Sunday, June 29, 2008

Going Out with a Bang.

I took the week off from eating healthy. I ate whatever I wanted. I drank Dr Pepper and had ice cream for breakfast. I skipped meals and ate late at night. I went to McDonald's, people! I didn't even worry about my fiber intake. It was liberating.

It was nice while it lasted, but tomorrow morning, I am back on board the health food train.

As my last hurrah, I whipped up a batch of Caramel Layer Cocoa Squares for Sunday dinner at my in-laws'. They might be my most favorite chocolate treat of all time. Give them a try. You won't be disappointed.

1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
2/3 cup evaporated milk, divided
1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a heavy saucepan, combine caramels and 1/3 cup of evaporated milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth; set aside. Grease a 9x13 inch pan. In a large bowl, stir together the cake mix, melted butter and a little less than 1/3 cup of evaporated milk by hand until dough holds together. Press half of the dough into the prepared pan, reserving the rest.

Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crust, pour the caramel mixture evenly over the chips. Crumble the remaining dough over the caramel layer and return to the oven. Bake for an additional 15 to 18 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool in refrigerator to set the caramel before cutting into bars.

This time I used a jar of caramel topping instead of individually wrapped caramels. It was so much easier. I have to thank my favorite childhood babysitter, Melinda Masters for this recipe. When I was little and my parents were taking a trip sans their 6 kids, the Masters would move into our house and take care of us. I loved them. They were so fun. Leslie and I would beg Melinda to make caramel layer cocoa squares. She was nice and always gave in.

Happy Sunday!


  1. Oh man. I didn't need to see this....


  2. seriously the yummiest things ever. good call on the caramel topping. i'll have to do that next time.

    i'm on the train with you . . . i joined a gym! i do not work out, so this is big.

  3. Hang on a sec, so which is better; these or those other caramel squares (with oatmeal) that you mentioned earlier? But I shouldn't even ask, I have lots of leftovers sweets around here from the weekend and certainly don't need any more. But these sound oh-so-yummy.

    I love those childhood trip-babysitters. We had a couple named Lee & Lori who invented the Fast Food Fun Run and taught me how to play cat's cradle. Good times.

  4. MMM, those sound yummy. The best chocolate treat, hmm?? I'll definitely have to try...

  5. Wait, you made those the week we DIDN'T come over? What gives?

    Forgiven though, as Jake's mom reads your blog and made the Death by Caramel bars you posted last week.

  6. i LOVED these things!!! mmmm thank you melinda masters. :)

  7. Hi, Stephanie. I've been following your blog for a couple of months, just because I love it! It's so darn cute. I hope you don't mind. Anyway, my family loves, loves, loves these brownies. I've been making them for years, and they are very dangerous! I've never tried the carmel in a jar. Does it taste the same? If so, it would be much easier and quicker.

    P.S. I hope Matty and Mabel get the same lst grade teacher. That would be fun for them. Even though by 1st grade boys don't play much with girls anymore!

  8. these sound sooo good. if i had the ingredients i'd make some right now. :)

  9. Aren't those on Leslie's recipe blog? Those are soooooo good. They really are my favorite chocolate treat, hands down.
    And thanks for the tip with caramel topping instead of squares... why didn't I think of that earlier???


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