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Caramel Bars

on October 21, 2015

This is the time of year when we need recipes that we can pull together quickly. School has started, the hunting season is upon us, and we’re off and running towards the holidays. Speaking of starting school, here is a picture of my mom and my uncle off to their first day of school in September of 1953.


They look pretty excited and ready to go!!! Seriously – they could be in a movie about the 1950’s! So cute!

Here is a recipe that is really easy to do in a hurry. This is another one that uses ready-made, ready-to-go ingredients that makes these bars an easy go-to recipe. It’s just one of those things – you must ALWAYS have a box of yellow cake mix available in your cupboard!! You have to. There are so many things to do with it. Just go ahead and have it always at the ready. This recipe has to go into the “Retro Oddities” category, just because of the cake mix thing. I’m pretty sure Grandma and her friends kept the baking companies in business throughout the 60’s and 70’s and 80’s. It’s amazing what recipes these people came up with – all incredibly easy and all incredibly good!!! Every one of them. It’s just amazing. These Caramel Bars are almost more like a butterscotch or butter pecan or butter brickle flavor, but man, are they delicious!

Caramel Bars

Amazing. Who’d have thought?

I actually found this recipe on the back of another one!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Caramel Bars

Combine until crumbly:

1 box yellow cake mix

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 egg

Press into greased 9″ x 13″ pan.

Beat together:

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir in:

1 cup pecans, chopped

1/2 cup Heath Brickle Toffee Bits

Pour over the base and spread on.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

Cool and cut.


So funny – the cake mix thing – but it works!


I just used my hand to pat down the bottom crust.


Before and after baking – the pecans get toasted and golden.


These are great for this time of year. Pecans and toffee are so great for the fall.


I have to say – I love these bars. They’re another really great treat to take anywhere and they’re really easy to do when you need something made fast. Try them with your afternoon – or after school – coffee or tea!







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