Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars

Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars

chocolate caramel cookie bars

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.  Are you still looking for something to make for your sweetheart?  Well if your sweetie has a sweet tooth than these Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars are just the thing!

Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars are delicious!  They’re chewy, gooey, and oh so chocolatey!  They can be served cold or hot.  We like them hot!  And can be eaten alone or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  My favorite way to have them is with ice cream that’s drizzled with chocolate sauce.  It’s a meal in itself and is to die for!

chocolate caramel cookie barsBest of all they are so easy to make and doesn’t have lots of fussy ingredients.  Make some for a Valentine’s Day treat.  Your sweetie will love it!

By the way it makes a great dessert on any day.  I should know, my family loves them![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cup Butter, softened

1 1/2 Cup White Sugar

2 Eggs

2 Tbs. Pure Vanilla Extract

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

1 Tsp.  Cream of Tartar

1 Tsp. Salt

4 Cups Flour

2 Cups Chocolate Chips

1 1/2 Cup Homemade Caramel Sauce or 1 Jar Caramel Sauce

1/4 Cup Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour or regular flour

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350°

Line 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper

Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy

Add eggs one at a time

Add Vanilla

Mix Baking Soda, salt, and Cream of Tartar together and add to butter mixture

Slowly add in 4 cups of flour until well mixed

Stir in Chocolate Chips

Press 2/3 of cookie batter into bottom and about 1/4″ up the sides of baking pan

Stir Mochiko Flour into Caramel Sauce

Spread sauce mixture over cookie dough

Drop remaining cookie dough over the caramel sauce in the pan

Bake for 30 – 45 minutes or until tester comes out clean

chocolate caramel cookie barsRemove from oven – you can serve it cold or hot

It’s delicious with ice cream!

chocolate caramel cookie bars

 

 

 

Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars
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  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°
  2. Line 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper
  3. Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy
  4. Add eggs one at a time
  5. Add Vanilla
  6. Mix Baking Soda, salt, and Cream of Tartar together and add to butter mixture
  7. Slowly add in 4 cups of flour until well mixed
  8. Stir in Chocolate Chips
  9. Press 2/3 of cookie batter into bottom and about 1/4" up the sides of baking pan
  10. Stir Mochiko Flour into Caramel Sauce
  11. Spread sauce mixture over cookie dough
  12. Drop remaining cookie dough over the caramel sauce in the pan
  13. Bake for 30 - 45 minutes or until tester comes out clean
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Rock Your World with this Banana Chip Earthquake Cake!

Rock Your World with this Banana Chip Earthquake Cake!

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 I recently started seeing pins of “Earthquake” Cakes on Pinterest.  They looked yummy!  I made me curious, what exactly is an “Earthquake” Cake?

I read descriptions about how delicious these cakes were and looked at recipes for various flavors.  The “original” seems to be a chocolate cake with shredded coconut and chopped pecans, sort of like a German Chocolate cake without the icing.  There was also a recipe for a pumpkin earthquake cake that I may try for Thanksgiving.

After looking at recipes and reading the raves people have posted about these cakes I gathered that the reason for the name is because the cake is made with a cream cheese concoction that will seep into the cake batter as it bakes.  This is what gives the top surface an uneven churned look, sort of like the sidewalk upheaval after a fairly strong earthquake.  This also results in the sweet gooey yumminess when you cut into the cake.  The name could also be due to the fact that this cake is so good it will rock your world!

I decided I should make one of these cakes, it quite easy.  But I didn’t want to make it using the recipes I found online, basically because my family does not like shredded coconut in anything, and think that pecans belong solely in their beloved Pecan Pie.  The pumpkin flavored cake wasn’t going to work for me either, the only one who likes anything pumpkin is my younger daughter and she lives in another state.  Besides, I was hungry for something with bananas and chocolate!

To make a long story short I made up my own version of the Earthquake cake.  It’s very simple to make using Duncan Hines Supreme Banana cake mix.  Instead of water I use sour cream for a moist rich cake.  The cream cheese mixture that’s layered on the cake batter seeps into the batter during baking resulting in a cake with a sweet gooey center that is oh so good!

Here’s my recipe, enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 Duncan Hines Supreme Banana Cake Mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream – softened to room temp
1 stick of butter
1 package of cream cheese
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cooking spray

Directions:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

2.  Generously spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray

3.  Melt butter on the stovetop using a heavy saucepan.  You can melt it in the microwave as well, but I feel I have more control on the stovetop.

4.  Remove from heat and stir in softened cream cheese until it mostly melts.

5.  Stir in white chocolate chips. Chips don’t have to melt completely.  Set aside.

Earthquake Cake
6.  Put cake mix in a mixing bowl.  Add eggs, oil, and sour cream.  Mix until smooth.
7.  Spread cake batter evenly in oiled baking pan.
Earthquake Cake

8.  Drop dollops of the cream cheese mixture over the cake batter.  Make sure you get some around the edges.

Earthquake Cake

9.  Sprinkle chocolate chips over all.

Earthquake Cake

10.  Bake for 50 minutes.  Don’t over cook it, remove from oven after 50 minutes.  If you test the center with a toothpick the toothpick will not come out clean,  you might think the cake is not done, but it is, the center is supposed to be gooey.

Earthquake Cake

Serve warm or cold, it’s delicious either way.  My son loves it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Rock Your World with this Banana Chip Earthquake Cake!
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Servings Prep Time
12 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Rock Your World with this Banana Chip Earthquake Cake!
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Pieces
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Generously spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray
  3. Melt butter on the stovetop using a heavy saucepan. You can melt it in the microwave as well, but I feel I have more control on the stovetop.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in softened cream cheese until it mostly melts.
  5. Stir in white chocolate chips. Chips don't have to melt completely. Set aside.
  6. Put cake mix in a mixing bowl. Add eggs, oil, and sour cream. Mix until smooth.
  7. Spread cake batter evenly in oiled baking pan.
  8. Drop dollops of the cream cheese mixture over the cake batter. Make sure you get some around the edges.
  9. Sprinkle chocolate chips over all.
  10. Bake for 50 minutes. Don't over cook it, remove from oven after 50 minutes. If you test the center with a toothpick the toothpick will not come out clean, you might think the cake is not done, but it is, the center is supposed to be gooey.
  11. Serve warm or cold, it's delicious either way. My son loves it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
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