Can't Leave Alone Bars Recipe
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Can't Leave Alone Bars Recipe

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Convenient cake mix hurries along the preparation of these tasty bars. I bring these quick-and-easy treats to church meetings, potlucks and housewarming parties. I often make a double batch so we can enjoy some at home. —Kimberly Biel, Java, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 152 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 122mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (15g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs and oil. Press two-thirds of the mixture into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Set remaining cake mixture aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk, chocolate chips and butter. Microwave, uncovered, until chips and butter are melted; stir until smooth. Pour over crust.
  3. Drop teaspoonfuls of remaining cake mixture over top. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Can't Leave Alone Bars in Quick Cooking January/February 2001, p10

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Reviewed Apr. 23, 2016

"These bars have to go, mine just was awful, I will never make them again. The chocolate all went to the bottom, where did I go wrong. It is hard to get out the of pan. Down the disposable they go. Alice"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"If there was a way to give a recipe negative 5 stars I would. This is absolutely AWFUL. Tastes terrible, downright terrible!! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out like crap. Disgusting flavor."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015

"Very Good! No problems, except sometimes different brands of cake mix make it turn out a bit different, but I am still trying to weed out the brands of mix I didn't like. Just be sure not to overcook, and these will fly out of the pan!"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2015

"Does anyone know if these can be frozen??????"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"Easy and delicious!"

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