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Zingerman’s Brownie Clone (Magic Brownies)

by on April 23, 2008 · 10 comments

This recipe was recommended to me (over and over and over again) by Randi. Randi put dulce de leche in them and called them Buenos Aires brownies, but I prefer leaving them as is. What’s great about this recipe and why I put it under the Top 5 “Bake Sale” recipes is the brownies are fairly sturdy and you can wrap them individually.

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Zingerman's Brownie Clone
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Brownies like the ones from Zingerman's in Michigan
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
  • 13 tablespoons (190 grams) unsalted butter
  • 6.5 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour or 1 1/3 cups all purpose (6 oz/180 grams)**
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar (380 grams)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup coarse chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 13×9 inch metal pan with foil. Grease the bottom only.
  2. In a heavy small saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. When halfway melted, reduce heat to low and add chocolate; stir until melted and smooth. Set aside.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt onto a sheet of paper or into a bowl.
  4. Beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed for 5 minutes or until light yellow and fluffy, scraping side of the bowl occasionally. Add warm chocolate mixture and vanilla to egg mixture. Beat on low speed until combined. Add flour mixture; beat on low speed or stir by hand until combined, scraping sides of bowl. Stir in nuts (if using)
  5. Spread batter in pan. Bake 30 minutes or until brownies appear set. Cool in pan on wire rack; cut into bars.
  6. To freeze, let cool completely, wrap tightly in foil without cutting. Freeze until needed.


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Published on April 23, 2008

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

VeggieGirl April 23, 2008 at 9:09 am

Those brownies look quite decadent – yum!!

Stay positive, Anna!! :0)

Sarah April 23, 2008 at 9:20 am

Dulce de leche in brownies…yum!! It must be a brownie kind of day, since I posted about brownies today too! :)

Randi April 23, 2008 at 11:37 am

I can be very persistant eh?

I really, really hope you like them since I’ve talked them up so much. I used callebaut when I made them the first time, but at work I used baker’s unsweetened. People still loved them.

Anonymous April 23, 2008 at 12:20 pm

So why are they called magic brownies?

I just pulled out an old Cooking Light and found an article on bake sale goodies. Here are some of the more promising –

Stacey April 23, 2008 at 1:07 pm

If you were to use dulce de leche to swirl in, do you just buy a jar of it, or, where do you get this or make this?

Randi April 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm

I bought a jar of the dulce. Our store brand(Presidents Choice) is really excellent and its from Argentina. The best part is its only 2.99 a jar.

Kalyn April 23, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Saying the pledge over the school intercom is a big deal! My students would give anything to do that. We say the “peacebuilder’s pledge” after the pledge of allegiance:

I am a peacebuilder. I pledge
-to praise people
-to give up putdowns
-to seek wise people
-to notice and speak up about hurts I have cause
-to right wrongs
-to help others

I will build peace at school, at home, and in my community each day.

I think it’s actually pretty effective at reminding them about those things.

Anna April 23, 2008 at 8:23 pm

VG, happy belated Earth Day to you!

Sarah, I just scanned your post and will read it again more thoroughly, but I did see that you were not thrilled with Ina’s “Outrageous” brownies. Interesting. I used to love that recipe, but kind tired of it. Then I realized that the brownies didn’t hold up well in the heat and seemed to need more refrigeration. So I moved away from the Outrageous recipe. I did like them quite a bit, though.

Randi, again, many thanks for the recipe…

Anonymous, thanks for those CL recipes! The sour cream coffee cake muffins looked particularly good.

Kalyn, that peace pledge seems like a nice thing for elementary school kids to hear every morning. I actually like having a Texas pledge, but it’s sort of redundant in that it just mirrors the regular USA pledge. Your tilapia looks good btw. Makes me wish I liked fish.

Brittany April 23, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Oh, dulce de leche. I brought a lot back from Buenos Aires last time I went and made some amazing brownies. I didn’t quite get the swirl I was aiming for, but the result was even better: the dulce molecules seemed to bond to the chocolate molecules and the whole thing was incredibly moist and rich and amazing.

Emily L. June 14, 2009 at 10:56 am

I grew up in Ann Arbor and used to live for Zingermann’s baked goods (it helped that my aunt is a baker for them, so we always got great discounts).
By far, my number one choice was always their magic brownies. Now that I live far away, I never get to enjoy them anymore. I guess I’ll have to make these and see how they compare.

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