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Chewy Caramel Bars Recipe

Chewy Caramel Bars Recipe

From Harbor Beach, Michigan, Debra Davidson-Cregeur shares one of her favorite recipes. She writes, “There are always requests for this recipe wherever it goes!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 36 Rolo candies, halved


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, milk and butter until blended (batter will be thick). Stir in nuts. Press half of mixture into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set.
  • 2. Place candies, cut side down, over crust. Drop remaining batter by tablespoonfuls over the top. Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 173 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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december7 User ID: 3682228 148744
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"I wish I would have looked at the reviews and the corrected recipe before I made these bars. My copy of the recipe said to bake 15-20 minutes before placing candy on top . I baked them 15 minutes and guess what, they burned on the bottom. Also this is bland as is. I bought more Rolo candy and will be making some adjustments to the ingredient list."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 94985
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013 Edited May. 1, 2014

"This is a recipe I've turned to time and again! I've adjusted this recipe of course by adding 1/2 cup packed brown sugar & replacing the nuts with 1/2 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet), 1 tsp. vanilla extract & using 1/2 cup butter, melted. I also greased and floured the baking pan to allow for easier removal! This recipe is a winner! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

Teresa77469 User ID: 4356207 149418
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2012

"I just posted a review on these and forgot to click on the stars. I would give it a 4 star."

Teresa77469 User ID: 4356207 163242
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2012

"I just made these bars, and they tasted great. The batter is very sticky but once you get around that, its not too bad. I was going off of a copy of this recipe that a friend gave me so I did not have a photo of the finished bars, and in the instructions it does not say to put the rolo pieces on when its warm or when it has cooled down. So I put them on when the bottom part was right out of the oven. Once I put the top layer of cake batter down, I spread the whole thing out with a spatula which was really easy since they were warm. My only comment on that is, the filling got too flat and was hard to see it when they were cut. Tasted fine was would have like to see the actual layer of rolo. Making them again, I would let the bottom layer cool first, then put down the rolo's so it would be more defined. But they were good."

voodoowitch User ID: 635464 163868
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2012

"I made these in 2007 when I got my issue and I happened to be going through it and remembered how awful these were. They are not worth the effort it takes to try & spread out the batter and once cooked they cemented themselves to the pan. What a waste of ingredients."

dloan User ID: 4331321 163239
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"I loved these and so did my husband and my co-workers. The batter was thick, but if you spray a spatula with non-stick cooking spray and use that to spread the batter, it's much easier. I also lined my pan with foil completely, then a layer of parchment paper. I was able to lift out the foil and allow the bars to cool with virtually no clean up of the pan needed! Definitely making them again!"

CakePops User ID: 6257347 67491
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"The batter is way to thick and sticky and almost impossible to spread. I wouldn't make it again because of the frusteration. They don't taste bad but they are nothing special and I would not make them again."

ericajo2001 User ID: 5000271 149417
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"I was expecting these to be super easy to make, but instead they caused much frustration because the batter was so hard to spread. They tasted okay, but nothing special."

sam52687 User ID: 5814580 149414
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"When I made these they turned out more like a cake than a "bar"...they were super delicious and favorite of friends&family! easy to make!!"

housebunny715 User ID: 4567181 94846
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"The batter was extremely sticky and difficult to spread into the bottom of the pan. The melted caramel from the Rolos made them like cemented to the pan."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 102413
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

"The batter was very sticky and mine stuck to the pan even though I sprayed it with cooking spray, but they do taste good!"

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