Caramel Layer Bars – rich and chocolate brownie filled with chocolate chips and gooey caramel. You will not be able to stay away from them!
I think that desserts that you grew up with are probably the best. My mom always made me chocolate cream cake
for my birthday dessert as a kid. I still ask for it today. And when you went to grandma’s house and always had Fudge Nut bars
or something else there. You have fond memories of it. Well today, these caramel layer bars are straight from my grandma.
My grandma baked a few desserts that I can remember always being at her house. In the fall it was Apple Bars
. The rest of the year, it was these caramel layer bars. They were a huge hit, and my mom made them at home too. When I had my first apartment in college, I remember making them often as well.
My husband, who doesn’t like chocolate, has always liked these. He used to request them when we were first married. That gooey caramel layer will sucker just about anyone in! These caramel layer bars were one of the first recipes I shared on the blog when I started, and today I am updating the pictures and sharing them with you again. They are just too good to miss.
The base is a box cake mix. I am sure you could make a homemade brownie or something, but sometimes you just have to trust Grandma, and use the box mix. Plus, it makes it so easy to make! The recipe calls for a German chocolate cake mix. I am sure others would work, I would just be careful with the ones that have added chocolate chips, or say they have pudding in the mix. I would worry they might be too moist or gooey to stand up to the caramel.
I have noticed that over the years, they have shrunk the size of a bag of caramels. When I first started making this, a 14 oz bag was standard. Now, it is 11 oz. Up to you what you want to do there. I opted to buy a 2nd bag and use some of it. It really isn’t an exact science, so if you don’t want the 2nd bag, 11 oz will work just fine!
I have seen these caramel layer bars around with many names, but I am sticking with the one I grew up with. If you grew up in the Mid West, hopefully these will bring back fond memories for you too!
14 oz caramels, unwrapped
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix
3/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup evaportated milk
1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spary a 13x9 inch baking sheet with non-stick spray, or line with foil.
- Melt caramel and 2/3 cup evaporated milk, let cool slightly.
- Combine Cake mix, ¾ cup butter, and 1/3 cup milk. Mix well. Put half of mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 6 minutes.
- Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup chocolate chips.
- Spread caramel mixture of the chocolate chips.
- Crumble the remaining dough over the caramel.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before serving.
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 21mgSodium 102mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 2g
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