These Easy Cake Mix Caramel Bars are the perfect bar cookie to make for a quick dessert for the family or a pitch-in at work.
A good family friend gave Barbara a recipe book of her favorite recipes as a wedding gift. Barbara claims it is the Best Gift Ever!
This recipe is really what this blog is meant to be…an opportunity for Barbara and I to share some of our favorite recipes from family, friends and our favorite old cookbooks!
Easy Cake Mix Caramel Bars
These Easy Cake Mix Caramel Bars are fast and easy. You could change up the flavor by using a chocolate cake mix and hot fudge as the topping or maybe peanut butter.
Barbara suggests a couple of essential tools for making these bar cookies.
First, a jelly roll pan. We use a 15.25 inch by 10.25 inch pan but there are several options that are about the same size. Both Barbara and I have a jelly pan roll with a lid which makes it super easy to store and transport your bar cookies!
Second, a flat icing spatula. A flat icing spatula works great to spread both the thick batter AND the caramel icing too.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 cup pecans chopped (optional)
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup caramel topping
- 2 Tablespoons hot water
- Caramel Frosting
- 1 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup butter softened
- 3 Tablespoons caramel topping
- 2 Tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Spray or grease a jelly roll pan. To make cleanup easy, line with parchment paper.
Combine cake mix, pecans, shortening, caramel topping (1 cup), and hot water with mixer.
Spread evenly in the greased jelly roll pan.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix powdered sugar, butter, 3 Tablespoons caramel topping and milk in mixer until smooth.
Once cake has cooled, spread caramel frosting evenly.
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