Milky Way Cheesecake Brownies are full of cheesecake, chocolate and dripping with ooey-gooey caramel! These are next level brownies!!
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. These Milky Way Cheesecake Brownies incorporate all of that and are always a hit!
Over the last few years I’ve become more comfortable baking ‘cheesecake’, and have made everything from 3 Ingredient Fudge to 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.
While making these Milky Way Caramel Cheesecake Brownies, I kept thinking of the delicious melted caramel and chocolate, and the soft brownie crust I opted to make instead of a more plain cheesecake. With a combo of chocolate, caramel, brownies, and cream cheese, how can you go wrong?
TIPS FOR MAKING MILKY WAY CARAMEL CHEESECAKE BROWNIES:
- Make sure these bad boys cool completely before you slice into them.
- I also refrigerated the Milky Way Caramel Cheesecake Brownies 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.
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- Mint Chocolate Skillet Brownie
- Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Milky Way Cheesecake Brownies are full of cheesecake and dripping with ooey-gooey caramel! These will be a hit at your next party!
- 1 cup butter , melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 16 oz cream cheese , softened (2 packs)
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups chopped Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites (1 large bag)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
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.
Set aside one cup of the brownie batter and smooth the rest into a foil lined 9×13 baking dish.
With your stand mixer or hand mixer (cleaned off), begin making your cheesecake layer by beating cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
Add the vanilla and then the eggs one at a time, beating well after each one.
Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie mixture and using a spatula, smooth it evenly over the brownie batter.
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.
Using the reserved cup of brownie batter, drop spoonfuls over the top of the candy bar layer, scattering around.
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.
Bake at 350 for 45 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 45 minute mark, and then every 5 minutes after that if they don't seem done. I have made them several times and the 45 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.
Originally published in 2014, updated in 2021.