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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
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It should be easy, but sometimes finding a gift within a certain price range that is still thoughtful can be difficult. Let us help.
Finding the perfect Secret Santa gift is more difficult than it seems. First, if you're buying for someone specific, you want to gift to be thoughtful—but that can be difficult if you only have a limited budget. And that's the thing about the budget—you need the gift to be less than, but close to, your budget (whether it's self-imposed or part of a larger secret santa mandate). Plus, sometimes you don't know who your secret Santa is! And shopping for a mystery person means you need to get something that will appeal to pretty much everyone.
Got it straight? No? Don't worry. We've compiled some of our favourite gifts to give that fit into your Secret Santa budget—whether it's $5 or $30.
Gifting beauty is always a good idea if you ask us. These face masks are inexpensive so feel free to pick up a few.
Patches are a great way to personalize your style—but they're also creative and compact expressions of art.
This item combines two of our favourite things—the Toronto Blue Jays and lapel pins! Not a sports fan? Luckily there are plenty of lapel pin options to make sure you find the right one for your giftee.
We know not everyone is a fan of slippers—but these ones are so cozy and a steal at $15!
Colouring books have shown to relieve stress and help people meditate—they're also super fun!
Having a hand cream in your bag all winter long is necessary to avoid dry, cracked hands. A practical gift has never been so indulgent!
Cloth napkins are a much more environmentally-friendly pick than their paper alternatives—and super chic around the holidays.
Give the gift of a cozy home. We especially love this limited edition scent from Canadian brand Province Apothecary.
Everyone loves a scented candle—especially a rich, warm scent that makes staying in that much better.
A calendar for the new year is something we always forget to pick up in December. Make sure to find one that suits your giftee's personality.
Having a notebook on hand is a requirement for many people. This fun pack is Pantone-coded!
It's a problem if you don't have a hat come December. The Drake General Store wants you to wear your provincial pride on your head with these colourful picks.
Warm up to a steaming, fragrant bowl of slow-simmered stew within minutes of stepping through your front door thanks to these five slow cooker stews.
Tangy stuffed olives, fragrant fennel and an herbaceous topping brighten the flavours of this easy chicken stew. Serve over basmati rice to soak up the savoury sauce.
Pancetta, like bacon, is made from cured pork belly. The difference between the two is that pancetta is not generally smoked, giving it a stronger pork flavour. Use thicker pancetta—you can often buy it prechopped—for this stew rather than the thinly sliced variety.
This richly spiced chicken stew has just a touch of sweetness from dried apricots and honey, resulting in a perfectly balanced dish that requires little effort to prepare.
Switch up your usual beef stew with this Asian-inspired version. Five-spice powder, which is an intensely flavourful blend of Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, cloves, cinnamon and fennel, lends the stew a mix of warm, sweet and savoury notes.
Cooking molasses boasts a more robust and less sweet taste than the fancy variety, which gives this hearty stew a rich, full-bodied flavour. Whisking in a bit of flour at the end thickens the sauce, making this the ultimate satisfying stick-to-your-ribs meal.
Kick-off the festivities with these recipes for crowd-pleasing apps.
These sweet-tangy pastries are ideal for easy holiday entertaining.
Get the recipe: Apple and Canadian Blue Cheese Tartlets with Icewine Glaze
While the dip is cooling, slice up a fresh baguette and some crudités for dipping.
Get the recipe: Bubbly Bacon and Butternut Dip
We're bringing back the cheese ball with these bite-size versions of the retro party snack.
Get the recipe: Mini Cheese Balls
This baked one-pan version of rösti is our secret to feeding a crowd without spending the evening in front of the stove.
Get the recipe: Crispy Salmon-Topped Rösti Squares
Serve these bite-size fresh mozzarella balls with toasted baguette slices.
Get the recipe: Lemon Pepper Bocconcini
Store-bought pickled beets make a super quick and tasty garnish.
Get the recipe: Smoked Cheddar Pancakes with Pickled Beets
It doesn't get more retro than cheese fondue, and this twist on the classic Swiss recipe offers a hit of Calvados at the end.
Get the recipe: Beer and Cheese Fondue Dip
Topped with crispy golden panko bread crumbs, these jalapeños are full of satisfying spicy flavour.
Get the recipe: Crispy Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeños
These cute individual-size pies are delicious served either hot, as an elegant starter with a salad, or cold, eaten out of hand with a little HP sauce.
Get the recipe: Mini Leek and Bacon Pies
Serve these veggie patties warm or at room temperature with a dollop of sour cream or our Chunky Applesauce.
Get the recipe: Mini Potato Zucchini Latkes
Sausage rolls are a sure hit at cocktail parties.
Get the recipe: Sausage Rolls with Honey Mustard Dip
With a perfect balance of creamy, spicy, sweet and savoury, we guarantee there will be no leftovers.
Get the recipe: Savoury Cheddar Cheesecake Spread
Serve this rich, creamy spread at room temperature with crackers or toast points.
Get the recipe: Wild Mushroom Pâté
Bring a little bit of Asian flair to the dinner table with this elegant recipe for spring rolls.
Get the recipe: Shrimp Spring Rolls and Yin Yang Marinated Vegetables
Move over, plain old french fries! Try an array of root vegetables served with our Chive Mayo dip.
Get the recipe: Rainbow Root Fries with Chive Mayo
Everyone will be reaching for these tasty sliders.
Get the recipe: Lazy Cheeseburger Sliders