Zingerman’s Magic Brownies Clone

This Zingerman’s Magic Brownies clone 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.

Zingerman's Magic Brownies

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 chopped nuts or dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 13×9 inch metal pan with nonstick foil.
  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 slightly cooled (it will still be a little warm) chocolate mixture and vanilla to egg mixture. Beat on low speed or by hand until combined. Add flour mixture; beat on low speed or stir by hand until combined, scraping sides of bowl. Stir in nuts (if using) or chocolate chips.
  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.
I usually make these with 6 oz/170 grams of cake flour. If you use all-purpose, it's best to weigh out 6 oz since the amount of all-purpose flour can vary from cup to cup. If you don't have a scale and are using all-purpose, fluff up the flour very well, then scoop and level the top or just spoon it into the measuring up. Don't pack it in. If you are using cake flour and don't have a scale, just measure as you always do. For some reason cake flour almost always weighs 4 oz/114 grams per cup whereas all-purpose varies more and weighs from 4.5 to 5.3 oz per cup.


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  1. says

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

  2. says

    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.

  3. Stacey says

    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?

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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.

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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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