Recipe: Chewy chocolate caramel bars

This super easy dessert uses caramel candies and chocolate cake mix. Make it for a work party or as a sweet snack for the kids.


1 package 2-layer-size German chocolate cake mix
3/4 cup butter, melted 
1 5 - ounce can (2/3 cup) evaporated milk
1 14 - ounce package vanilla caramels, unwrapped
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces

- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside.
In large bowl, combine cake mix, melted butter and 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spread half the dough in prepared baking pan; set aside remaining dough. In a heavy large saucepan combine caramels and remaining 1/3 cup evaporated milk.

- Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted and smooth. Pour evenly over dough layer in pan. Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate pieces. Crumble remaining dough evenly over nuts and chocolate pieces.

- Bake for 25 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 48 bars.


- Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe courtesy of MidwestLiving