Kathy’s Shortcut Caramel Bars

My mother Kathy used to make these all the time growing up! Lucky for me, I never knew how easy they were to make. Something this yummy shouldn’t be this easy, you almost feel like you’re sinning as you smell the glorious smells wafting from your oven. My mum got this recipe from an old church cookbook, and that IS where one finds the best culinary treasures, is it not?

You will need:

  • 1 german chocolate cake mix
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 11 oz unwrapped caramel candies
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • a sprinkle of sea salt (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350.

Mix cake mix, remaining 1/3 cup evaporated milk and melted butter in a stand mixer. Add half of the nuts. Press half of the batter into the bottom of a 9×13 pan and bake for 6-7 minutes.

Unwrap the caramel candies and melt with 1/3 cup of evaporated milk in a medium saucepan, stirring often.

Remove pan from the oven and top with the melted caramel, chocolate chips, and remaining nuts. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired. Break the rest of the batter into chunks and distribute evenly over the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool and cut into squares. You’re welcome!! Click below for a handy printable.


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