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Caramel Coconut Pecan Bars
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Caramel Coconut Pecan Bars

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel-coconut-bars, caramel-coconut-pecan-bars, caramel-cookie-bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 24 bars
Author Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecan pieces toasted
  • 1 15.25 oz box caramel cake mix See Cook's note
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup cold butter cubed
  • 1 13.4 oz can dulce de leche
  • 1 5 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup English toffee bits

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread pecan pieces in a single layer on a baking pan. Toast for 6-8 minutes, then set aside to cool.
  • To a medium-size mixing bowl, add the cake mix, oats and cinnamon. Sift together with a whisk.
  • Cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients using a hand mixer, food processor, or by hand using a pastry blender. Continue until all of the butter is incorporated and the mixture is crumbly. Separate out 1 cup and keep chilled.
  • Press the remaining mixture into an 13 x 9 inch non stick metal pan that has been sprayed with a baking spray.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until the edges begin to brown.
  • Meanwhile, using an electric mixer or a whisk, whip together dulce de leche, evaporated milk, egg and salt.
  • Layer the pecans, toffee bits and coconut over the crust. Drizzle the caramel filling evenly on top.
  • Crumble reserved chilled streusal topping and place back into the oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden.
  • Cool completely in the pan on a baking rack before cutting.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Notes

  • If you're unable to find caramel cake mix you can adapt using butter pecan or yellow cake mix. They're different yet, still delicious.
  • Dulce de Leche is a luscious thick caramel. It's readily available at most grocery stores in the Hispanic foods section.