Best Dang Thing EVER Bars

My sister B was in town for the long weekend and we decided to spend her first day in town shopping all day. It’s always a blast to shop with her because we both have very different tastes, but we get each other to try on things we never would otherwise. And we both always come home with a ton of bags. I usually take a picture of the stuffed trunk, but forgot to this year…

For the second day she was in town, we decided bake together. I love it when she comes to visit because we always have a great time. We talk almost daily and it’s good to be able to talk to her in person instead of over the phone/email/texting. These bars are her favorite and she knows the recipe by heart. In fact, the whole family loves these things. What else would you expect with a name like Best Dang Thing Ever Bars!?!

I finally got the story out of B about where that name came from… When B was a freshmen in college, she had to give a speech that was a demo. Of course, she decided to demo making these bars. She ended the speech with something like “and that is how you make the best dang thing you’ve ever tasted bars”. She even brought in some of the finished product to share with her class. Of course they agreed that these bars really are one of the best things you’ve ever tasted.

I’m not sure exactly where this recipe comes from, since my mom had clipped it out from a magazine or something and it was just in her pile of recipes since forever. We never made this when I was young, but ever since B went to college, we make these every year when we’re together at the holidays. They’re very rich and chocolatey, so we always cut them into small bars. Have a glass of milk ready when you serve these!

I am submitting this recipe for the blogging event Family Recipes hosted by The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch and The Spiced Life. To enter, make a recipe that is a family recipe and talk about memories connected with it.

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Best Dang Thing EVER bars

Yield: 36 bars


1 package German chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup softened butter
1 egg

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 package (14 ounces) caramels

3/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
1/2 cup chocolate ready-to-spread frosting
3-4 tsp water


Heat oven to 350.

Mix cake mix (dry), softened butter, and egg until crumbly; reserve 1 1/2 cups. Press remaining crumbly mixture in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches.

Bake until crust appears dry, 10 to 12 minutes; cool 10 minutes.

Heat butter, milk, and caramels over low heat, stirring occasionally, until caramels are melted. (We do this while the crumbly mixture is baking). Pour over crust; sprinkle with nuts and reserved crumbly mixture.

Bake until crumbly mixture appears dry and begins to brown, 25 to 30 minutes; cool.

Make glaze by mixing frosting with water one teaspoon at a time until desired consistency.

Drizzle with glaze. Loosen edges of bars with spatula; refrigerate until caramel mixture becomes firm, about 1 hour. Cut into bars, 2x1 1/2 inches.

Recipe from my family - no idea where the original recipe is from...

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18 Responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Colleen — July 16, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    These look amazing! I love that you added even more peanut butter flavor too!

  2. #
    Amy Kingman — July 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Mmmmmm! These look incredible!! AH! My weakness!!!!

  3. #
    Memória — July 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Oh wow!! This looks soo good. I would make the cupcakes with the Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate cake recipe and then use the other recipes you provided. Thanks!!!!

  4. #
    Jen — July 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    You could definitely use any chocolate cupcake recipe that you want!

  5. #
    Stephanie Wagner — July 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    These look awesome! I bet they’re really rich!

  6. #
    oneordinaryday — July 16, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Holy. Cow.
    These look sooo darn good!

  7. #
    Jill — July 17, 2009 at 3:51 am

    I saw your picture on Tastespotting and had to see more! Your cupcakes look delicious!

  8. #
    Kerstin — July 17, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Wow, these look beyond incredible! I’m completely impressed 🙂

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    Jennifer — July 17, 2009 at 10:32 am

    peanut butter cups…one of my favorites!! What an awesome cupcake!!!

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    Laura — July 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Oh. My. God. I think my DH is packing his bags to leave me as we speak!

    These look soooo good. I bet it’s all you can do to eat one they are so rich!

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    Erin — July 18, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    These look delicious! Chocolate and peanut butter is the most fabulous combination!

  12. #
    Scott W. — July 23, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Alright, so you’ve gotta make some cupcakes when we are in Pennsylvania. These would work. Yummy!!!

  13. #
    Jen — July 23, 2009 at 12:38 am

    haha no prob Scott. Just let me know what you’re in the mood for. These were delicious…

  14. #
    Ingrid — July 26, 2009 at 1:13 am

    The only time I like chocolate or PB is when they’re together so these are looking pretty good to me!

    Btw, your salmon and the “sauce” looked really good too!

  15. #
    Mermaid Sweets — July 27, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Thanks so much for the link back, your cuppies look amazing.

  16. #
    comfycook — February 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I just discovered these and can’t wait to make them. Love chocolate and peanut butter.

  17. #
    LauraC — May 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I just made your vegan chocolate cupcakes over the weekend for some vegan friends and they were a huge hit. I had bookmarked this cupcake recipe for mother’s day because I LOVE peanut butter cups.

    Anyway I wanted to let you know the woman from Confetti Cakes was on Rachel Ray and they posted the official recipe on the Rachel Ray website. Not sure if you want to link it?

  18. #
    Jan — February 23, 2012 at 7:29 am

    THank you for this post! I tried the cupcakes out here:

    and loved it!

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