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Chocolate-Caramel Bars

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Chocolate-Caramel Bars
  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 24
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Need a sweet bar cookie? Cake mix, oats, caramels and chocolate chips make this a super delicious treat.

Ingredients

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ devil's food cake mix
2/3
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
egg
2
cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1
bag (14 oz) caramels, unwrapped
1/4
cup milk
1/2
cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2
cup chopped pecans or walnuts, if desired

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Generously grease or spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan. In large bowl, beat cake mix, butter and egg with electric mixer on low speed until well mixed.
  • 2 Stir in oats until crumbly (use fingers if necessary). Reserve 1 cup cake mixture. Press remaining mixture in pan (use plastic wrap or waxed paper to press mixture if it is sticky).
  • 3 In heavy 2-quart saucepan, heat caramels and milk over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until melted. Pour over chocolate layer in pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans. Crumble reserved cake mixture into small pieces; sprinkle over top.
  • 4 Bake 24 to 29 minutes or until caramel bubbles along edges and cake mixture on top appears crisp and dry. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen bars. Cool completely, about 1 hour 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store tightly covered.
Tips  

Old-fashioned oats would be more visible in the bars than quick-cooking oats would be, but either works fine.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
230
(
Calories from Fat
80
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
14%
(
Saturated Fat
5g
24%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Sodium
230mg
10%
Potassium
120mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
34g
11%
(
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
,
Sugars
17g
)
Protein
3g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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