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12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

Baking & Desserts

12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

Cakey or fudgy? Crunchy on the outside or gooey all over? Topped with pecans or doused with ice cream? No matter how you take your brownie, you'll be sure to find your perfect match (and maybe a new favourite!) in our roundup of the best brownie recipes.

If you're anything like us, your love for brownies goes back to your childhood and the hot, gooey homemade batch your mom would whip up. You couldn't wait for it to cool even a little before taking a forkful and would soon be begging for seconds. And then there were the sundae-topped brownies you'd order for dessert at your local restaurant. Complete with vanilla ice cream that melted down the sides of the brownie, whipped cream, chocolate fudge, and a cherry, this was dessert at its finest—or at least, child-approved finest. And so, it should come as no surprise that this classic comfort treat still remains one of our most beloved desserts today.

From the overload of chocolate to the gooey texture, there's plenty to love about brownies. But in case you need another reason, here it is: They're easy to make and easy to take to a decadent—or even more decadent—new level.

For those who favour fruit in their desserts, whip up a batch of brownies that boasts banana and coconut, chunks of cherry, or rhubarb and cream cheese. For the ones who like brownies extra sweet, load them up with chocolate chunks or toffee bits. Looking for an extra dose of flavour? Add plenty of peanuts, top them with caramel popcorn or add some Irish cream to the batter.

Flip through the slideshow for the top recipes, and get ready to discover a new beloved version of your favourite, classic treat.

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12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

Dark and Delicious Banana Coconut Brownies

Chopped banana chips and toasted coconut flakes make these dark, fudgy brownies extra special.

Get the recipe: Dark and Delicious Banana Coconut Brownies

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

The Best Chocolate Brownies

For your go-to brownie recipe, look no further than this classic version. Deck your batch out in your favourite toppings, or simply serve it with a dollop of whipped cream.

Get the recipe: The Best Chocolate Brownies

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

Triple-Chocolate Reindeer Bites

These holiday-ready brownie bites are loaded with chocolate—including milk, dark and white. For a cakey texture, bake for an additional 7–10 minutes.

Get the recipe: Triple-Chocolate Reindeer Bites

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

The Best Chocolate Toffee Brownies

The combination of rich dark chocolate and a sublte crunch from chopped toffee bars is what makes these the best brownies you'll ever make.

Get the recipe: The Best Chocolate Toffee Brownies

By: Annabelle Waugh and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

Super Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies

Sure to please every chocoholic, these brownies are so chocolaty that there's no need for icing.

Get the recipe: Super Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies 

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

Peanut Explosion Brownies

Crunchy peanuts, fudgy chocolate and a smooth ganache topping—what more could you ask for in a brownie?

Get the recipe: Peanut Explosion Brownies

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

Caramel Popcorn Brownie Bites

Brown butter icing adds a rich nuttiness to these brownies and enhances the buttered popcorn flavour of the topping.

Get the recipe: Caramel Popcorn Brownie Bites

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Sweet glacé cherries and vivid pink icing give these sumptuous brownies a nostalgic retro look.

Get the recipe: Cherry Chocolate Chunk Brownies

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

Chocolate Banana Brownies

These enticing squares blend the flavours of moist banana bread and cakey brownies.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Banana Brownies

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

Rhubarb Cream Cheese Brownies

A sweetened cream cheese swirl ties the unexpectedly delicious combination of chocolate and rhubarb together in these soft, chewy brownies.

Get the recipe: Rhubarb Cream Cheese Brownies 

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

Dark and Milk Chocolate Brownies

A double dose of chocolate—creamy milk and decadent dark—makes these moist brownies unbelievably gooey and indulgent.

Get the recipe: Dark and Milk Chocolate Brownies

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

12 of the best brownies you'll ever make

Irish Cream Brownie Bites

These little treats are topped with a rich Irish cream–flavoured ganache. 

Get the recipe: Irish Cream Brownie Bites

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

 

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