Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars

Chocolate cake batter is just as delicious as the ever popular birthday cake batter! These simple bars taste just like chocolate cake batter and since they’re slightly underbaked, they stay gooey and soft! The Rolo candies just take them over the top!

Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars recipe

I know. You’re looking at these bars and you’re thinking, “Really? Brownies? Big deal.”

Y’all. These are not brownies.

I repeat, these are not brownies.

Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars recipe

Also, what type of person would look at a brownie and think “big deal” anyway? A bad person. That’s who.

These bars are gooey, decadent bars made from a box of devil’s food cake mix. They taste like chocolate cake batter with big bites of melty caramel scattered throughout.

Basically, these are a really rich, chewy, gooey cake bar. You’re gonna want some milk. And a pair of stretchy pants. Also, probably some privacy, because if you attack these bars like I did, things could get embarrassing.

Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars recipe

I love stupid simple desserts like this, don’t you?

Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars recipe

Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars recipe

Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars recipePrint Recipe

Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars

These bars are slightly underbaked to keep them moist and gooey. They might look like brownies, but they taste like chocolate cake batter!

Yield: 12 bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Ingredients:

1 box devil's food chocolate cake mix
1/4 cup melted butter
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 1/4 cup Rolo candies

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 7x11 baking dish with nonstick spray.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the dry cake mix, melted butter, egg, and milk until well combined.
Stir in the Rolo candies.
Use an off-set spatula to spread the batter into the prepared pan. The batter will be very sticky and somewhat difficult to spread.
Bake for 18 minutes exactly. The bars may look a bit underdone, but they will set as they cool.
Cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting.

 

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37 Responses to “Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars”

  1. Belinda @themoonblushbaker August 2, 2013 @ 5:50 am (#
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    I need to get my self a box of cake mix now! I have never made brownies from cake mix but the fudgy texture of these bar is too good to turn down.

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  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 2, 2013 @ 6:28 am (#
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    I want these bars forever and for always…love!

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  3. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen August 2, 2013 @ 7:07 am (#
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    Anything ooey and gooey is just calling my name! I love that these use a shortcut with the cake mix base. And the caramel? Makes everything better. LOVE.

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  4. Tieghan August 2, 2013 @ 7:12 am (#
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    Lately I have been loving adding caramel to all my desserts! It is just so sweet and salty and so good. These bars are calling my name! Yummy!

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  5. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) August 2, 2013 @ 7:43 am (#
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    Oh my crap.

    holy sweetness.

    chocolate hooray!

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  6. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 2, 2013 @ 8:37 am (#
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    These look insanely good!!

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  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks August 2, 2013 @ 8:48 am (#
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    These look so good! I have a recipe on my site I called Caramel & Chocolate Gooey Bars. But they’re more of a ‘blondie’ than a brownie b/c I used brown sugar and oats as the base with choc chips rather than using a brownie base like yours. I want a big piece of yours!

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  8. Marcie August 2, 2013 @ 9:26 am (#
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    If these were in my house right now, I’d eat ‘em for breakfast!

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  9. Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King August 2, 2013 @ 12:19 pm (#
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    These look divine. And so easy! Yum.

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  10. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 2, 2013 @ 1:22 pm (#
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    I mean, I’m a traditional girl and all, but I don’t think it would be out of line to propose marriage to these bars. I want them for life!

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  11. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl August 2, 2013 @ 3:38 pm (#
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    These are dangerous, I might eat them all! So gooey and chocolate, I love them!

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  12. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life August 2, 2013 @ 9:14 pm (#
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    Gooey cake bars made from cake mixes are seriously my favorites. These are so crazy good looking…I am in love with that gooey looking Rolo in all your pictures!

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    • Karly replied: — August 3rd, 2013 @ 8:10 am

      Thank you!

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  13. Tahnycooks August 2, 2013 @ 9:25 pm (#
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    My first thought was when I saw these stellar brownies were; I’m gonna need milk! These look rich and caramely good!

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    • Karly replied: — August 3rd, 2013 @ 8:10 am

      Yes! Milk is definitely required! ;)

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  14. Emily @ Life on Food August 3, 2013 @ 8:12 am (#
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    Drippy caramel with chocolate gets me every time.

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  15. shelly (cookies and cups) August 3, 2013 @ 9:32 am (#
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    You had me at Rolos!

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  16. Elizabeth August 3, 2013 @ 8:50 pm (#
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    Oh wow, seriously going to be making these soon. Yum!

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  17. Joanne August 4, 2013 @ 7:36 am (#
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    I am pretty much an equal opportunist when it comes to cake batter. ALL are welcome. But really…especially chocolate. So. Good.

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  18. Tracey August 4, 2013 @ 4:24 pm (#
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    I totally wish I had the ingredients on hand to make these bars happen immediately! Because nothing cures the Sunday night blues like gooey chocolate and caramel :)

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  19. leslie August 4, 2013 @ 6:49 pm (#
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    Ohhh heavens mercy. That caramel shot….pure food porn.

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  20. Melissa August 4, 2013 @ 7:14 pm (#
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    These look amazing! Do you think the recipe could be doubled? Thinking of making them in a 9×13–any suggestions for how long to bake them?

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    • Karly replied: — August 4th, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

      I’m sure you could double it! I’m not sure about the cook time though. I’d just start checking them around 20 minutes and pull them out when you think they’re ready. They should still be a little gooey since they’ll set a bit after coming out of the oven.

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  21. Christina Gathright August 5, 2013 @ 2:21 pm (#
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    Can I just face plant into those?! Lol. I ? gooey cake bars!

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  22. Christina Gathright August 5, 2013 @ 2:23 pm (#
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    Lol that ^ was supposed to be a heart not a ?.

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  23. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com August 5, 2013 @ 11:51 pm (#
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    This looks absolutely decadent! It’s like a very gooey brownie, and how I crave one right now! Pinned!

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  24. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust August 9, 2013 @ 8:11 pm (#
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    Oh, wow. MELTED butter. You’re a genius Karly. That gooey caramel is calling my name…

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  25. Sarah August 11, 2013 @ 6:54 pm (#
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    I just made these and I’m waiting to try them! They smell so good!!

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  26. Laurene August 14, 2013 @ 1:00 pm (#
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    If you added pecans, wouldn’t they be like Turtles?

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    • Karly replied: — August 16th, 2013 @ 9:00 am

      Yep! They would!

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  27. Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 15, 2013 @ 11:25 pm (#
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    I was just complaining about a brownie sundae I had and the brownie was too dry. I like rich, fudgy brownies for sundaes because if I’m going to spend that many calories, I wanna make them count. These look perfect for that purpose!

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  28. Deb Morris October 30, 2013 @ 9:27 pm (#
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    I was wondering if you could just use that sweetened condensed Caramel that you make in the crock pot instead of doing the rolos? How much?

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  29. Debbie April 10, 2014 @ 3:24 pm (#
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    I made these the other day and found baking for 18 minutes exactly my batter was way underdone and inedible. I was able to salvage them by cooking a bit longer and still turned out chewy and delicious.

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    • Karly replied: — April 10th, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

      @Debbie,

      Glad you were able to save them. :)

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  30. Nancy Kessler July 3, 2014 @ 6:04 pm (#
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    Hi,
    Hosting a family reunion for 33 people in a few weeks. Do you think I can make these and freeze them? If not, your dessert recipes all look delicious. Are there any that freeze well?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    • Karly replied: — July 7th, 2014 @ 9:00 am

      Hi @Nancy Kessler,

      I think these would freeze just fine. Just be sure to wrap them really well!

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