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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 January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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