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Easy Cake Mix Caramel Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

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.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake mix caramel bar cookies, cake mix caramel bars, caramel bars with cake mix, caramel bars with yellow cake mix, easy caramel bars, yellow cake mix recipes
Servings: 1 cake
Author: Barbara
  • 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
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Spray or grease a jelly roll pan. To make cleanup easy, line with parchment paper.
  3. Combine cake mix, pecans, shortening, caramel topping (1 cup), and hot water with mixer.
  4. Spread evenly in the greased jelly roll pan.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, mix powdered sugar, butter, 3 Tablespoons caramel topping and milk in mixer until smooth.
  7. Once cake has cooled, spread caramel frosting evenly.
Recipe Notes
  • For easy transfer and cutting of the bars, line the jelly roll pan with parchment paper. 
  • These easy caramel bars use jarred caramel topping.  The jar will be divided between the bars and the icing. 
  • Caramel bars with cake mix make a huge pan; these are perfect for a pitch in. 
  • Let the easy caramel bars cool completely before icing. 
  • Try our famous Gooey Bars with Yellow Cake mix.