|Copycat CiCi's Brownies|
Let's be honest, do you think they're whipping up homemade brownies in the CiCi's kitchen? They have to accommodate lots of guests in a short amount of time. Not to mention, their profit margins are thin so the brownie's quality isn't the highest. The brownies are probably pre-made and just need to be reheated. Here's our copycat recipe for you folks at home and it'll only set you back a few bucks.
CiCi's Brownie Recipe:
Family-size box of Pillsbury's Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix
1/3 cup of oil
1/4 cup of Chocolate Syrup
1 cup (6oz) of melted Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips*
Powdered Sugar (if desired)
*Adding more chocolate chips can never hurt! Try to use a high quality chocolate chips, such as ghirardelli. Melt them in a microwave safe dish with 5-10 second bursts followed by mixing.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176 Celsius). In a medium-sized bowl, mix the eggs, oil, until homogeneous. Add in half of the brownie mix, stir a few times, then add in the rest. Pour in the chocolate syrup and add the melted chocolate chips, mix, and set aside.
Take the brownies out of the oven and put them immediately into the fridge or freezer to cool. This step is imperative because it helps you cut the brownies later and stops the brownies from over-cooking in the pan! If over-cooked the sides of the brownies get hard and the center loses it's fudginess.
Cut the brownies as desired (a plastic knife works best) and cover with powdered sugar if you wish. They lightly powder the brownies at CiCi's, so I would recommend doing so. Just as a side note, I will try to concoct a homemade CiCi's brownie recipe; but for now this recipe gave my family what seemed to be the exact same brownies found at CiCi's.
Fudgy, thin, and delicately sweet.. I hope you have some friends to share the pan of CiCi's brownies with you!
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