Caramel Milky Way Brownies

Sometimes you want a plain brownie, and sometimes you want an over the top crazy decadent brownie.  These Caramel Milky Way Brownies definitely fall into the decadent and delicious category.  But you can use the brownie base for those days when you just want the fudge brownie alone.

Caramel Milky Way Brownies - caramel and a chocolate topping make these brownies absolutely amazing!

A few weeks ago I made a pan of brownies before going to bed.  It’s totally normal for me to be putting a pan of brownies or muffins into the oven at 10 pm at night.  The night owl in me bakes best then.

The pan was still too hot to cover before I went to bed, so I just left it on the stove to cool overnight.  I knew that my kids have the food routine down by now, so I didn’t worry that anyone would dig into them without asking. Sure enough they didn’t touch the pan.   

Caramel Milky Way Brownies - caramel and a chocolate topping make these brownies absolutely amazing!

That day I went through my baking cupboard and pulled out some Dulce de Leche and chocolate chips to finish the brownies off.   By the time I picked up the kids from school, the photos were finished and the brownies were now fair game.  On the way home from school, my youngest told me with big, blue eyes and a cute smile.  “Mom, I saw those plain brownies you made.”  :-)

You have to realize he is this crazy, alien child of mine that only wants plain brownies all the time.  So, I had to break the news to him that I had indeed “ruined” the brownies while he was at school with my crazy ideas.  He just shook his head and said he was going to take the toppings off his!

I really recommend leaving all the toppings on these brownies.  Of course I recommend a glass of milk with them.  Rich and decadent are definitely adjectives that would go very well with these brownies.  The Dulce de Leche adds a soft caramel layer under the chocolate nougat topping.  And of course, more chocolate is added to the top for a layered brownie that looks incredible.

The chocolate nougat topping is really quite easy.  Melt down some chocolate chips with a little bit of shortening to keep it thinned out.  Pour it into a mixing bowl and beat it for 1 minute.  Add the Cool Whip and beat it again until it is chocolatey and creamy.  That’s it.  Chocolate nougat perfection.

Make sure you chill the brownies before cutting them.  And use a very hot knife to cut through the brownies.  Run the knife under hot water and dry it off in between cuts.  The hot knife will cut through easier if you go slowly.  Also, it keeps the filling from squeezing out all over the place.  I cut these brownies into 16 squares, but you could even cut them down smaller since they are so rich.

Decadent, dreamy brownies are definitely the way to go.  Unless you are an alien as well…then you might want to stop after the brownies.  But seriously, who would do that?

Caramel Milky Way Brownies - caramel and a chocolate topping make these brownies absolutely amazing!

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Caramel Milky Way Brownies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 23 minutes

Yield: 16 brownies

Caramel Milky Way Brownies

Homemade brownies with a caramel and chocolate nougat layer will impress everyone at dinner. Make sure to have a cup of milk or coffee ready, as these are rich and decadent.


1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 - 13.4 ounce can Dulce de Leche
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, divided
1 teaspoon shortening
1 cup Cool Whip
1/4 whipping cream


  1. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Whisk in the cocoa powder. Set aside.
  2. Beat the eggs. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat again. Add 1/4 cup of the hot chocolate to the egg mixture and stir quickly. Add the rest of the chocolate and stir again.
  3. Sift together the salt, flour, and baking powder. Slowly stir into the chocolate mixture. Pour into an 8x8 baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes. Do not over bake. Let cool completely.
  4. Spread the can of Dulce de Leche over the cooled brownies. Set aside.
  5. Place 1 cup of chocolate chips and shortening in a saucepan. Melt over low-medium heat until melted and creamy. Beat with a mixer for 1 minute. Spoon in the Cool Whip and beat again until no white is showing. Spread gently over the caramel layer. Place in the refrigerator.
  6. Bring the whipping cream to a boil in another saucepan. Remove from the heat and pour in the remaining chocolate chips. Let sit for 1-2 minutes. Stir until creamy. Spread out over the top of the chocolate layer. Refrigerate until set. Use a hot knife to cut into 16 squares. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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  1. Kentuckylady717 says

    These do look yummy….will have to see if I can find a can of the Dulce de Leche….
    in the small town I live in :) Is there something else you can use , Like a jar of caramel
    Ice cream topping, or make your own ?

    Have a question, have you made the whoopee pies yet ? Is so where can I find your recipe ?
    Do you have all your recipes listed on your blog ? I don’t recall seeing a list…..

  2. Kentuckylady717 says

    Sorry about that , disregard the last 2 questions….I should have checked your blog
    first….I did see the whoopee pies and the recipe list :) all is well…I AM HAPPY…..

  3. says

    I had no idea it was that easy to make nougat! For years, I thought there was some magical recipe that only candy companies knew… This might be dangerous to know how simple it is! 😉 Even though my guy doesn’t like chocolate, his favorite candy bar is still a Milky Way because of the caramel and nougat (apparently that’s enough to make him forget about the chocolate), so I could actually see him trying a tiny piece of your brownies! And then I’d finish off the rest of the pan all by myself. Brownies are my favorite dessert!
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  4. says

    Jocelyn, these look gorgeous and so rich and perfect! You inspired my most recent dessert post and I have the feeling I’ll be making these soon too. I love Milky Ways and can’t get enough brownies ever, so this is just up my alley. Yummy!
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    • says

      I did not try freezing them so I’m not really sure how they would hold up. I’m thinking they would be fine as long as you thaw them overnight in the refrigerator… They also should keep for quite a few days in the refrigerator if you have them covered and sealed tightly.

    • says

      No, the recipe is right. It is one cup of Cool Whip whipped into the melted chocolate. It will thicken when it chills. Did you beat the melted chocolate chips for at least a minute before adding the Cool Whip? If the chocolate is too hot, it will melt the Cool Whip.

  5. Luca says

    Why use Cool Whip when you have heavy cream? Homemade whipped cream is a million times better and is too easy to make. Just whip cold heavy cream and stir in powdered sugar or granulated sugar and optional vanilla extract (clear or regular).

    • says

      There are certain things that Cool Whip actually works better for. I also happen to like Cool Whip, so I use it quite often in my desserts. Feel free to try the whipped cream if you like it better though!

  6. says

    Just saw these featured over at Wake up Wednesday and O…. M…. GGGeee!!! Jocelyn I think I have a new lover and its these brownies!!! Cannot wait to make these … but its gonna have to wait until after Miami {t-minus 3.5 weeks} then I’m sitting down with a pan of these bad boys! Pinned

  7. Suzanne says

    These sound absolutely decadent, but I will use dark Chocolate because it;s more healthy for me. lol

  8. Elizabeth says

    Do these have to be refrigerated because of the cool whip or can they be left out? I understand cooling it to cut it, otherwise it will just be mushy! Are they shelf stable otherwise?

  9. Kentuckylady717 says

    Oh me oh my……these Caramel milky way brownies and the Brownie whoopie pie cookie both are amazing….don’t know which one to make first… must have the best smelling house on your block :)

  10. says

    I just had to say that I’m making this today for the second time in a week! These are just so delicious… I made them for the adults to have a treat at my daughter’s birthday party, and now they are what I think I’ll make for every party I go to! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!


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