Ooey Gooey Chewies
1 (14 ounce) bag caramels
1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 package chocolate cake mix with pudding
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup flaked coconut (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small saucepan, melt caramels in 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk over low
heat, stirring occasionally until smooth.
In a large bowl, mix together remaining evaporated milk, the cake mix and
butter. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9 x 13-inch
baking pan. Bake 10 minutes, or until set.
Sprinkle with chocolate chips and 1 cup of the pecans. Top with coconut and the
caramel mixture, spreading it to the edges of the pan. Drop teaspoonsful of the
remaining cake-mix mixture on top. Sprinkle the top with remaining pecans. Bake
20-25 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars and serve warm
or at room temperature.
Makes 30 bars.