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Can’t Leave Alone Bars

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
    3 dozen


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drop teaspoonfuls of remaining cake mixture over top. Bake until lightly browned, 20-25 minutes. Cool before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 152 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 122mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Nancy
    Dec 24, 2020

    Have been making these for years and a favorite. Question: For someone smarter than me with have any of you adjusted the recipe to accommodate the smaller size cake mixes they are now selling? I always forget until I end up with a batter that is runnier than it should be. They usually taste ok but there is a difference. Anyone?

  • 2124arizona
    Nov 3, 2020

    A very easy recipe to fix and we love them. I will fix these again.

  • AKEmily
    Apr 23, 2020

    My family loves these bars. My teen brought some to school to share, and her friends bugged for more. My kids pretend they are addicted to these. I've made them twice now; the first time I accidentally burned them (my fault), but they still tasted amazing. In fact, the second time, even though they turned out lightly browned, I decided I'd rather they be darker than lighter. So next time I'll let them get deep brown.

  • MJ
    Jan 9, 2020

    The recipe was wonderful! I have made these for years. The only time I didn't like them is when I used a chocolate cake mix. They weren't as tasty as using a yellow or white cake mix. #1 key to success is using the dry cake mix, then add eggs and oil. You DON'T mix up the cake mix according to the package directions and then add the other stuff to it. Also, I have used store brands with no effect on taste or ease of making them. These are so delicious that is hard to eat only ONE!

  • saycindy
    Dec 4, 2019

    Made these for years. Super easy and everyone loves them. Where where they originally featured, anyone know???

  • jahomey
    Aug 1, 2019

    I have been making these for years and with rave reviews every does take some effort to spread in the pan but it does fit a 9x13. I have found that you MUST use a name brand high quality sweetened condensed milk for success ,store brands have only produced a messy end product.use a good cake mix too. to those who didn’t like this you must be doing something wrong.

  • D.
    Jun 14, 2019

    I really just wanted to say hi to Mrs. Biel. I grew up in Selby! Of course that was a long time ago, but I still have a brother (and his wife) who live in Selby. I had a wonderful childhood there, and you'll never know how many times I wish I could turn back the hands of time. My Dad owned a large ranch just south of Selby but we lived in town because of school, etc., and because my grandparents lived to be quite elderly and they lived on the farm until the mid 1970's. It's always great to see recipes submitted by people from that area of the country.

  • Marianna
    Feb 9, 2019

    So easy to make so rich to eat thanks for sharing

  • PfaffR
    Jan 21, 2018

    Everyone who tastes these loves them. I make them with Butterscotch chips and they are so good. Made these for my daughter's boyfriend for Christmas and he said they were the best gift ever, he calls them Leave my bars alone!! Very easy to make too.

  • Amyhdrn
    Aug 25, 2017

    Only the chocolate part is tasty. As a family we did not like this. The cake mix part of it overwhelmed the chocolate part.