A Valentine's Treat
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County LineIf you're looking for a yummy way to share love from your kitchen this Valentine's Day, here's a tried-and-true recipe from my kitchen to yours!
They are called Caramel Chip Bars, but I think they are more like candy. They are a favorite around here at holiday celebrations! Enjoy!
32 caramels, unwrapped
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup vanilla or white chips
1/2 cup Heath brickle chips
In large saucepan, combine butter, caramel and condensed milk; cook and stir over medium-low heat until smooth. You may also use the microwave, taking care not to burn the mixture. Cool.
In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, oil and eggs; mix well. Stir in chips and brickle. Dough will be stiff. Press 3/4 into a greased 9- by 13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Place on wire rack for 10 minutes. Pour caramel mixture over crust. Drop remaining dough by spoonfuls onto caramel layer. Bake for 25 to 30 additional minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes; run a knife around edges of pan. Cool 40 minutes longer; cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
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