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Test Kitchen Debate - Brownies: Frosted or Unfrosted

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Test Kitchen Debate - Brownies: Frosted or Unfrosted

Ahhh...chocolate brownies...swoon... I don't know a single person who doesn't like chocolate brownies. Those square shaped treats are a delightful cross between cake and cookie and can lean towards the fudgy and dense or light and cakey. Of course the age old debate is frosted or unfrosted (nuts or no nuts is a whole other conversation). As you can image, we have strong feelings on the subject here in the Test Kitchen, so I took a poll to see who is in which camp. The-Best-Chocolate-Toffee-Brownie Drum roll please........ Unfrosted is the clear winner! Unfosted got 5 votes, Frosted got 1 vote and 1 person was Undecided. Food Specialist Jennifer Bartoli was the lone frosted vote. She said she likes frosted brownies when someone else is making them, but if she was making, they would be unfrosted. Food Specialist Irene Fong was undecided. She said "If there was a choice between frosted and unfrosted brownies, I would have one of each since I wouldn't be able to choose." Senior Food Specialist Rheanna Kish had a good point though. She prefers unfrosted brownies, but could be swayed with a drizzle of melted bittersweet chocolate on top. Generally, our thinking was if the brownie was more fudgy and dense, no frosting is required. But when the brownie is cakey, a little frosting makes it just like eating a small piece of chocolate cake, which is never bad. Our favourite fudgy brownie is The Best Chocolate Toffee Brownies above. They are moist and dense with hits of toffee from the candy bars. We also like this version without toffee, and if you are looking for a Peanut Butter Brownie, try these swirled ones. For cakey brownies, we are big fans of the Chocolate Bar Brownies, with the ganache frosting with chocolate bar pieces on top. You also can't go wrong with a peanut butter frosting or these German Chocolate Brownies (below) with their thick frosting of coconut and pecans that brings the classical cake down to a bite-sized treat. german-chocolate-brownies   For something a little different, try these red velvet brownies with cream cheese frosting. The love-birds on top make them super cute! And if you want a brownie with just a hint of frosting, try these Tartan Brownies with their cream cheese drizzle. Of course, we also have a super fudgy gluten-free option that will not disappoint. Tell me: Do you prefer frosted or unfrosted brownies?   Photography by Jeff Coulson (top), Ryan Szulc (bottom).
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