Baking for a Holiday Everyone Else Gets: Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars

A lot of people are enjoying a three-day weekend right now, but my office is open for business. And if you have to be at work reading through all your friends’ Facebook posts about what an awesome weekend they’re still having, then there better damn well be snacks.

So after giving my coworkers two weeks to stick to their healthy New Year’s resolutions, today I’m back with Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars. Sticking to my own resolution of using up the odds and ends in my kitchen, I chose this recipe as a way to use up a bag of caramels that I picked up around Halloween (I think for a cheesecake I never made).

It calls for a box of German chocolate cake mix, but keeping in the spirit of using up what I already had I used a Devil’s Food mix instead. They came out delicious so feel free to improvise with whatever box mix you have on hand.

When I put all the bars together they looked like an alien landscape. So naturally, Daleks and Weeping Angels invaded.

When I put all the bars together they looked like an alien landscape. So naturally, Daleks and Weeping Angels invaded.

Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars

1 bag (14oz) caramels
1 can (5oz) evaporated milk
1 two-layer chocolate cake mix (German chocolate or other)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350.

Melt caramels with 1/3 cup evaporated milk in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until smooth. Set aside.

Mix together the rest of the milk, cake mix and butter in a large bowl. Press HALF of the cake mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 13×9 pan. Bake 8 minutes.

Sprinkle chocolate chips and 1 cup of the walnuts over the crust. Pour on the caramel mixture and spread it out a little. Top with the rest of the cake mixture and sprinkle with the rest of the walnuts.

Bake 15-18 minutes, Let cool and cut into bars.

The hardest part of the whole process is unwrapping all of these caramels. So tedious.

The hardest part of the whole process is unwrapping all of these caramels. So tedious.

But look how gorgeous they all are when they melt!

But look how gorgeous they all are when they melt!

Pat half of the cake mixture into the bottom of the pan. It will be thin, but work it out to the edges with the palm of your hand.

Pat half of the cake mixture into the bottom of the pan. It will be thin, but work it out to the edges with the palm of your hand.

I really love walnuts.

I really love walnuts.

After the first 8 minutes in the oven, top with the chocolate chips, walnuts and caramel. Try not to start eating it with a spoon just yet. There's more baking to be done.

After the first 8 minutes in the oven, top with the chocolate chips, walnuts and caramel. Try not to start eating it with a spoon just yet. There’s more baking to be done.

Mmmm. This smells even better than it looks.

Mmmm. This smells even better than it looks.

Happy MLK Day,
Lisa

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3 thoughts on “Baking for a Holiday Everyone Else Gets: Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars

  1. Kristi

    Love the Dalek touch!

  2. I love the Dalek and Weeping angel! Your opening paragraph made me laugh so hard. That’s exactly how my MLK Monday was.

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