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!!
Why You Must Make
- 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.
- 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.
How to Make
There will be a lot of bowls to wash, but for a special treat, they’re worth the effort. Here are the layers:
- 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.
- 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.
- Then, melt the caramels with the cream, drizzle over the nougat, and spread quickly with a greased offset spatula.
- 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!
Frequently Asked Questions
A Milky Way Bar has a thick layer of chocolate nougat with a thin layer of caramel on top and coated in milk chocolate.
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.
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.
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Milky Way Brownies Recipe
Layered brownies mimicking delicious Milky Way candy bars
- 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)
- 1 pound caramels (unwrapped (I used three 5.5 ounce bag Werther's Original Chewy Caramels))
- 3 tablespoons cream
- 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line 9 x 13 pan with nonstick foil and set aside.
- 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.
- Bake 35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Brownie layer adapted from Hershey's
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Serving Size:1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 25gProtein: 2g
70 Comments on “Milky Way Brownies”
Those look amazing! I think I am going to have to make this at some get together or another. Who doesn’t love milky way’s and brownies?
I bet you had a wonderful Mother’s Day with these beauties. You always execute your desserts to perfection, Liz.
I also love caramel 🙂 I would probably double it 😀 wonderful brownies!
These sound amazing, you’ve made me so hungry!
So many gorgeous layers! These are rich and irresistible, Liz.
Oh my gosh, these look wonderful, Liz!!! This would be an amazing “hide in the closet and eat until I’m sick” sort of treat to make oneself hehe
Lizzy…I’m getting very concerned about your husband because so many of your posts start with telling us how this is something he didn’t like. Is he a very thin man? As for me, I would love these. They look really decadent. We can’t buy that marshmallow stuff here. I wonder if I could substitute actual marshmallows or make my own marshmallow. Hmmm…something to add to the ‘to try’ list xx
These are awesome! I love, love milky way anything!
Happy Mother’s Day. I love Milky Way’s and your brownies look delicious!
Wow, how on earth do you stay so skinny? I could not stop at one! Happy Mother’s Day, Lizzy! 🙂
I love caramel as well.. Milky way is probably my favorite chocolate bar! I don’t think I’ll have any trouble squeezing down a few of these brownies!
Sheer Decadence – that is all I can say. These are gorgeous!
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I do believe we’re soul-sisters, for sure when it comes to the caramel thing. These look phenomenal Lizzie.
Ohhh man I wish I had someone to make this for! I bet its amazing
Those look like perfection, I am with you on the caramel. My fav!!
That’s genius my friend, these are my favourite chocolates in the world 🙂
Choc Chip Uru
I’d gladly love to indulge in these decadent brownies for Mother’s Day…Hope your Mother
‘s Day is as spectacular as you and your baking Liz!
If that skinny chick can bake….then this chubby chick can eat :o)
Pinning – I love Milky Ways!! In Canada they are hard to find, but Canadian Mars bars are the exact same (no nuts in a CA Mars bar…go figure). Stopping by from Mop It Up Monday – have a great week!
WOW – these look absolutely GREAT
I’m not familiar with these brownies, and the seem heavenly to me
I am firmly in support of caramel AND fudge. 🙂