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Milky Way Caramel Brownies

*This post is part of a social shopper program, compensated by Collective Bias, and all opinions are, as always, my own.

Its been awhile since I shared a dressed up brownie recipe with you, so when Collective Bias invited me to put together a fun treat using Milky Way Bites, I knew it was time. If you love caramel, you’ll have to try this dessert. This time of year there are always plenty of reasons to have fresh baked goods for a crowd, whether it be game day, or general conference this weekend;) Ben and I have hours of watching this weekend so you can bet we’ll be posted up on the couch with plenty of these over the next few days.

For this recipe I used a dressed up box brownie mix, but if you’d rather the whole thing be from scratch, you can use our favorite easy brownie recipe found here.


What You’ll Need:
For the Brownies
1 Brownie Mix + all listed ingredients
1 extra egg
1 can caramel sauce
1 bag Milky Way Minis
**optional: chewy caramel pieces

For the Frosting:
1 Stick butter
4 C powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 tbsp caramel
**If you really care about the frosting holding its form then substitute crisco for half of the butter. Personally, I think frosting with crisco tastes disgusting so I always use butter.

What You’ll Do (Brownies):

  1. Prepare brownie mix according to the box and add an extra egg (at the same time you add the other egg(s)). 
  2. Pour batter into greased baking dish. 
  3. Chop up milkyway pieces and caramel pieces and drop into batter. Use your finger or a spoon to make sure they are covered completely. 
  4. Using a spoon, add globs of caramel to the batter in the pan. Space them apart as desired (I placed mine every few inches). Use the spoon to swirl it into the batter gently (don’t mix entirely into the batter, one or two swirls is all). 
  5. Bake as directed but DO NOT OVERCOOK! (I did this the first time and the brownies just aren’t very good that way – gooey is better). 
What You’ll Do (Frosting):
  1. Whip butter in mixer for 2 minutes (or until fluffy).
  2. Add powdered sugar and whip until combined.
  3. Add vanilla and caramel syrup and whip until completely combined. **If the frosting isn’t coming together, feel free to add a little more powdered sugar or a little milk/hot water. 
  4. You have two options for frosting here. You can either cut out each individual brownie as pictured and use a frosting bag (or zip lock bag and snip the end) to frost each individual piece. Sprinkle each with chopped Milky Way pieces and drizzle each with caramel syrup. Or, for a much easier and just as tasty option, leave the brownies in the pan and stripe the frosting across the pan. You don’t have to cover all of them, just so that there are stripes of frosting on each brownie. Sprinkle on chopped pieces of Milky Way and drizzle with caramel sauce.
**If you choose the first frosting option it is easier to let them cool completely before cutting. However, the benefit of the second is you can serve them warm! 


Here’s a coupon for the Milky Way Bites I used (although you could make these very same brownies with Snicker Bites). If you share the coupon on twitter or facebook, or email it to at least three friends the value of the coupon doubles!

#gamedaybites

P.S. Because I’m sharing this yummy treat today, choosingHAPPY will be all over my instagram account today instead. But no worries, it will be back on the blog next Friday. 

11 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, these look incredible! I wish I could just take one right off the screen and shove it in my mouth!

  2. these look awesome! so glad i found you – a fellow ohioan! – through your comment on instagram. šŸ™‚

  3. Those look delicious! Another trick for getting buttercream to hold it's shape is to use a Tbsp. or so of meringue powder. I don't care for shortening in my frosting either. It has an unpleasant way of coating my tongue.

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