These Caramel Pecan Dream Bars really are dreamy and if it weren’t for The Recipe Tin Project, I never would have known they existed. They take approximately five minutes to get into the oven and they rely mostly on kitchen shortcuts that are easy to keep in your pantry so they’re the type of dessert that’s easy to whip up on a moment’s notice. It’s hard not to fall in love with a dessert bar that’s sticky, sweet, and full of toffee flavor so it’s easy to see why Emily took the time to commit this one to paper. And I’m sure glad she did.
The Recipe Tin Project is a project where I cook my way through an old recipe tin full of vintage recipes. But you might have already guessed that. It’s chock full of old recipe cards, most of which seem to be from the ’60s and ’70s. I love food history, and the idea is to breathe new life into these recipes from the past and maybe learn a technique or two from them along the way. The recipes come from different people with different handwriting and some have sweet illustrations while others are on plain (often smudged and stained) index cards.
FOR THE CRUST:
1 box yellow cake mix
1/3 cup soft margarine
FOR THE FILLING:
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup bits o’ brickle baking chips
Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.
Mix together the cake mix, margarine, and egg and press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Pour filling ingredients (sweetened condensed milk, pecans, bits o’ brickle) over the base and bake 25-30 minutes.
Let cool before cutting. Enjoy!