Poor Fat Friday.
So neglected. So mistreated. So ignored.
Today I'm turning it around. I know, without a doubt, this recipe will get me on your good side. These bars are so good - rich and gooey and chocolatey and easy - I would sell one of my kids for them.
OK, not really. They would definitely sell ME for a pan of them.
I got the recipe from my friend, Becky, who brought them to a Boy Scout event and when I tasted them - oh my word when I tasted them! - the heavens opened, a ray of light shone down and a Voice said,
"Don't be a hog and eat all of them, for crying out loud."
Here's how you make them!
1 box of cake mix
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1-14 oz. can sweetened, condensed milk
1 c. chocolate chips
1/4 c. butter
About the cake mix - the original recipe called for a white cake mix. As you can see in the picture, I substituted chocolate. Like you're surprised.
I've also substituted other flavors of chips - peanut butter chips with a chocolate cake mix is a hit with the kids. Mint chips would be good too. The possibilities are endless!
Microwave the chocolate chips, condensed milk and butter in 1-minute increments, stirring after each one.
It helps if you have a kitchen helper who likes to stir.
Put the cake mix, oil and eggs in a mixing bowl and stir it up.
Take 2/3 of the dough and press it into a 9x13 pan. I pressed it up the sides a bit, too.
Because you're going to do this . . .
Pour that gooey, fudgy, chocolateyness on the dough. If you occasionally need to take a taste, I won't tell.
Scoop up pieces of the remaining dough and do this . . .
Once you're done sampling the dough and assuming you have enough left over for the recipe -
*TANGENT ALERT* I love the word gooey. It's a comfort word. It evokes images of warm, chocolatey bliss. It's associated with some of my best friends, the Carb Family.
Let your kitchen helper FINALLY lick her fingers.
Bake 20 -25 minutes at 350F.
Here's what they look like if you use a white cake mix. It's a bit easier to tell when they're done baking - they get golden brown across the top.
But the chocolate ones are my favorite.
Let them cool before cutting.
Nominate me for a Nobel Prize. I think I would qualify in the literature category.
Plus that would move me along in my goal of being famous by . . . today.
(Click here for printable recipe!)