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2 milky way brownies on a square white plate

Milky Way Brownies

Milky Way Brownies are perfect for the caramel lovers you know! The flavors of the classic candy bar are transformed into decadent brownies!

These Caramel Brownies are out of this world and my book club friends went crazy for them!!

3 milky way brownies on a white ceramic tray

Why You Should Make these Layered Brownies

  • If you love Milky Way Candy Bars with their tasty combination of chocolate nougat, caramel, and milk chocolate, these brownies will win you over with your first bite.
  • There is no need to make homemade caramel! Just melt good quality storebought caramels with some cream and you’re set!
  • You only need a small slice to get your fix, so this is a perfect recipe for when you need to serve a crowd. Normally, a 9 x 13-inch pan will serve 24, but this recipe should serve 48!

The hubby doesn’t go ape for caramel as I do. I’ll always pick caramel sauce to drizzle on top of my vanilla ice cream over fudge or chocolate. Every single time.  Though using BOTH fudge and caramel toppings is a spectacular idea. So when Mother’s Day rolled around, I figured I could make a treat just for me. I AM the mom in the household, so why not? And a dessert with chocolate and caramel-like these Milky Way Brownies would be ideal. And I know my mom would approve of these, too.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's in a Milky Way Candy Bar?

A Milky Way Bar has a thick layer of chocolate nougat with a thin layer of caramel on top and coated in milk chocolate.

What is Nougat?

The nougat (pronounced NOO-guht) that’s popular in southern Europe is a confection made of sugar, roasted nuts, and sometimes candied fruit. But in the US and UK, the nougat found in candy bars is made of sucrose and corn syrup and aerated with a whipping agent like egg whites.

What's the Best Way to Slice Gooey Brownies?

First, line your baking pan with nonstick foil so they release easily from the pan. Then, before you slice them, pop the pan into the refrigerator until the caramel layer gets firm.

Next, remove the brownies, using the foil, to a cutting board. Due to the sticky nature of the caramel and fluff layers, it’s best to slice while they are chilled with a hot, dry knife. Wipe off and reheat the knife frequently.

A stack of 2 Milky Way Brownies on a white plate

How to Make these Milky Way Candy Brownies

There will be a lot of bowls to wash, but for a special treat, they’re worth the effort. Here are the layers:

  1. First, make the brownies. Be careful not to overbake by checking with a toothpick about 5 minutes before you think they’ll be done. Cool completely.
  2. Next, make the chocolate nougat by first melting the chocolate chips with the cream, then mixing in the marshmallow cream. PRO-Tip: use a greased offset spatula to spread the sticky fluff over the brownies.
  3. Then, melt the caramels with the cream, drizzle over the nougat, and spread quickly with a greased offset spatula.
  4. Make the ganache with chocolate chips and oil. Spread over the caramel. You may use a cake frosting tool to make a pattern in the ganache or keep the top plain.

Tips for Serving

  • Cut these right before you plan to serve them and keep them chilled. The caramel starts to ooze after they are placed on a serving tray!
  • Serve small slices as they are extremely rich! You can always go back for seconds.
  • No need to garnish as these are pretty enough on their own!
2 milky way brownies on a square white plate

Ingredient Notes:

  • Pantry Staples – Table Salt, Sugar, All-Purpose Flour, Vegetable Oil
  • Baking powder – NOT baking soda. Baking powder often expires in your pantry. Check the expiration date before starting the recipe. Its lifespan is 6 months to a year.
  • Eggs – I use large eggs unless otherwise stated
  • Heavy Cream – Should have 36% butterfat
  • Butter – I used salted butter
  • Vanilla Extract – Never use imitation vanilla flavoring. The flavor is inferior.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – I typically keep Ghiradelli chocolate chips on hand
  • Marshmallow Creme – I use Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
  • Cocoa Powder – Make sure to sift first
  • Soft Caramel Candy – I use Werther’s brand soft caramels. I used 3 5.5-ounce bags.

This recipe was first shared in May 2013. Photos and text were updated in 2021.

2 milky way brownies on a square white plate

The Recipe: Milky Way Brownies

Layered brownies mimicking delicious Milky Way candy bars

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 36 brownies

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa (sifted)
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Chocolate Fluff Layer

  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons cream
  • 2 cups Marshmallow Creme (I used 2 7-ounce jars)

Caramel Layer

  • 1 pound caramels (unwrapped (I used three 5.5 ounce bag Werther's Original Chewy Caramels))
  • 3 tablespoons cream

Chocolate Topping

  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 9 x 13 pan with nonstick foil and set aside.
  2. Stir together butter, sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, eggs, cream, and vanilla in a large bowl; beat till all combined. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  3. Bake 35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely.
  4. Make fluff layer by melting chocolate chips in the microwave with cream. Zap for about a minute, stir, then continue microwaving and stirring at 15-30 second increments till chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in marshmallow creme until well combined. Spread over cooled brownies.
  5. Make caramel layer by melting caramels with cream in the same manner as for chocolate chips. It will take a little longer to melt the caramels. Drizzle over fluff layer then spread into an even layer.
  6. Make the chocolate topping by melting chocolate chips with oil in the microwave till smooth. Pour over caramel and spread with an offset spatula. Chill at least 2 hours before cutting (use a knife dipped in very hot water, then dried to cut). Chill until ready to serve.

Notes

Brownie layer adapted from Hershey's

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 25gProtein: 2g

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70 comments on “Milky Way Brownies”

  1. Could ganache be used instead of chocolate and oil for the top layer??

  2. Dear Liz, what a wonderful decadent dessert treat – love the combination of chocolate and caramel – they look way better and much more delicious than the “original”.

  3. These look absolutely incredible, Liz! The jumped out at me on FB and now I want to jump into my computer. I’d take this over the candy bar any day — for one thing, the serving sizes are bigger. 😀 ~Valentina

  4. I haven’t had a Milky Wag bar for ages (Seriously, I think at least 15 years!) that I don’t even remember much their taste. So thanks to such a delicious reminder. The brownies look and sound fabulous, and I think you’ve nailed mimicking this chocolate bar!

  5. Who needs milky way if I could have these brownies?!! They look incredibly delicious, Liz.

  6. Is the chocolate fluff layer able to be piped (on a cupcake?)

  7. Sure, feel free to share away! Thank you!!!

  8. Another winner, Liz! Of all the desserts at the party tonight, this was the tray that vanished first. Thanks for posting!

  9. I worship carmel also and the rest of my family doesn’t get it… love these brownies. Thanks so much for sharing them with us on foodie friday.

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