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Easy Cake Mix Caramel Bars - Caramel Bars with Cake Mix Recipe

Easy Cake Mix Caramel Bars were called Caramel Licks back in the day.  These caramel bars with caramel frosting are made using cake mix and are the perfect bar cookie to make for a quick dessert for the family or a pitch-in at work.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
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, caramel licks, easy caramel bars, yellow cake mix recipes
Servings: 24 Bars
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Caramel Bars

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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, eggs, caramel topping (1 cup), and hot water with mixer.
    Easy Cake Mix Caramel Bars were called Caramel Licks back in the day.  These caramel bars with caramel frosting are made using cake mix and are the perfect bar cookie to make for a quick dessert for the family or a pitch-in at work.
  • Spread evenly in the greased jelly roll pan.
    Easy Cake Mix Caramel Bars were called Caramel Licks back in the day.  These caramel bars with caramel frosting are made using cake mix and are the perfect bar cookie to make for a quick dessert for the family or a pitch-in at work.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
    Easy Cake Mix Caramel Bars were called Caramel Licks back in the day.  These caramel bars with caramel frosting are made using cake mix and are the perfect bar cookie to make for a quick dessert for the family or a pitch-in at work.
  • Meanwhile, mix powdered sugar, butter, 3 Tablespoons caramel topping and milk in mixer until smooth.
  • Once cake has cooled, spread caramel frosting evenly.
    Easy Cake Mix Caramel Bars were called Caramel Licks back in the day.  These caramel bars with caramel frosting are made using cake mix and are the perfect bar cookie to make for a quick dessert for the family or a pitch-in at work.

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.
  • Chopped pecans are optional. 
  • 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.
  • The original owner of these Caramel Licks say they taste even better as they sit - if they last that long!
  • Try our famous Gooey Bars with Yellow Cake mix