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Can't Leave Alone Bars Recipe

Can't Leave Alone Bars Recipe

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 YIELD:36 servings


  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) white cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, cubed


  • 1. In a bowl, combine the dry cake mix, eggs and oil. With floured hands, press two-thirds of the mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Set remaining cake mixture aside.
  • 2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk, chocolate chips and butter. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave 45-60 seconds longer or until chips and butter are melted; stir until smooth. Pour over crust.
  • 3. Drop by teaspoonfuls of remaining cake mixture over top. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 152 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 122mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Aug. 14, 2017

"easy to make. Wonderful to eat!"

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."

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!!!!"

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!!!"

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!!"

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!"

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."

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."

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