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, trace 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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Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

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

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!"

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

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

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

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

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."

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