10/21/07

Caramel Pecan Bars with a Cake Mix

After a very, very long day I sat down at the computer and started to surf for some 'bar' ideas. This one caught my eye - for whatever reason it sounded delicious to me! I think it's because I'm a big fan of the coconut pecan frosting! It also calls for a French Vanilla cake mix, which is interesting to me. Why? Because I've tried the French Vanilla Cake mix as a 'cake' previously and didn't care for it. I've never bought one since. But this bar recipe might just be worth buying it again.



French Caramel Pecan Bars


3/4 c butter, melted
1 pkg French vanilla cake mix
1 egg
2 1/2 c quick cooking rolled oats
1 can caramel pecan of coconut pecan frosting
1 12oz pkg (2 c) chocolate chips
1/2 c chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350º. Spray 15x10x1" baking pan with non stick cooking spray. Place melted butter in large bowl. Reserve 3 tbs of the cake mix and set aside. Add remaining cake mix to butter; blend well. Add egg; mix well. Stir in oats. Press 2/3 of cake mix mixture in bottom of sprayed pan.

Place frosting in medium microwave safe bowl; microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Add reserved 3 tbsp cake mix; stir until lumps disappear.

Drizzle half of the frosting mixture over cake mix mixture in pan; spread evenly. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans. Drizzle with remaining frosting mixture. Crumble remain cake mix mixture over frosting mixture.

Bake at 350º for 25 to 30 minutes until top is golden brown and edges are bubbly. Cool 1 1/2 hours or until completely cooled. Cut into bars.

Makes 48 bars.

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