Oooh, these bars are good. I love German chocolate cake - you know, the kind with the frosting that's almost caramel-y and is loaded with coconuts and pecans all piled on top of chocolate cake? Yum.
These bars hit all the flavors of the cake, but in an easier, more portable form. You start with a cake mix as the crust, which simplifies things even more! There aren't any complicated techniques in this recipe, and the result is won-der-ful. My only tip would be not to overbake them. You don't want them to dry out on you; I recommend checking them a couple minutes before the timer goes off, and if the center looks set, but maybe slightly jiggly, go ahead and take them out.
I really don't think you'll be disappointed with these gems! Maybe they'll even please your Dad or your hubby or your grandpa on Father's Day!
German Chocolate Cake Bars (I found the recipe here)
1 pkg. devil's food cake mix
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. sweetened coconut
1 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. milk chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 pan.
2. Make the crust: Combine all ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly mixed. Press into bottom of prepared pan and bake for 7 minutes.
3. While crust is baking, make the filling. Combine sweetened condensed milk, egg, vanilla, coconut, and pecans (can use the same bowl you used for the crust) until completely mixed.
4. Pour filling over warm crust and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
5. Bake 24-27 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting.