life had fun..despite how it may appear. Plus I discovered a hilarious new show called Modern Family. It’s not actually new, I’m just behind as usual. Boo.
Humpdays filled with kitchen therapy, diet destroyers, and Some of my fav ladies completely posses my heart.
Peanut Turtle Blondies
adapted from Smitten Kitchen
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chopped milk chocolate pieces + 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/3 cup prepared caramel sauce (I used homemade, but store-bought will work perfectly fine)
- 1/2 cup salted peanuts, finely chopped
Butter an 8×8 pan
Mix melted butter sugar- beat until smooth. Beat in egg and then vanilla.
Add salt, stir in flour.
Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350°F 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle.
While the blondies cool, melt 1 Tbsp butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add in chocolate and allow to melt, stirring constantly. Be careful, as chocolate burns easily.
Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the top of the cooled blondies. Top with the chopped peanuts.
Evenly drizzle the caramel sauce over top. Cut and serve.