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, 0 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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Michelle User ID: 9174475 266228
Reviewed May. 23, 2017

"I have made this recipe twice and everyone loves it. I saw that some people were having trouble "spreading the dough". I sprayed PAM on a spatula and it spread great! I also put flour on my hands when I was doing the second part. I had nothing but rave reviews on this recipe."

thaicooker User ID: 2076897 265190
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2017

"This is a great recipe! I used a French Vanilla cake mix, as I did not have a white mix on hand. I thought the dough was sticky, but patience is always the answer, and a bit of flour on my hands as I pushed it into place.....I think I may add some nuts into the chocolate mixture next time. I made a batch and gave it to the PUD linemen, after they worked into the dark to restore our power last week! I will surely make this recipe again!!!!"

JerseyGal262 User ID: 2998914 265002
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2017

"Nothing wrong with the recipe!! I make them exactly as written and they are wonderful to take to a church coffee hour or any time you need to bring a treat. They have been my favorite for years and I have never been disappointed. The original recipe says to make 48, and they are rich so I make 48 pieces. Everyone loves them!!!"

erinshea1982 User ID: 7151030 262036
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2017

"This recipe was fabulous! I needed a quick dessert for a pot luck lunch, and these were just right! Super fast and easy! Will be making again soon!!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 262008
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2017

"I sampled these bars after cutting them. I found that I did need to add liquid to batter-the consistency was VERY thick before I added about 1/2 to 3/4 cup milk for a much easier spreading consistency-that was my only ingredient change. I used stove top for making chocolate filling and baked 20 to 30 minutes-I did find these bars quite good!"

JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 261514
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2017

"Great fast dessert. I used a 15.25oz cake mix. I baked mine in a 9x9 for 25 minutes because I wanted a thicker bar. Definitely will make again with other flavors."

lynn91 User ID: 8931604 253953
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2016

"Nothing wrong with these! easy to make and tasty, good for a potluck. I'm not sure why some people have a problem with dough being too sticky, it wasn't like that for me at was the perfect consistency and exactly the right amount... maybe they are making the cake mix like the box tells them to and then adding it to this recipe? You just add the powder, ignore the box! I used Betty Crocker white cake mix. Also, I found it was A LOT easier/cleaner/faster to melt the chocolate/butter on the stove. The microwave was a mess and doesn't evenly melt together since the butter melts so much faster than the chocolate chips."

MLXY User ID: 8930653 253895
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"I honestly created an account on this website solely to complain about this recipe. There is no way it can be correct. The first step failed me twice. The cake mixture is sticky like glue and there is literally no way on earth to "press" it in to the pan, let alone a 13x9" pan! There was no way the mixture was enough to line that size pan. I've been able to salvage most baking recipes that don't turn out, but this one is a lost cause and was a total waste of money spent. I wish I could give zero stars."

Apbrocks User ID: 5844700 253630
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

"These are easy to make, and very delicious. I used a yellow cake mix, and flattened out the dough I used on top for more even coverage. Be sure not to over bake."

Alice1943 User ID: 7427889 247393
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"

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