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German Chocolate Caramel Bars Recipe

I get at least one recipe request every time I take these cookies to a church potluck. The caramel and cream cheese filling is a winner. —Hazel Baldner, Austin, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 15 min. YIELD:36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 egg
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine cake mix and oats; cut in butter until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup. Stir egg into remaining oat mixture (mixture will be crumbly).
  • 2. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • 3. In a small bowl, beat the filling ingredients until smooth; spread over crust. For topping, in a small bowl, combine the pecans, brown sugar, oats, butter and reserved oat mixture until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling.
  • 4. Bake 15 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate until firm before cutting. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 148 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 155 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.