November 27, 2011

CiCi's Brownie Recipe

Copycat CiCi's Brownies
CiCi's is an all-you-can-eat style pizza parlor with over 650 locations throughout 35 states. Although their pizza is sub-par at best... on the other hand, their brownies are pretty delicious!  Thin, fudgy, and covered with powdered sugar, CiCi's brownies can make anybody smile! So how can I make CiCi's brownies at home? I've been experimenting with several recipes and felt like I've found one that created the EXACT same brownies you find at CiCi's - this is a box recipe so sorry for all of those people who feel the need to "home-bake" everything.

CiCi's Brownie Recipe:
Family-size box of Pillsbury's Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix
2-large eggs
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.

CiCi's Brownies
Take a 13x9 metal pan and line the edges with parchment paper, or grease well with cooking spray/butter. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 21-24 minutes**. Use a toothpick to test for doneness (you should test the brownies and keep an eye on them around 15-20 minutes). The toothpick should come out with a few crumbs and you're on your way to amazing Homemade CiCi brownies. Please keep in mind that glass pans take longer to cook than metal.

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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14 comments:

  1. My son absolutely loves the brownies at Cici's, so I decided to give this recipie a go. I didn't change anything and they turned out good; I even topped them with some powdered sugar. I agree that using a 13x9 pan is necessary to get the same consitancy of CiCi's brownies.

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  2. I have to try these out

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  3. Hey John,

    They do taste just like CiCi's, however I doubt this is how they make them. The powdered sugar on top is a great touch, I have to hide these.

    Thanks

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    1. I'm rather certain CiCi's throws their brownies into the same convey belt oven they cook the pizza in.

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  4. I couldn' find the recommended brownie mix, so I chose a different brand. That was a big mistake-as my brownies were difficult to work with and one big (delicious) goopy mess. I'll have to find the right mix next time. Neat recipe!

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    1. Hey! May I ask what type of brownie mix did you use? Also, it may have been a goopy mess because they were not in the oven long enough - the times provided was how long it took my brownies but it may vary!! So always always always make sure that you use a toothpick and check the interior of the batch before removing them from the oven. If the batch is still "wet" when the toothpick comes out, it's not done. If the toothpick comes out clean, it's over done. You want to find that perfect balance of wet and crumbliness on the toothpick.

      I hope that helps :)

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    2. Thank You! My daughter found your recipe, and we gave it a try. Mmmmm! We felt like we were sitting at CiCi's. Great!

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  5. Just a tip to other often brownie makers; cut them with a plastic knife. The brownies don't stick to the knife as you cut them and it leaves clean cuts.

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    1. Right right! That's a great tip to mention :D

      Thank you for the comment

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  6. I made these today, exactly as it is written above and I have to say they are NOT like Cici's. They are just like the regular, normal brownies I make from the box all the time. I mean, they are good and all, but they are not Cici's. :(

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    1. Hey Anonymous! I'm sorry to hear that :( I'll make another batch soon and tweak the recipe if necessary.

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  7. O MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!These brownies taste just like CIci's. The are off the chane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  8. I used Ghiradelli Double Chocolate brownies and added a TON of chocolate syrup and they taste JUST like Cici's!

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  9. yum that recipe sounds good!! I cant wait to try, I hope its actually good!!!!

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