Fact: Every day can’t be blissful.
It’s just impossible. We all have rough times and down moments. Sometimes there’s a recognizable reason, but some days are just blue. Today is one of those days where I’d like to just go back to bed and just start again tomorrow. It can be difficult to snap out of a funk. I’ve learned that sometimes, you have to make your own bright side. And that can mean a million different things.
My go-to cure for a bad day is to get outside. Hiking under the majestic pines helps me regain perspective of the big picture. Breathe fresh air. Out with the bad- in with the good.
On some days, it helps to allow yourself happy indulgences. Fresh flowers. A glass of wine. A hot bubble bath. Ice cream in bed with a good book. (That happened.)
I pretend I’m tough, but when I drop that façade and allow people to care about me, I feel so much better. Love on someone- and let yourself be loved back.
Find something- anything– that makes you happy and SOAK IT IN.
And if all else fails, make these brownies.
Talk about indulgence. They’re extra fudgy with a thick swirl of decadent sweet cream cheese. The worst day can’t be that bad when there’s chocolate involved, right?
Let’s start there- with the chocolate. And BUTTER. Melt the two together on the stove until they are best friends, and then pour it into a bowl.
Add some sugar and give it a whirl with the mixer. Toss in a couple of eggs and mix it up until it’s smooth and perfect.
Add a little flour, more chocolate (cocoa powder), and a pinch of salt. Then, some vanilla and- why not? – MORE CHOCOLATE.
The amazingness is spread into a pan (lined with foil and greased). I guess you could stop right there, but feel-better brownies need cream cheese!
In a new bowl, beat cream cheese, an egg yolk, sugar, and a teensy bit of vanilla together until it’s fluffy and smooth. Drop big spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture right onto the chocolate brownie layer.
With a knife, swirl the cream cheese into the brownie layer. Be sure there’s a little bit of both in every part of the pan!
The brownies bake for at least 35 minutes. This is a good time to clean up. (And by “clean up,” I mean lick the bowls. And the beaters. And the knife.)
When the brownies are set in the center, let them cool completely. Then, pull them out of the pan carefully by the foil, and remove the foil before you cut them into very large pieces. These are feel-better brownies, after all.
Some people like the corner pieces- the crunchy crust on two sides.
Some people call dibs on the middle piece- the gooiest piece of all. Which is your favorite?
Regardless of which piece you choose, these brownies are naughty (in a good way). They’re over-the-top rich and creamy and chocolate-y. Whether it was bad or not, your day is about to get a whole lot better…at least while you’ve got a bite of a fudgy cream cheese brownie in your mouth.
A hike never tasted this good.
What’s your go-to feel-good recipe? Share with me!
Feel Better Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies (Beurrista blog)
For the brownie layer, you’ll need:
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- ½ cup flour
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup chocolate chips
For the cream cheese layer, you’ll need:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 large egg yolk
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
Line a 9-inch or 8-inch square pan with foil. Mist with non-stick spray or grease lightly. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and beat in the ⅔ cup sugar, then the eggs. Pour into a heat-safe bowl. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder and salt, then the vanilla and chocolate chips. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese, yolk, 5 tablespoons sugar and vanilla until smooth. Distribute the cream cheese mixture in dollops across the top of the brownie mixture, then take a dull knife or spatula and swirl the cream cheese mixture with the chocolate batter.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the batter in the center of the pan feels just set. Let cool, then lift out the foil and peel it away. Cut into huge squares and eat slowly. Feel better. YUM!
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Enjoy your hiking (beautiful pictures, as usual) and here’s to getting your groove back soon. Have a good week, Amber 🙂
Thanks, Jessy! Happy to see you back!!
It feels good to be back! We’ve got a plan, access to the ‘net and we’re ready to roll.
Where in Colorado, exactly?
Well for now, we are going to be visiting family in Rangely, then posting up at the family ranch outside of Meeker for hunting season. Why, will you be around?!
I just don’t even know where Meeker or Rangely are!
Head north on the Western Slope!
So exciting for you! More your speed, right?
Yes. We did the Missouri thing, now it’s time to go home 😉
I am a middle brownie kind of girl… it has to be the gooey center! I hope you’re feeling better again soon.
Nice! These are extra gooey!
We’re corner people over here. The problem is there are 5 of us and only 4 corners. These look like the perfect brownie. Think I’ll try them tonight- having a down kind of day myself. Hope your day is looking brighter.
I’m sorry to hear that! These will make you feel better. And then they will make you take a nap.
Amber, those look and sound delicious! I’m gonna have to save that recipe and save it for a “feel better” day. 🙂
They are… “pin” it, for sure! 🙂
Those look SO good, Amber. I see you’re reading the Steve Martin book! Let me know how it is!
I’m plowing through it! It’s as entertaining to read as he is to watch.
Yum! Your day looks quite familiar to my own operation restore balance/happiness days! Have a restful evening and here’s to tomorrow and all of its bliss-filled possibilities!!
PS: you got the owl mug…so sweet
I discovered it’s not even a mug- it’s a little cream pitcher or something. Which I now drink coffee out of. 🙂
Today was one of those days for me. It’s been one of those days coming for the past week, even month. My run outside on trails through the river bottom helped. These brownies might have finished the “make the day” better job. Baking always makes me feel back in control…when everything else is topsy-turvy, if I just follow the recipe it will all work out. With the bonus of baking to comfort eat with 🙂
I do find time in the kitchen to be therapeutic for me, as well! I hope your day/week/month takes a turn for the better.
Looks delicious! By the way fresh flowers and a glass of wine almost always cheer me up too!
Sometimes, a girl just has to buy herself flowers!