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Caramel-Pecan Dream Bars

These ooey-gooey cake bars that pull ever so gently from the pan and hold a firm cut are a baker’s dream come true. —Cay Keppers, Nisswa, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup brickle toffee bits


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, butter and egg until crumbly. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • In a small bowl, beat milk, egg and vanilla until combined. Stir in pecans and toffee bits. Pour over crust.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 239 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.
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  • avelina2007
    Dec 21, 2019

    These bars were wonderful. I changed the butter to 1/3 cup. Definitely will make these again!

  • Karen Mackley
    Oct 16, 2017

    I followed the recipe to a tee - baked them 25 minutes, covered and refrigerated them. In the morning when I went to cut them FOR CHURCH - it was a pan of "soup". Very disappointed in this recipe - obviously, something along the way went wrong! Perhaps the base should be baked 15 minutes or so first - but why didn't they set up? I ended up baking chocolate chip cookies at 6:30 a.m. to save face.

  • Paula
    Jul 16, 2017

    No comment left

  • michymah1
    Jul 28, 2016

    do they need to be refrigerated.

  • moneyladyjan
    Mar 13, 2016

    So good and super easy to make. Would definitely make again for sure.

  • jenisue
    Mar 3, 2016

    this was delicious- would make again = tasted like pecan pie-- gave a scoop of ice cream on side -- every one said they liked and some asked for recipe... I did bake a few minutes longer and used 1/2 walnuts with the pecans.... added about 1/4 cup toffee bits over top too-- a winner!

  • batemanj
    Feb 25, 2016

    Very yummy! I would change the name to "OOEY-GOOEY CAKE BARS" as described in the intro box.

  • AbuelaMary
    Feb 24, 2016

    Just wondering where the Caramel is that is mentioned on the recipe name?

  • Michelle5472
    Feb 17, 2016

    these were okay. very sweet and almost had the taste of not cooked, but I think that's how they are supposed to be. I cooked mine even longer than the time stated. Probably would not make again.

  • sscovey
    Feb 16, 2016

    Very good and easy! Sweet and rich! Good with a cup of coffee! I baked for 25 mins. Would bake 30 mins next time. Not quite done in the middle. Would also try other reviewers tip to sprinkle chocolate chips on top after taking out of oven.