Until recently, if you wanted to snag a box of decadent gourmet blondies from Blondery, you had to get on their ten-thousand-strong wait-list. The bite-size confections have graced the pages of The New York Times, Cosmo, Eater, and Forbes, and filled the menus and swag bags at A-list functions hosted by the likes of Netflix, Spotify, and other powerhouse conglomerates. Now, you can get them in Peekskill too!
Originally opened in Brooklyn in 2016 as a cloud bakery that shipped nationwide, Blondery is the baked brainchild of professional pastry chef Auzerais Bellamy, formerly of NYC’s Bouchon Bakery. The new location, on Peekskill’s Main Street, provides ample kitchen space for the thriving online business, as well as the brand’s first retail storefront, where guests can score fresh-baked core flavors — salted caramel pecan, cinnamon sugar, birthday cake, and gluten-free Brooklyn blackout — alongside a few experimental and seasonal endeavors, like gold-leafed red velvet, strawberry rosé, and plant-based sweet potato. All feature natural ingredients, with vegan and gluten-free options available.
Also on the menu are two sizes of cake jars, blondie-trim blind bags — the no-waste edges from cutting huge sheets of blondies, with one surprise flavor per bag — crunchy, pumpkin-based dog treats that pooches absolutely gobble up, and even virtual private baking experiences with the chef.
“My goal with Blondery is to provide a safe space for women and people who are notoriously marginalized in the restaurant community to create,” says Bellamy, touting it as a launchpad for them to maybe go into fine dining one day. “My own experience wasn’t always nurturing for me as a Black woman. My goal is to get as many Brown faces in here as possible. Representation matters. It means something extra-special to me, not having seen a lot of that coming up.”
To coincide with the shop’s opening, Bellamy also launched Peekskill Cookie Company for those looking to stop in or DoorDash some truly impressive cookies along with their blondies. These, however, will never ship nationwide and remain a local exclusive. “I never think a cookie should be eaten after 24 hours,” Bellamy says.
Bellamy hopes to eventually include a menu of flavored dairy-free milks, cocoa, and bubble teas to pair with your snacks.
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