Therapy Brownies

by Erin

They say you shouldn’t eat your feelings, but these therapy brownies work some magic. Rich, fudgy, and packed with white chocolate chips and cashews.

Muddy's Therapy Brownies.
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Awhile ago I saw a post by Muddy’s with a picture of their Therapy Brownie which lead me to ask, “what makes it therapy other than being a delicious dessert?” Apparently it’s the genius addition of white chocolate and cashews! Although I have yet to try one for myself (because for some reason I only think of going there when they are closed Sun/Mon), I decided to whip up a version of what I imagine they would be like.

I used the recipe for The Baked Brownie, but omitted the espresso powder. Mostly because I don’t like coffee flavorings but also because I couldn’t find any in the store. And to the original recipe I just added white chocolate chips and cashews.

White Chocolate Cashew Therapy Brownie.

I cannot believe I never thought of adding white chocolate and cashews to a brownie before! The end result was the best freaking brownie I have had in a long time. It was thick, chewy and fudgy but not too dense and also had a flaky top. In other words it was my idea of perfection.

If you don’t like nuts or other foreign bodies in your brownies, you seriously need to at least try the base for these brownies. It is my new favorite brownie recipe!

Therapy Brownies.

Post updated 8/23/22, photo above is the original.

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Muddy's Therapy Brownies


Yield: 2 dozen Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 11 oz. dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder (optional)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup cashew pieces and halves


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the sides and bottom of a 9x13-inch glass or light-colored baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper and grease the parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and cocoa powder together. Set aside.
  3. Put the chocolate, butter and instant espresso powder (if using) in a large bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water and add the sugars. Whisk until completely combined, then remove the bowl from the pan. Let cool to room temperature.
  4. Add 3 eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla and stir until combined*.
  5. Sprinkle the flour mixture, white chocolate chips, and cashews over the chocolate mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs sticking to it. Let the brownies cool completely, then lift them out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares and serve.


*Do not overbeat the batter at this stage or your brownies will be cakey.

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Source: Inspired by Muddy’s Bake Shop Therapy Brownie. Adapted slightly from Brown Eyed Baker, originally from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking.

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Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) June 11, 2013 - 7:27 am

Wow, these brownies mean business!! They look incredibly gluttonous but so so worth it. I need to start making brownies, that’s one thing I never seem to get to!

Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen June 8, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Brownies are my favorite thing EVER :)

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 8, 2013 - 1:06 am

I’m totally on board with this type of therapy :)

Liz June 7, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Whoa, these sound fantastic. I think the cashew is my favorite nut…and I’m now wondering why I haven’t added them to brownies yet, as well!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) June 7, 2013 - 9:52 am

Ahhhh the Baked Brownie has been on my list for awhile-but the espresso powder has kept them getting pushed off. Maybe now I’ll try without it!

Anna June 7, 2013 - 8:08 am

I need therapy and I need these brownies.

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 7, 2013 - 8:04 am

These brownies are my kind of therapy! Love the idea of adding cashews to brownies!

M&K June 7, 2013 - 12:01 am

Yum! Really craving brownies now. Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at

Vicki @ WITK June 6, 2013 - 5:28 pm

I could totally use some therapy brownies :). Yums!

Mr. & Mrs. P June 6, 2013 - 3:13 pm

We agree with Tonia.. Our kind of therapy!! YUm!

Tonia@thegunnysack June 6, 2013 - 10:42 am

Now that is my kind of therapy! :)

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray June 6, 2013 - 9:55 am

Whoa, five eggs! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a brownie recipe with that many. Maybe that’s why they’re so dense and fudgy (I mean, aside from the 11 oz. of chocolate…).

spiffycookie June 6, 2013 - 9:59 am

I know! Totally surprised me and I had to go buy more eggs haha.

Heather @ Snookie's Cakes June 6, 2013 - 7:47 am

Cashews and white chocolate! Yum.

steph@stephsbitebybite June 6, 2013 - 7:15 am

I think I need therapy everyday now, if it means I get a brownie!

spiffycookie June 6, 2013 - 7:30 am

Haha I totally agree!


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