Caramel Pecan Dream Bars

BASE FILLING:

bullet1 Pkg. Pillsbury Plus Yellow Cake Mix
bullet14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
bullet1/3 cup margarine
bullet1 egg
bullet1 tsp. vanilla
bullet1 cup chopped pecans
bullet cup Heath Bits O'Brickle Baking Chips
bulletHeat oven to 350
bulletGrease a 9 x 13 pan
bulletIn large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, margarine & egg
bulletMix at high speed of mixer until crumbly
bulletPress into prepared pan
bulletIn small bowl, beat milk, egg & vanilla until blended
bulletStir in pecans and Bits O'Brickle chips
bulletPour over base mixture in pan, spreading to cover
bulletBake at 350  for 25 to 35 min. or until light golden brown
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Center may appear loose, but will set upon cooling

bulletAllow bars to cool completely before cutting
bulletYield: 36 bars

Comment:   My son, Steve, submitted these at age 14 for the 4-H Pecan Food Show.  We found out after the Pecan Food Show that the reason Steve didn't win anything was because the recipe should not have included a prepared ingredient, the cake mix--everything should have been from scratch.  He didn't let that discourage him from cooking--he still does it at age 32.  He taught himself to cook, makes better gravy than I ever did!

From The Kitchen Of:    Jean Roe  ~  Tyler Church of Christ, Tyler, TX

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