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Caramel Chip Bars

It's fun to take a yellow cake mix and create something that is this rich and wonderful. We like eating the bars when they are cold, right out of the refrigerator. They're ideal with a tall glass of milk. -LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 32 caramels
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup vanilla or white chips
  • 1 Heath candy bar (1.4 ounces), chopped

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the butter, caramels and milk; cook and stir over medium-low heat until smooth. Cool.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, oil and eggs until blended. Stir in chips and chopped candy bar (dough will be stiff).
  • Press three-fourths into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Place on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Pour caramel mixture over the crust. Drop remaining dough by spoonfuls onto caramel layer. Bake for 25-30 minutes longer or until edges are golden brown.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes; run a knife around edges of pan. Cool 40 minutes longer; cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 391 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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