Caramel-Pecan Dream Bars Recipe
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Caramel-Pecan Dream Bars Recipe

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These ooey-gooey cake bars that pull ever so gently from the pan and hold a firm cut are a baker’s dream come true. —Cay Keppers, Nisswa, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup brickle toffee bits

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 239 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, butter and egg until crumbly. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  2. In a small bowl, beat milk, egg and vanilla until combined. Stir in pecans and toffee bits. Pour over crust.
  3. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Caramel-Pecan Dream Bars in Simple & Delicious October/November 2011, p43

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michymah1 User ID: 6110536 251962
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2016

"do they need to be refrigerated."

moneyladyjan User ID: 7944043 245396
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"So good and super easy to make. Would definitely make again for sure."

jenisue User ID: 1194060 244849
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016 Edited Mar. 4, 2016

"this was delicious- would make again = tasted like pecan pie-- gave a scoop of ice cream on side -- every one said they liked and some asked for recipe... I did bake a few minutes longer and used 1/2 walnuts with the pecans.... added about 1/4 cup toffee bits over top too-- a winner!"

batemanj User ID: 4521827 244440
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"Very yummy! I would change the name to "OOEY-GOOEY cake BARS" as described in the intro box."

AbuelaMary User ID: 5583291 244376
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"Just wondering where the Caramel is that is mentioned on the recipe name?"

Michelle5472 User ID: 6503098 244010
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"these were okay. very sweet and almost had the taste of not cooked, but I think that's how they are supposed to be. I cooked mine even longer than the time stated. Probably would not make again."

sscovey User ID: 8108644 243960
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"Very good and easy! Sweet and rich! Good with a cup of coffee! I baked for 25 mins. Would bake 30 mins next time. Not quite done in the middle. Would also try other reviewers tip to sprinkle chocolate chips on top after taking out of oven."

Chastaka User ID: 8091827 243691
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016

"I made it for the staff at work & they all loved it. Very easy & quick to make."

riley60 User ID: 2995546 243613
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"I substituted a gluten free yellow cake mix and had requests for the recipe from my GF friends. I baked the bars longer than the recipe says - about 27 - 30 minutes - and they still were gooey and delicious! Eager to try some chocolate chips with the brickle bits and pecans in the next batch."

44dms User ID: 6005808 243592
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"I used Butter Pecan cake mix and this was incredible!!"

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