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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.
Chopped banana chips and toasted coconut flakes make these dark, fudgy brownies extra special.
Get the recipe: Dark and Delicious Banana Coconut 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
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
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
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
Crunchy peanuts, fudgy chocolate and a smooth ganache topping—what more could you ask for in a brownie?
Get the recipe: Peanut Explosion Brownies
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
Sweet glacé cherries and vivid pink icing give these sumptuous brownies a nostalgic retro look.
Get the recipe: Cherry Chocolate Chunk Brownies
These enticing squares blend the flavours of moist banana bread and cakey brownies.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Banana 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
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
These little treats are topped with a rich Irish cream–flavoured ganache.
Get the recipe: Irish Cream Brownie Bites
It's the most wonderful time of the year — not to mention the cutest. Here are my top picks for the back-to-school season.
I love the back-to-school season, not only because it means a return to routine and some semblance of order (if you can call it that), but I always get a kick out of shopping for the latest and greatest kids' items. (Because it's not just the most wonderful time of the year for parents, it's also the cutest.)
Here are my top kids' must-haves for the season, as presented on Global TV Vancouver:
1. A Great Backpack
Look for something durable with a heavy-weight, washable fabric that will last for the whole year, if not longer. If your kids are like mine, they'll drag, pull and throw their backpack, so look for one made with quality materials that won't rip or tear easily.
Also, aim for something that has just enough pockets for water bottles and homework, but not too many: the more pockets you have, the more chance of having something (like homework or permission slips) get lost.
Shark Backpack, $49.95. Available at www.gapcanada.ca.
Parkland Bayside Backpack in Little Critter, $39.95. Available at www.Indigo.ca.
2. Fun Pencil Cases
Every parent who has ever had a marker explode in a backpack knows the importance of a good pencil case. Look for something solid and washable, so if something does get messy, it can contain the mess and be easy to clean.
Jelly Pencil Cases, $4. Available at Walmart.
3. Bento Box It
You don't have to make bento-perfect creations for your kids' lunches; this mini Bento Box is just as fun even if it's packed with regular old sandwiches and fruit! I love this particular kit because it's freezable, dishwasher safe and BPA-free. Plus, it comes with a little customizable window, so you can switch up your kids' lunch with a special message or one of the cute character discs it comes with.
MonBentor Tresor in Blueberry, $29.95. Available at www.Indigo.ca.
4. An Alarm Clock
Part of making your life easier in the mornings is teaching your kids to take care of themselves. Not only does this alarm clock help them get out of bed in the morning, but it also teaches them about time and punctuality, and empowers them to be on time.
Onaroo Teach Me Time Clock and Nightlight, $65. Available at www.amazon.ca.
5. A Great Organizer... for Grown Ups
My husband and I have been using the Picniic App, which enables us to share one calendar and all our kids' information (from health details to contacts to birthdays) in one place. It features a meal planner for getting ahead of weeknight dinners, and syncs to your work calendar to boot.
Picniic App, Free. Available at iTunes.
6. A Great Calendar... for Kids
Kids like to know what's going on in their lives, too. Rather than just telling them, let them feel engaged with their schedule with an activity calendar. They can fill in their activities, birthdays and play dates and see just when they're happening. This also helps them plan in advance—if they know they have swimming class the next day, they'll know to get their swimsuit ready—which helps with keeping everyone organized, and getting them out the door faster.
The Kids Awesome Activity Calendar, $18. Available at www.mastermindtoys.com.
What are your favourite back-to-school must-haves? Let me know on Twitter @jeswatson or at @CanadianLiving, or the Canadian Living Facebook page!
Save some money this season with easily accessible, moisture-retaining products for when that cold wind bites—all under $20.
Winter’s icy grip has set in, and the crisp weather calls for a new extra nourishing beauty routine. It's a fact that rough and dry skin longs for moisture when blizzards roll in and jacked up thermostats wreak havoc. The skin-care struggle is real. We can share our best ways to curb dry winter skin and tell you how to boost moisture, but you'll also need the beauty products to help see you through to warmer weather.
We know surviving sub-zero temperatures is hard enough—your pocket shouldn’t have to take a hit as well. The good news is, it doesn't have to. All of these beauty products can be purchased at your local drugstore and for under $20, leaving you with more spending money for a peppermint mocha on your way home.
This cult-classic beauty aid has the power to withstand Arctic climates. Slather on the all-natural product—with pansy, chamomile and calendula extracts— anywhere you need it: think dry patches, cuticles and rough elbows. $19, well.ca.
It's a beauty myth that exfoliating your skin will leave you more dry and dehydrated. The fact is, it helps shed dead skin and leaves your face primed to absorb your moisturizing products. Try these pads soaked in glycolic acid. They're less abrasive than a mechanical exfoliant such as beads or scrubs. $15, well.ca.
Even if you have oily skin, winter is time to replace your oil-free gel or clay cleanser in favour of milks or balms. This balm cleanser replenishes lost moisture through glycerin and cocoa butter while still erasing all traces of makeup and grime. $10, beautyboutique.ca.
When your skin is red, parched and in desperation for some heavy-duty TLC, that’s when you send in the face masks. In 15 minutes, this hyaluronic acid-infused facial sheet mask will prevent dullness and provide 24 hours of moisture retention. $18, indeedlabs.com.
Right now, summer feels like a distant dream—but your skin could still use a touch of (faux) summer glow. This foundation gives a dose of gradual self-tanner, providing buildable coverage when on, and a healthy bronze once you rinse it off. $18, almay.com.
Plenty of body washes can leave you dehydrated by the time you step out of the shower. This one does helps lock-in moisture post-shower with argan oil. $5.50, walmart.ca.
If body oil isn’t your thing, nourishing body butter is the skin fix you need. Whipped with shea and cocoa butter—both hailed for their moisturizing properties—there will be no dry skin ‘round these parts. $12, beautyboutique.ca.
This is a lifesaver. Coconut oil is an amazingly cost-effective way to help your body soak up all the moisture it needs. Since it can get greasy, slather it on overnight and wake up with supple skin (try your hair, as well). Added bonus: the scent will leave you smelling of the beach. $14, walmart.ca.
Nothing is worse than checking yourself in the mirror and realizing your lipstick is dray and cracked—and your lips are no better. Be preemptive and exfoliate before you leave the house using this E.L.F. stick made with sugar crystals that aren’t overly abrasive. $4, elfcosmetics.com.
"I don’t want velvety soft, moisturized hands for under $7,"—said no one ever! This cult classic is super-concentrated with glycerin, is fragrance-free and has the stamp of approval from the National Eczema Association. $7, well.ca.
Is everyone in the office—or your children’s school—getting sick? Spritz this anti-bacterial spray without fear of catching whatever bug is going around. Bonus: the added lavender oil prevents your hands from drying out. $7.50, drbronner.com.
Coming in an array of shades, this lip balm will give you that just-bitten winter colour we all strive for—while still keeping your pout moisturized and flake-free. $6, walmart.ca.
The sniffles, watery eyes, snowflakes that stay on your nose and eyelashes–all of these contribute to smudged makeup and raccoon eyes. To keep you looking doe-eyed all day long, switch over to one of our favourite waterproof mascaras. $10, well.ca.