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Caramel-Pecan Dream Bars Recipe

Caramel-Pecan Dream Bars Recipe

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 YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • FILLING:
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup brickle toffee bits

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, butter and egg until crumbly. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • 2. In a small bowl, beat the milk, egg and vanilla until combined. Stir in pecans and toffee bits. Pour over crust.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional 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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Karen Mackley
Reviewed 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."

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michymah1
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2016

"do they need to be refrigerated."

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moneyladyjan
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

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

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jenisue
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016 Edited Mar. 4, 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!"

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batemanj
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

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

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AbuelaMary
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

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

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Michelle5472
Reviewed 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."

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sscovey
Reviewed 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."

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Chastaka
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016

"I made it for the staff at work & they all loved it. Very easy & quick to make."

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riley60
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"I substituted a gluten free yellow cake mix and had requests for the recipe from my GF friends. I baked the bars longer than the recipe says - about 27 - 30 minutes - and they still were gooey and delicious! Eager to try some chocolate chips with the brickle bits and pecans in the next batch."

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