Milky Way Brownies

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Milky Way Brownies are the best fudgy brownies with candy bars baked inside.

stack of milky way brownies on a plate with a glass of milk in the background- all on a striped blue and white napkin

Of all the recipes for brownies on this website, Milky Way brownies rank right there toward the top of the favorites. These brownies turn out so sturdy and perfect. When you bite into them, you’ll experience a rich and fudgy brownie with great flavor. And the added Milky Way candy bars make them extra decadent.

showing a pot with a glass bowl placed on top of it. Bowl is filled with butter and chocolate chips.

How to make Milky Way Brownies:

You’ll begin by melting the butter and chocolate together. If you don’t have a double boiler, the easiest way to do this is to place a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. This allows the chocolate and butter to melt together slowly and will create a nice, smooth, melted consistency. Then you’ll remove that bowl from the pan and let it cool.

Next you’ll combine sugar, eggs, vanilla and espresso powder… and then you will whisk in the cooled chocolate mixture. Flour, baking powder and salt are then stirred in to create the base brownie batter. Chopped Milky Way candy bars are added in, and the batter is then spread into the pan for baking.

Do you have to use Espresso Powder in these brownies?

My standard answer is “no,” you don’t have to use espresso powder. But I am going to tell you that adding espresso powder greatly intensifies the chocolate and the overall flavor of the brownies. It does not make them taste like coffee. You can locate instant espresso powder in the aisle of your market where you would find coffee. It’s sold in a tiny jar. If you can’t find it, ask your grocery store manager. They most likely carry it.

brownie batter in a glass bowl with chopped milky way candy bars added in

Milky Way Candy Bars:

Milky Way is a candy bar that is sold in the United States. If you don’t live in the USA, you can try substituting a chocolate- caramel and nougat type of candy bar instead. I find it easiest to slice the candy bars if they are more firm than soft. Keep them chilled in the refrigerator until it’s time to chop them up.

milky way brownie batter in a sheet pan ready for the oven

Pan needed for Milky Way Brownies:

The pan needed for these brownies is very important. You will need a half-sheet pan. You can order a half sheet pan on Amazon, or you can buy them at Costco. This size pan will give you brownie with perfect thickness. A 13×9-inch pan will be much too small. 

baked milky way brownies in a sheet pan

The best way to cut brownies:

Some people say that the best way to cut brownies is with a plastic knife. I’ve never found this to be true. I like to chill the brownies until they are firm, and then I use a sharp knife to cut them into neat slices. In this recipe, you line the pan with parchment or foil, so it is easy to lift the brownies out of the pan. Then you can peel the parchment or foil away from the brownies and place them on a cutting board.

stack of three milky way brownies

How to store brownies:

Store cut brownies in an airtight container at room temperature. They’re best eaten within 1 to 2 days. If you want to freeze your brownies, pack them into a well-sealed container in the freezer. They should be good in the freezer for one to two months. Just take them out as you’d like to enjoy them and let them defrost before eating.

stack of three milky way brownies with a bite taken out of the one on top

This recipe makes a lot of brownies. That’s a good thing because they are so good that everyone will want more than one. If you don’t need quite that many brownies, you can always choose to share some of them with friends or neighbors. Or store a few in the freezer to much on at a later date. Enjoy!

Here are a few more brownie recipes you might like to try:

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Milky Way Brownies

A fudgy brownie with added candy bars!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 36 brownies
Calories 318kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, candy bar, milky way


  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chopped semisweet chocolate)
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • cups granulated white sugar
  • 7 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces miniature Milky Way Bars, chopped
  • One 1.8-ounce full-size Milky Way Bar, sliced thinly


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 12x18x1-inch half sheet pan with nonstick spray. Line with foil or parchment that hangs over the sides for ease in getting them out (spray the foil/parchment with nonstick spray).
  • In a heatproof, medium-bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, heat the butter, and chocolates until melted and smooth; cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, vanilla and espresso powder. Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and whisk to combine.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt, then add it to the batter. Stir the chopped mini Milky Way bars into the chocolate mixture. Then pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Place slices of the full-size Milky Way Bar onto the top of the brownie batter.
  • Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached; do not overbake! Let cool completely, then cover tightly and chill overnight (or for several hours). 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 in the refrigerator before you try to cut them.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg

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  • Brenda Dickson wrote:

    I am tempted to make these with the Midnight Milky Way. Do you think that would work? I am not a fan of the milk chocolate Milky Way.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I think that would work!

  • nancy stanley wrote:

    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.!

  • Judy Young wrote:

    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! !

  • Stacy wrote:

    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.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      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.

  • Lia wrote:

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

  • Robyn wrote:

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