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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 November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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