My very favorite dessert in the whole entire world is cheesecake. Growing up I used to ask for cheesecake on my birthday in place of regular cake, and my parents usually agreed. I loved those cheesecake samplers that featured 3-4 different types of cheesecakes, and always my favorite one would be the chocolate or caramel flavors. Over the last few years I’ve become more comfortable baking ‘cheesecake’, and have made everything from Skinny Key Lime Cheesecake Cupcakes to Sopapilla Cheesecake which is a spin on Mexican cheesecake. I’ve never met a cheesecake I didn’t like, and I am happy to report, it’s not as difficult to make as I always thought. When I heard Mars Brand Candy was coming out with some new ‘bites’ I was curious to see what they would be. Come to find out they have Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites, which is basically a caramel covered in chocolate….delicious. I knew these tasty little bites had major dessert baking potential and of course the first thing to make that came to mind was cheesecake.
While making the recipe, I kept thinking of the delicious melted caramel and chocolate, and the soft brownie crust I opted to make instead of a plainer cheesecake. With a combo of chocolate, caramel, brownies, and cream cheese, how can you go wrong? You can’t.
You need to make sure these bad boys cool completely before you slice into them. I also refrigerated mine before serving, but you could also serve them room temperature. You do have to refrigerate them after you are done serving though, because you don’t want the cheese filling sitting out for a long time.
I’ve already unloaded a ton of these Milky Way Caramel Cheesecake Brownies to my friends and neighbors and everyone has raved about how delicious they are. These are seriously one of the best desserts I have ever made and it was so simple.
- Brownie Layer
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Cheesecake Layer
- 16 oz cream cheese, softened (2 packs)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups chopped Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites (1 large bag)
- *Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 1. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer combine melted butter with sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one. Add the cocoa and mix well. Then add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined, do not over mix.
- 2. Set aside one cup of the brownie batter and smooth the rest into a foil lined 9×13 baking dish.
- Now for our next layer...
- 3. With your stand mixer or hand mixer (cleaned off), begin making your cheesecake layer by beating cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
- 4. Add the vanilla and then the eggs one at a time, beating well after each one.
- 5. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie mixture and using a spatula, smooth it evenly over the brownie batter.
- 6. Sprinkle the chopped Milky Way Simple Caramel slices evenly over cream cheese layer. They should be close together and pretty much covering the cream cheese layer.
- 7. Using the reserved cup of brownie batter, drop spoonfuls over the top of the candy bar layer, scattering around.
- 8. Use your spatula or a butter knife to gently swirl the batters. This will combine the cream cheese layer and top brownies layer a bit, which covering the candies in batter. This does not need to be perfect.
- 9. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares (at least an hour).
- After my brownies were done baking, I let cool for about 30 minutes, and then I was able to lift them all out of the baking dish with the foil (by grabbing the sides of the foil). This helped to cool more quickly. You can also set the baking dish on a wire rack to cool faster.
- Be sure to refrigerate the brownies when you are done serving.
- I like these best served cold so I allow them to cool for an hour on the counter, and then refrigerate another hour before serving. It's up to you!
- **Some people have noted that it took much longer for their brownies to cook. I would check them at the 35 minute mark, and then every 5 minutes after that if they don't seem done. I have made them several times and the 35 minutes is always perfect for mine, but people have noted it taking up to an hour for them. So just check them as they are cooking.
Things you might need for this recipe:
- Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites
- Chocolate Baking Chips
- Caramel Drizzle
- Pyrex Baking Dishes
- Serving Platter
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