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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 white cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Drop teaspoonfuls of remaining cake mixture over top. Bake 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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Michelle User ID: 9174475 266228
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."

thaicooker User ID: 2076897 265190
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!!!!"

JerseyGal262 User ID: 2998914 265002
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!!!"

erinshea1982 User ID: 7151030 262036
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!!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 262008
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!"

JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 261514
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."

lynn91 User ID: 8931604 253953
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."

MLXY User ID: 8930653 253895
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"I honestly created an account on this website solely to complain about this recipe. There is no way it can be correct. The first step failed me twice. The cake mixture is sticky like glue and there is literally no way on earth to "press" it in to the pan, let alone a 13x9" pan! There was no way the mixture was enough to line that size pan. I've been able to salvage most baking recipes that don't turn out, but this one is a lost cause and was a total waste of money spent. I wish I could give zero stars."

Apbrocks User ID: 5844700 253630
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

"These are easy to make, and very delicious. I used a yellow cake mix, and flattened out the dough I used on top for more even coverage. Be sure not to over bake."

Alice1943 User ID: 7427889 247393
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2016

"These bars have to go, mine just was awful, I will never make them again. The chocolate all went to the bottom, where did I go wrong. It is hard to get out the of pan. Down the disposable they go. Alice"

Kitabug User ID: 8785941 244559
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"If there was a way to give a recipe negative 5 stars I would. This is absolutely AWFUL. Tastes terrible, downright terrible!! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out like crap. Disgusting flavor."

[email protected] User ID: 7134152 238312
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015

"Very Good! No problems, except sometimes different brands of cake mix make it turn out a bit different, but I am still trying to weed out the brands of mix I didn't like. Just be sure not to overcook, and these will fly out of the pan!"

cee-jay User ID: 1579946 235068
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2015

"Does anyone know if these can be frozen??????"

merrikat User ID: 759638 230913
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"easy and delicious!"

sec33 User ID: 8462291 230250
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2015

"awful! I followed the recipe to the tee and there wasnt enough batter to line a 13x9 pan, you almost have to double the recipe just to get enough batter. I also found there wasnt enough liquid for the batter so it was very hard and dry-i dont know what others did that i didnt do to make this a good recipe but i wouldnt make it again!"

momof3eees User ID: 1060063 229277
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2015

"Nothing special. I was looking forward to these based on the reviews. Usually anything made with sweetened condensed milk is delicious. Baked until golden brown , but the bars were mushy."

Banjoboy User ID: 2646947 228946
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"I followed the recipe except used butterscotch chips...OMG are they sticky.....I can't believe just changing that would make them so darn sticky."

LisaM80 User ID: 6990170 228670
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2015

"These are great!"

LindaFranz User ID: 6123695 226418
Reviewed May. 16, 2015

"Awesome everyone loves them."

Twich User ID: 4266391 225418
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2015

"I thought these were very ordinary. I made them as written and found no depth of flavor, just chocolate and white cake. They were easy to make though. If I make them again, I will add other ingredients like nuts and/or coconut."

PaceBar User ID: 8316256 223983
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2015

"Took these to the Wednesday Night Church Ladies meeting and the ladies loved them. quick and easy, they are delicious. I'm so glad I held a couple out at home for a midnight snack. xoxo"

Geniemai User ID: 8177817 215659
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"Kids approved! They could not wait for it to cool down. I wish I could post a picture."

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 214514
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"These were quick, easy and very good. Instead of dropping the remaining dough on top of the chocolate layer, I took varying sized pieces of dough, rolled into balls, flattened, then put all over the top. The resultant effect looked like cute polka dots, which delighted both the adults and children at the party I brought it to. Will definitely be making these again :)"

danali2001 User ID: 2512314 89198
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"I made these to take to a church youth supper. They are rich so I cut them in very small pieces. Delicious!"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 29249
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"The name doesn't lie!!!!!!! Yummy!!!!!!!"

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 33814
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2014

"Super easy and incredibly delicious!"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 82925
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

"MMMM yummy scrummy! Ooey gooey deliciousness. You really can't leave these alone!"

dalajohnson User ID: 824065 47605
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"delicious for on the go and with no time to bake"

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 43881
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"This is the recipe for someone like me that doesn't bake much. I had butterscotch chips here at the time and used them, they were great. Will try chocolate chips next time and there will be a next time!"

jasonnsandy User ID: 4675012 29422
Reviewed May. 26, 2014

"I brought these to a party and they were a huge hit with all ages and very simple to make"

yassmin2 User ID: 7402746 29421
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013


Dottie 63 User ID: 5691979 34476
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"The name says it all. I will probably try other cake mix flavors and other types of chips, for variety. Almost addicitve."

Dreamluv User ID: 2396957 82924
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"My family and friends love these bars. I still get request for these on my facebook page and I have even made some profit from these. I experimented with different varieties, like adding pecans to the mixture, I have made white chocolate, and I have also added almonds.. These bars are unforgettable and they always get gone even when I make two pans at a time.."

