Milky Way Brownies

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Milky Way Brownies.

Yield: 3 dozen + brownies

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 45 min

Milky Way Brownies

Absolutely one of my favorite brownie recipes ever... feeds a large crowd!


1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 pound semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 Tablespoons instant espresso powder
7 large eggs
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups granulated white sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 ounces miniature Milky Way Bars, chopped
1 full-size Milky Way Bar, sliced thinly


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 12x18x1-inch pan. Line with foil or parchment that hangs over the sides for ease in getting them out (butter the foil/parchment).

2. In a heatproof, medium-bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, heat butter, and chocolates until melted and smooth; cool slightly.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, espresso powder, vanilla and sugar. Stir the egg mixture into the slightly cooled chocolate mixture. Cool to room temperature.

4. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, then add to batter. Stir chopped mini Milky Way bars into chocolate mixture. Then pour into prepared baking pan and smooth top with a rubber spatula. Place slices of the full-size Milky Way Bar onto the top of the brownie batter.

5. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached; do not overbake! Let cool completely, then cover tightly and chill overnight. Chilled brownies are easier to cut.


*These taste better the second day.
*If it's a warm day inside your house, you might consider chilling the Milky Way bars before you try to cut them.

Source: (Adapted from Ina Garten )

14 Responses to “Milky Way Brownies”

  1. postedApr 15, 2009 11:13 AM

    I didn’t know they still made Milky Ways:) 4 sticks of butter, 7 eggs and loads of candy bars…wow! Those must be really rich!!! I am sure they are amazing. I better not make these until swimsuit season is over:)

  2. postedApr 15, 2009 11:16 AM

    Yum! Though I’m not a big fan of Milky Ways, these do look quite good. Maybe I’ll try it with Snickers! 🙂

  3. postedApr 15, 2009 2:09 PM

    Oh my lord. Is this even legal? Those are some insanely good-looking brownies.

  4. postedApr 19, 2009 10:20 PM

    WOW..make that double WOW! Those look sinfully delicious! I would use Snickers though, just because I like the nuts ;D. I whipped up some peanut butter cup brownies a few weeks back, along with a few other brownie/blondie recipes I found on different blogs, but too many photos to choose from, so I keep putting off my blog entry about them – you know, ‘blog block’ LOL

    OK, I’m rambling! In any event, love your site and the photos are gorgeous and mouth watering!

  5. postedApr 26, 2009 5:33 AM

    I made these yesterday and they came out great! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes and Photos.. very inspiring!:)

  6. postedApr 27, 2009 1:00 PM

    They look heavenly. But what about if you are just not a coffee person. Should I just add some cocoa powder or skip it altogether?

    • postedApr 27, 2009 1:21 PM

      Hi Kathleen, Funny that you ask because I am DEFinately not a coffee person. I do use espresso powder though in a number of chocolate desserts that I make. It really deepens the chocolate flavor. You don’t taste coffee! You could certainly leave it out, but the flavor will not be quite as good!

  7. postedApr 28, 2009 9:22 PM

    OMG YUMMY!! Milky way is my favorite candy bar, definitely going to make these… and they will be all mine, no one else in the family likes Milky Way YAY!!

  8. postedMay 11, 2009 3:34 PM

    These look decadently delicious and since your recipe is adapted from the Barefoot Contessa herself, it’s sure to be spectacular!

    Can’t wait for an excuse to make up a batch of these brownies.

  9. postedJun 13, 2009 3:51 PM

    I just made these today and they are SO AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! yumyumyumyumyumyum

  10. postedJan 15, 2012 12:32 PM

    Where do you find espresso powder? I’ve seen it for a few recipes and had to pass on them because I can’t find it with the instant coffee or I just don’t know what I’m looking for. I’ve looked at both my local grocery store (Kroger) and WalMart.

    • postedJan 15, 2012 1:32 PM

      It’s usually near the instant coffee/hot chocolate. It’s kind of tough to find because it comes in a little jar. Be sure to ask the grocery manager if you can’t find it.

  11. postedSep 6, 2012 12:52 PM
    Judy Young

    I’ve been looking for a recipe for ‘Milky Way
    Brownies’ and here it is. I bake for our local botanical garden when they have their ‘Weed ‘n Feed’ night once a month. Wanted to make something special for the final one for the year. Thank you for the great recipe, I know it’s going to be good no doubt about it. Can’t wait! !

  12. postedJan 12, 2014 6:35 PM
    nancy stanley

    hi these brownies are the best ive ever had.thank you for all your wonderful recpies.everything has been out of this world.and im looking forward to trying even more.just so you know your appreciated in all your hard work.keep up the wonderful job.!

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