Can't Leave Alone Bars Recipe
- 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.
1 each: 152 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 122mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
Reviews for Can't Leave Alone Bars
"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."
"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!!!!"
"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!!!"
"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!"
"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 all..it 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."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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!"
"Does anyone know if these can be frozen??????"
"easy and delicious!"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"These are great!"
"Awesome everyone loves them."
"Kids approved! They could not wait for it to cool down. I wish I could post a picture."
"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 :)"
"I made these to take to a church youth supper. They are rich so I cut them in very small pieces. Delicious!"
"The name doesn't lie!!!!!!! Yummy!!!!!!!"
"Super easy and incredibly delicious!"
"MMMM yummy scrummy! Ooey gooey deliciousness. You really can't leave these alone!"
"delicious for on the go and with no time to bake"
"I brought these to a party and they were a huge hit with all ages and very simple to make"
"The name says it all. I will probably try other cake mix flavors and other types of chips, for variety. Almost addicitve."
"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.."
"Always a winner"
"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."
"Thought I'd save some by putting them in the freezer, but they taste good frozen, too!"
"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.."
"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!"
"This really are amazing. easy to make and very tasty. Everyone loved them"
"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"
"This is my church's favorite dish for me to bring to potlucks!"
"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."
"These are so simple and beyond delicious! I only make them to take somewhere otherwise I would eat every bar myself!!!"
"Fantastic & simple! One of my family's new favorites."
"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."
"easy and yummo!"
"Not sweet enough for my taste."
"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."
"Good name for these bars!! Just cooled down and they are half gone already. Delicious, will be making these often."
"I make these quite frequently. You can't get much easier. Even my young nephews enjoy making them at home."
"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:)"
"So good! I added pecans to the top of the chocolate and served it still warm. It was the hit of our family reunion!"
"I made this for a carry in and everyone raved about them. One of the easiest things I have ever made..Yummy"