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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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17 Responses to “Fauxstess Cupcakes”

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    Maryanna — April 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    These are darling!

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    Kerstin — April 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Adorable – I love the cupcake liners!

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    Anali — April 9, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    These look great! I’ve got to try them soon! ; )

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    oneparticularkitchen — April 9, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    How adorable! Oh The Yankee would just eat these up.

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    Mermaid Sweets — April 9, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I have been wanting to try these too – nice post, I love the photos.

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    Maria — April 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    They look perfect! YUM!

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    Jamie — April 10, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Sooo freaking adorable! I have these liners, so I will be making these in the very near future!!! Well done!!!

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    rickdog — April 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Find more Fauxstess Cupcakes in my recipe blog search:
    HERE

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    Sarah — April 10, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    So cute and yum!

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    Stephanie Wagner — April 11, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Could these be any cuter?? I love the idea of home baking classic favorites like this!

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    oneordinaryday — April 11, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    This looks perfect! Yum!
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

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    kitchenbelle — April 13, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Great job! Your cupcakes are perfect! They look just like Hostess except SO MUCH BETTER! Your ganache is so nice and shiny!

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    Jigginjessica — April 16, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I love these cupcakes! They have been on my to try list forever and I think that maybe today might be the day I finally try them.

    Also, I didn’t even realize you had less swirls, shows how well I know a hostess cupcake!

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    bcallegra — April 20, 2009 at 1:56 am

    I made them this weekend and am now officially addicted to the filling – it reminds me of marshmallow creme! Although my cupcakes (and pictures) pale in comparison to your version, I need to thank you once again for supplying me with a great recipe.

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    Simply Inviting Weddings — November 29, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I searched all over for a recipe like this and didn’t want to use marshmallow creme for the filling! These are amazing- my family was fighting over them. Thanks for sharing!

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    Seantellc — April 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    so in your recipe you say to put the batter into the wells of a muffin tin coated with non-stick spray. Does that mean not use cupcake liners, or does that mean to spray the liners with non-stick spray?

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    beantownbaker — April 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Sorry, I’ll fix the recipe. You don’t need to spray the cupcake liners.

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