Friday, June 16, 2023

German Chocolate Caramel Bars | Cake Mix | Bar Cookies Recipe

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 Turtle Bars

Cake Mix Cookie Bars

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. You'll enjoy these every season of the year, for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day picnics, summer cookouts, during the winter holidays, birthday parties and even after Sunday dinner! 

German Chocolate Caramel Bars Cake Mix Bar Cookies Recipe

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 usually made them with Duncan Hines Signature German Chocolate cake mix, if I can find it.  

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Bars Cake Mix Bars

Clean-Up is easy with my crochet handmade dish cloths at my Moomettes shop!

Handmade Cotton Dish Cloths

Check out my recipe for Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce or Cake Mix Cookie Recipes

Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

German Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars

Mixing Bowl
Wooden Spoon
Sheet Pan
Cookie Sheet
Cooling Rack


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

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

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