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Here’s one of my favorite decadent baked bar cookie recipes for parties.  These German Chocolate Caramel Bars are ooey, gooey and very rich, yet easy to make from a cake mix!

German Chocolate Caramel Bars

These chocolate cake bars will go quickly at any Cookie Exchange this year!

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This German Chocolate Caramel Bars recipe is a family favorite, passed down from one of my co-workers who’s long retired and moved on to sunny Florida.  Every time I make sweets I have fond memories of the parties and bake sales held at the office.

These cake mix bars are so sinful! My oldest daughter has a sweet tooth (she takes after her mom), but my hubby is known to make anything chocolate disappear too, as does charming son-in-law.

Treat the kids and grandkids and watch everyone ask for more!

Especially delicious as a dessert treat for your family, dinner guests or kids’ sports team celebrations. I recently made them with Duncan Hines Signature German Chocolate cake mix.

German Chocolate Caramel Bars

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German Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars

German Chocolate Caramel Bars Recipe

German Chocolate Caramel Bars

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes

2 Dozen

German Chocolate Caramel Bars


  • 1 pkg. Duncan Hines German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 -1/2 c. Nestle chocolate chips (1 bag)
  • 1 bag caramels (melt in top of double boiler)
  • 1 c. chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/3 c. Carnation evaporated milk
  • 3/4 c. melted Cabot butter
  • 1/3 c. Carnation evaporated milk


  1. Combine caramels and 1/3 c. evaporated milk in saucepan and melt. Set aside.
  2. Mix by hand: Cake mix, butter, 1/3 c. evaporated milk, and walnuts.
  3. Batter will be very thick.
  4. Spread 1/2 batter in greased 9x13 pan.
  5. Bake 350 for 6 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle chocolate chips over crust, drizzle caramel over mixture.
  7. Spread remaining batter over it (use hands if necessary).
  8. Return to oven for 18-10 min.
  9. Cool and refrigerate 30 min. to set caramel then cut.
  10. Can use Swiss Chocolate cake mix.
  11. Put cookie sheet underneath pan when baking.


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