LibraryGirl27 User ID: 7251622 76404
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"Always a winner"

nanjana User ID: 2597491 33813
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2013

"I have been making these since the recipe was first published! Someone always asks for the recipe! If you want them even more chocolatey and rich, use a chocolate cake mix! YUMMY"

MrsJ_Jasman User ID: 7115722 33812
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013


kacylynn User ID: 2810964 34472
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"I make these every year for the holidays..always a hit but very, very rich. Because of this I make sure to cut the bars very small in size."

bake4all User ID: 2167240 83560
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"Thought I'd save some by putting them in the freezer, but they taste good frozen, too!"

mousejockey2 User ID: 4745700 27946
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"quick, easy and best of all delicious! took to a social gathering and they disapeared real fast. will definetly make again and again, probably try chocolate or devils food cake mix. I used yellow cake mix first time."

Mommajozy User ID: 5830003 34468
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

"Can vary cake flavor and chip flavor, like choc cake mix and peanut butter chips; or yellow or spice cake with butterscotch chips.... Can add coconut, or nuts anywhere here !! % min to make, 20 to bake !!! easy and FANTASTIC !!!!!"

terre89 User ID: 1108957 47604
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"These are so good and easy to. They're great for bake sales or school events. This one is a keeper."

Dreamluv User ID: 2396957 83462
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"I get so many request for these. I have tried them with white chocolate chips and adding chopped pecans.. My family and friends are always requesting them.."

aperfe22 User ID: 4882052 29417
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"I found these in a Taste of Home cookbook I received for my wedding and have made them several times. Each time I've made them, they were a hit! So good and moist - and easy to make! Definitely will make them many more times and would like to try to reverse the recipe like another reviewer mentioned - sounds interesting!"

gingerriss User ID: 4959883 34467
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"This really are amazing. easy to make and very tasty. Everyone loved them"

[email protected] User ID: 3102613 108184
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2011

"I have been making this since it first came out in quick Cooking. It's easy and great for bake sales (not too gooey) and it disappears quickly. Even my young nephews asked for the recipe when they started baking."

Bakernut User ID: 6110477 33809
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011

"I love this recipe, it's fast and easy to make. I did experiment and reversed the recipe, chocolate cake Mix with White chocolate Chips mixed with a little Unsweetened Coconut...Both versions were a great hit"

keverwann User ID: 1807985 74924
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2011

"My chocolate layer switched places with my cake layer so I ended up with a gooey mess on the bottom and mostly raw cake on the top. Anyone know what happened?

All I did different was use milk chocolate instead of semisweet."

zonya martin User ID: 5858797 76401
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"I've made these bars twice now for my sons hockey team and they've eaten the whole pan !!! I've also recieved recipe requests as well. Very easy to make and YUMMY"

tinliz_e User ID: 5769023 29248
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"This is my church's favorite dish for me to bring to potlucks!"

jodiw User ID: 1502707 76398
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"I personally didn't LOVE these, but I think that's my own fault. I was craving more of a cookie-type crust, and this is a cake-type crust. I took half the pan to a party on Saturday; they completely disappeared. Then I took the other half to a family get-together on Sunday and came home with an empty pan. So I "liked" them, but other people LOVED them."

sg11505 User ID: 846816 89197
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"These are so simple and beyond delicious! I only make them to take somewhere otherwise I would eat every bar myself!!!"

Lparmoc1 User ID: 5348237 34465
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"Fantastic & simple! One of my family's new favorites."

jrait User ID: 4927116 27943
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2010

"Just made these for the 1st time to take to a party and eveyone loved them. Had several requests for the recipe. I added a cup of Skor pieces over the nuts and then added a chocolate drizzle of the top. Will be making these many more times."

iamamomof6 User ID: 5393126 83367
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"easy and yummo!"

myndilori User ID: 2231701 70107
Reviewed May. 5, 2010

"I have made these several times and everyone has always loved them. I love the fact that they are so super easy to make. This is definately a favorite in my bar cookie recipe collection!"

robertalea User ID: 2806672 33806
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"Not sweet enough for my taste."

bethar User ID: 3343351 82922
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2009

"I'm not sure if these bars are what I expected them to be. They ended up looking kind of funny after dropping in the final cake mixture. I figured that part would "spread" during the baking process, but it didn't. It stayed all bunched up in sections. I wondered if I should have run a knife through the final cake mixture to kind of marble it throughout the chocolate mixture. I also had to cook them for over 30 minutes to get them cooked in the middle. The chocolate part was still pretty soft. The bars themselves are tasty...pretty rich. We're enjoying them this time."

lssrls User ID: 1447889 29415
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2009

"Good name for these bars!! Just cooled down and they are half gone already. Delicious, will be making these often."

[email protected] User ID: 3102613 83366
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2009 Edited Aug. 17, 2011

"I make these quite frequently. You can't get much easier. Even my young nephews enjoy making them at home."

Notty User ID: 3166873 83357
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2008

"Absolutetly loved these bars.....will try with nuts next time, but they disappeared and have had two requests for the recipe.........we'll see if I share:)"

ruesae User ID: 1599905 34463
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2008

"So good! I added pecans to the top of the chocolate and served it still warm. It was the hit of our family reunion!"

monkeysaunt71 User ID: 3204508 43880
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2008

"I made this for a carry in and everyone raved about them. One of the easiest things I have ever made..Yummy"

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