Milky Way Brownies

milky way brownies

I’ve made many, many different kinds of brownies over the years.

Brownies with Nutella Frosting, Salted Caramel Brownie Bites, Decadent Dark Chocolate Flourless Brownies, Dark Chocolate Citrus Brownies with a Cream Cheese Swirl, Brownies with a Rice Crispy Layer, Olive Oil Brownies.

But this, my friends, is serious business. I may have found the best brownie base I’ve ever made.

A fudgy brownie base with a deep dark chocolate intensity, studded with chunks of dark chocolate. Of course it didn’t hurt that I also stuffed it with little squares of Milky Way bites. Milk chocolate, nougat, and caramel. And this incredible brownie base. Can’t go wrong.

dark chocolate milky way brownies

While I appreciate exquisite artisan and classic chocolates, I truly do not discriminate. I like baking with the budget-friendly Trader Joe’s Pound Plus bars  as much as I like baking with Lindt and Guittard. I buy Rolos, M&Ms, Kitkat, Cadbury Eggs. And I can’t resist little mini versions of candy bars, so I decided to just stop eating Milky Way minis by the handful and actually bake them into brownies.

I played around with the last brownie base I made – using more brown sugar, adding instant coffee powder, and adding chocolate extract. I still didn’t use any melted chocolate, just unsweetened cocoa powder and little chunks of dark chocolate. The result was the most intensely chocolatey brownie base, the best I’ve made in my opinion. As good as or even better than the brownies I buy at bakeries, I swear!

chocolate milky way brownies

The fudgy dark chocolate brownie base is the perfect canvas for the sweet Milky Way bites. I used half Milky Way bites and half Milky Way Simply Caramel bites, but if you can’t find either in your grocery or convenience stores, you can just use a couple of regular size Milky Way bars and chop it up into squares. You don’t like Milky Way? No problem, just replace it with your favorite candy bar or chocolate: Rolos, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Reese’s Cups. Don’t like candy bars at all? Just stick to the brownie base with dark chocolate chunks (maybe add a little bit more?) Wanna make it fancy? Try sprinkling some sea salt on top.

But for me, the recipe is perfect as it is. Bites of chocolate, nougat and caramel in an intensely dark chocolate brownie base. This is now one of my very favorite brownies in the entire galaxy.

brownie with milky way bites

Yield: 16 brownies

Milky Way Brownies


1 1/4 sticks butter, softened
2 large eggs
3/4 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon chocolate extract
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks or chips
1 individual serving of Milky Way bites (roughly 1 cup)
1 individual serving of Milky Way Simply Caramel bites (roughly 1 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine softened butter, eggs, sugars, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, chocolate extract, and coffee. Mix well, then stir in flour and salt. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Fold in dark chocolate chunks and Milky Way bites, and mix gently until just combined.
  4. Spread brownie batter in a foil-lined buttered 8x8 pan. Bake 22-24 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in brownie comes out clean. Let cool, and cut into 16 even squares.

If you don't have chocolate extract, just substitute with more vanilla extract.


milky way bites brownies

Do you have a favorite baked good using a candy bar? How about your go-to brownie recipe?


36 Responses to “Milky Way Brownies”

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    Cailee @ posted July 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    WOW! Girl….you’ve outdone yourself! Brownies are by far my favorite special treat!! …and milk way’s?! YUM! Great recipe!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Thank youuuuuu! This is definitely a very worthwhile treat :)

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? posted July 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Oh my. I’m in a stupor after staring at those awesome pics! I’m going to need about a dozen of these brownies to come out of it. Yummy!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 17, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks, Leah! I totally regret giving it all away haha

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted July 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Hi – my name is Tricia and I’m also a chocoholic and now I need a meeting! I could really make myself sick on these beautiful, gorgeous, chocolaty brownies.

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 17, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Shall we start our chocoholics anonymous meeting with these brownies?

  4. #
    Juliana posted July 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Are you serious? These little bites of brownies look great…and packed with goodness…yum!
    Thanks for the recipe Bianca…enjoy the rest of your week :D

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    Choc Chip Uru posted July 18, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Milky ways? Makes brownies EVEN better! Delicious recipe :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Monica posted July 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

    You don’t have to sell me too hard on brownies at all but these – you don’t have to say anything! I, too, do not discriminate against chocolate…I have room for everything. These really look so moist and delicious!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 18, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Thanks, Monica! Have a great weekend!

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite posted July 18, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Oh my freaking goodness Bianca! These look beyond amazing! So ridiculously fudgy and decadent… get in my belly now! Pinned :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 18, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Thank you, Chris, I appreciate it! Have a great weekend!

  8. #
    whatjessicabakednext posted July 18, 2014 at 10:52 am

    These brownies are amazing! Love milk way- one of my all-time favourite chocolates! Definitely got to try these when it’s a bit cooler!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 18, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      You will love these! I liked the all-caramel Milky Way bites too :)

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    PassTheKnife posted July 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Oh yes! I can’t even imagine what these must taste like right out of the oven! I can’t wait to try the rice crispy treat layer brownies too!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 18, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks! I should make those crunch top brownies again soon, too!

  10. #
    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods posted July 18, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Wow, those are actual milky way candies in there! Looks so decadent and delicious!

  11. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted July 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    ooooooh yes that brownie base looks EPIC! And the candy doesn’t hurt ;P

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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen posted July 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Stop!!! These brownies look way too decadent and delicious to be true :D Did you actually include two different kinds of chocolate bars in them? Totally Fantastic! This brownie is a chocolate lovers dream come true!!

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs posted July 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    These have to be the most delicious brownies that I’ll ever seen. Milky way?? Sold.

  14. #
    Melanie @ Bon Appét'Eat posted July 20, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    THIS and a glass of milk! Totally decadent! Wow Bianca, you mean business :)

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    Laura@Baking in Pyjamas posted July 20, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Visiting from Saturday Night Fever. These look amazing, I love the fudgyness of them. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us. Have a great day!

  16. #
    Jessica @ Sweet Menu posted July 21, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    WOW! Best looking brownies ever! Choc overload – i love it!

  17. #
    grace posted July 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    milky ways were my favorite candy bar for a long time, so these brownies qualify as obscenely appealing and decadent!

  18. #
    Joanne posted July 22, 2014 at 7:41 am

    That brownie itself does look crazy rich…and the Milky Ways just bring so much to the brownie table! These would be a new favorite of mine as well.

  19. #
    Sarah and Arkadi posted July 22, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Wow! These brownies are loaded with goodness!

  20. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted July 22, 2014 at 11:12 am

    These brownies are stuffed to the brim!

  21. #
    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! posted July 22, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Goodness – these look amazing! I have made all different kinds of brownies over the years too, but never added Milky Way. This will definitely go on my must-make list :)

  22. #
    Allison posted July 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Omg. This is over the top in the best way possible. What a gorgeously chocolatey recipe. Send leftovers my way, please :)

  23. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted July 22, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    The chocolate extract is GENIUS. I have some sitting in my pantry but hadn’t figured out what to do with it yet. Now I do :)

  24. #
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef posted July 23, 2014 at 8:04 am

    That base looks incredibly fudgy. I can’t wait to give this a try after I find the extract. :)

  25. #
    Laura@Baking in Pyjamas posted August 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Those look amazing! I’ve yet to bake with milky way bars, I think I need to soon!

  26. #
    Molly Galler posted August 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Yes yes yes. Just yes.

  27. #
    Sofía posted September 3, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    That’s insane. Delicious, but insane.

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