Can't Leave Alone Bars Recipe -
Can't Leave Alone Bars Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Can't Leave Alone Bars

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"These bars truly live up to their name. Every time I bring them to a gathering, they are the first to go, and I am always asked for the recipe."

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Original recipe makes 1 9x13-inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix cake mix, vegetable oil, and eggs together in a bowl using a fork until just blended. Divide mixture in half.
  3. Combine sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until melted, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Press half the cake mixture into a 9x13-inch pan; pour chocolate mixture over cake mixture. Take a small handful of remaining cake mixture and flatten between your hands; lay atop chocolate layer. Repeat with remaining cake mixture.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until topping is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • For a chocolate version, use a chocolate cake mix and butterscotch chips in place of the white cake mix and milk chocolate chips.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 19, 2013

This is easy and quick! I made it as written and thought the cake mixture needed more moisture. Second time, I added a splash of milk. To the mixture that goes on top, I mixed in some marshmallows and pecans! Yumm!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 29, 2013

I had such high hopes for this. However,it became one big gooey mess. We ended up eating just the top layer. I will try it again though, in case it was an error on my part.

Jun 14, 2013

It was really good - my guests enjoyed it very much. Next time I will add a bit more moisture to the cake, though... a little dry.

Jun 02, 2013

It is so simple to make and soooo tastes!

Jul 18, 2013

I made these for our Girls Night Out in June. Very easy to make and they set up nicely. The girls loved them and I came home with an empty pan. I think that is a great compliment to this recipe. I would make these again.

Jul 24, 2013

This recipe was very good. I made a diagonal lattice top with the remaining half of dough. Next time I will try this recipe with chocolate cake mix and peanut butter chips.

Jul 19, 2013

This recipe is a crowd pleaser! It is easy and quick to make, and everyone proves that the name is true. Every time I make these, people cant leave them alone! They are usually the first to disappear at any potluck I take them to! Cake, creamy chocolate, and finger food size. Absolutely perfect.

Mar 30, 2014

THis is fantastic!!! I made it exactly as directed, but added a splash more oil to the batter as I saw previous reviews had noted that batter was a little dry. Next time I may use milk, but overall, this turned out delicious!!!


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  • Calories
  • 391 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.6 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 50 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 22.3 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 4.9 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 310 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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