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10 Delectable Brownie Recipes

10 Delectable Brownie Recipes

If you’re not doing so already, think of your typical, run-of-the-mill brownie. Now, get that out of your mind, because the recipes that follow are anything but ordinary. While many of the following brownie recipes are a little more involved, most don’t require much more than mixing the ingredients together and throwing the batch in an oven. Each of these recipes packs a unique punch that will satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you wanting more.

Cheesecake Brownies

Forget about having to choose between cheesecake and brownies; this dessert gives you an excuse to have both. All you need is some brownie mix, sugar, an egg, and cream cheese, and you’re set! The most difficult part – besides not eating the entire pan – is layering the cheesecake mixture on top of the brownie mix. Don’t worry if you mess up; it’ll all end up in your stomach, anyway!

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Dirty Brownies

Okay, if you’ve already clicked on the link, you’ve seen the alternate name for these brownies. But this is a family-friendly website, so let’s go with “dirty.” Anyway, what makes these brownies so dirty is the fact that they’re layered with cookie dough and Oreos. Maybe you should put 911 on hold while you take the first bite…

Speedy Brownies

If you don’t have much time (or aren’t too much of a mastermind in the kitchen), check out this brownie recipe. All you really need to do is throw pretty much all of the ingredients into a bowl, mix it up, pour it into a pan, and bake it. When it comes out of the oven, sprinkle it with some chocolate chips, and you’re ready to eat!

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Peanut Butter Pudding Brownies

This one is for all the peanut butter-lovers out there. Using a few extra ingredients (vanilla pudding, peanut butter, and milk), you can create this delectable dessert that covers all the angles of your sweet tooth. The best part is the peanut butter pudding gets sandwiched between layers of frosting and brownie, so every bite will explode with creamy goodness.

Caramel Brownies

If peanut butter isn’t your thing, I imagine you could at least do with the ooey-gooeyness of caramel. Like with the peanut butter brownie, the caramel in this recipe is baked right into the middle of the brownie, and explodes out of every bite taken. The coup de grace for this recipe, of course, is the chopped nuts mixed throughout. Yum!

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Butterscotch Brownies

If chocolate really isn’t you’re thing, you probably aren’t reading this anyway so I’ll just say it: What’s wrong with you?! Just kidding. Anyway, these butterscotch brownies, also called “blondies,” are made with brown sugar and nuts, and contain no chocolate whatsoever. Which, if you’ve been sampling the others on this list, might be a good thing.

Double Chocolate Brownies

Let’s make up for that last entry, shall we? With added cocoa powder, these double chocolate brownies are completely made from scratch. But don’t worry, the recipe isn’t as complicated as some of the others on this list, even though store-bought brownie mix isn’t included. These brownies include no frills, just chocolate. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Chocolate Dipped Brownies

This brownie recipe takes homemade to a whole other level, adding customization to the final piece of the puzzle. Once you make the actual brownies, you’ll coat them in melted chocolate. Before you let it set, you can add whatever you like – sprinkles, nuts, chocolate chips, and more – to the outer shell of your chocolate treat. Though a little more involved, this last step is a great way to get your kids involved in cooking.

Hazelnut-Brown-Butter Brownies

For this recipe you’ll be preparing the hazelnuts separately, so make sure you have a little extra time on your hands. Once you get that done, the rest is fairly straightforward. The one glaring difference you’ll notice is the addition of coffee to the recipe. This will give your brownies that strong, toasted flavoring you get out of a cup o’ joe in the morning. Though you probably shouldn’t start your day with these…

Red Velvet Brownies

I’d be completely remiss in my duties if I didn’t include a recipe for red velvet brownies. For a smooth, moist treat that looks as good as it tastes, challenge yourself to create this dessert full of flavorful cream cheese and chocolate. Just make sure you have a glass of milk nearby!

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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