Thursday, January 30, 2014

One Big Delicious Mess or Chewy Caramel Bars



You can’t win them all.  Most recipes start out with the best intentions.  I say most, because there are quite a few recipes with green peppers and they don’t stand a chance.  You could say this recipe turned out to a something only a mother could love, and I loved it.  Too much.  What it lacked for in the looks department, it more than made up for it in personality. 


Here is a quick dessert after dinner during the week or something to take to a bake sale.  In fact, I found the recipe in the “Taste of Home” cookbook “Bake Sale Recipe” cards.  Chewy Caramel Bars has 5 ingredients.  That’s it!  Five!  Gabriel gave me a hand in the kitchen practicing his cutting and his counting.  The recipe calls for 36 Rolos, I think we had 35 by the time he was done.  The bars feed a crowd and smell absolutely delicious baking. 


If you would like to make your bars a little bit more presentable, I would suggest spreading the top layer of batter over the Rolo candies.  The recipe said to drop the batter in tablespoons.  I did that and the batter didn’t spread like it should have.  Ugly, but absolutely delicious!  Give these a try and let me know what you think!


Chewy Caramel Bars


1 package yellow cake mix

1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)

36 Rolo candies, halved


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray the bottom of a 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.

2.  In a bowl, beat the cake mix, milk and butter until blended.  The batter will be extremely thick.


3.  Press half of the cake mix into the bottom of the prepared pan.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until set.


4.  Place the candies cut side down on the crust.


5.  Drop and spread remaining batter over the top of the candies.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.  Cool on a rack and cut into bars.


Makes 2 dozen bars

163 calories per serving, 21.8 grams of carbohydrates, 8.7 grams of fat, 1.9 grams of protein.

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