These easy cake mix bars are filled with caramel and plenty of chocolate chips to satisfy any sweet tooth. The iced coffee in the dough makes these Caramel Macchiato Gooey Cake Bars a great pick me up when you need it.
Last week my husband and I went on our church staff retreat with some of the other staff members. Wouldn't you expect a "retreat" to mean relaxing, enjoyable days? I have officially dubbed this trip a boot camp. There was not very much relaxing going on this week. They had us out mountain biking in the woods, up hill both ways 😉 Then we did a 12 miles hike to see some waterfalls and caves. Believe me, my legs were like jello every day.
At least we had pans of dessert to come back to each night.
My contribution to our trip was dessert...oh, and veggies too. But let's move past the veggies and right to these gooey cake bars.
We needed energy to keep going on all these hiking and biking torture trips, so I added some International Delight caramel iced coffee to the cake mix dough. I also added more iced coffee AND instant coffee to the sweetened condensed milk that I drizzled over all of it. Then I chugged the rest of the iced coffee while the bars were baking. It's that amazing. Have you had a chance to try it? This was my first (and definitely not last) experience. I think I found a new love.
If you follow me on Instagram, this was the behind the scenes shot I shared when I made the gooey cake bars. Makes you just want to slurp that sweetened condensed milk, huh? Maybe that's just me 🙂
A triple hit of coffee, plus all the sugar from the chocolate chips and caramel. Yes, please. These bars were a great reward for all the exercise they put us through.
Now I realize that not everyone likes coffee treats as much as I do, so I wanted to mention that you can make a few substitution and still enjoy these amazing caramel bars. You can substitute milk in the dough, and then just leave out the coffee from the sweetened condensed milk. I made a note in the recipe just for you.
If you are a coffee and chocolate lover like me, I think you need to run right to the store and buy the ingredients for these bars.
And when I say run to the store, you probably should "run" because then you will enjoy these bars that much more. Exercise = more dessert loving in my book.
But then again I also think these count as breakfast because they have coffee in them. I may have sugar issues...but you already knew that, right?
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Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen
Jocelyn these look amazing!! You totally deserved them after all that torture. Hee Hee!!!
Haha thanks so much Chandra!! 😉
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats
Wow these are over the top and the perfect treat for working your butt off. I think I'd have to go on a relaxing retreat after that one!
Thanks Julie!! Yes, I completely agree, next time-relaxing retreat!! 😉
Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
First of all I'm in love with your pictures...simply gorgeous. Second, these bars look so so good! I love the combo of flavors you used. 🙂
Awe, thanks so much Tina!! I really spend a lot of time working on my pictures to get them just the way I want, so it's nice to hear that they're liked! 😉
I'm definitely a coffee and chocolate lover like you! My favorite Starbucks drink is a Carmel Macchiato. I will for sure be making these bars ASAP! Thanks for the recipe!
You're welcome Katie!! Let me know what you think of them!! 😉
Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper
All this coffee could make these totally perfect for breakfast, right? 🙂
I will most certainly like a bite or two or three of these! Looks great!
Thanks Nancy!! 😉
These sounds fantastic! I always purposely under-cook brownies because I like them barely done, so "gooey" in my opinion is the way to go. Add caramel.. even better 🙂
Thanks Alyson!! Mmmm, gooey brownies, they have a special place in my heart as well! 🙂
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
Well, I love a gooey cake bar. And with coffee????? YES!
Haha thanks Dorothy!! 😉
Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar
These sound awesome!! Love me some caramel macchiato!
Thanks Lindsay!! 😉
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
These sure look like they live up to their name as far as being gooey! WOW do these look awesome!
Thanks so much Ashley!! 😉 They definitely were super gooey and soooooo good!!
Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen
These look amazing! I love that you used coffee twice in the bars. Perfect for coffee addicts!
Thanks Faith!! 😉
Oh my gosh this look amazing. My little sister LOVES caramel macchiatos, so I sent her the link and we plan on making these together while I am home visiting her next weekend! I can't wait!
Thanks Shaima!! That's wonderful to hear!! Let me know what you guys think of them!!
Wow these bars look amazing! I love coffee flavoured anything!
Thanks Marcellina!! 😉
Any bar topped with sweetened condensed milk is going to be a winner! I swear that stuff is like liquid gold! As are these bars. Ok well, not liquid gold, more like pure gold! yum!
Haha, thanks Tieghan!! I def agree about the sweetened condensed milk, pure genius-ness!!
Heather @ Sugar Dish Me
Ohhh man. You just combined all my favorite things: coffee, cake, and cookies. LOVE. Pinned!! Totally making these! Though I may need boot camp to work off the calories...
You won't be disappointed with these, I promise!! 😉
Averie @ Averie Cooks
I love love love cake bars like this! With a bunch of addins (marshmallows and white choc are fab!) and then topped with sweetened cond milk. I havent made bars like this in awhile but gosh, I love em! Pinned!
Thanks so much Averie!! 😉
Oh yum yum yum!!!! Caramel macchiato is my fave!!!! you are amazing!
Thanks so much Nancy!! 😉
That retreat did NOT sound relaxing at all. I'd love to relax with one of these with more coffee on the side.
Thanks Marcie!! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that, LOL!
Karissa K. @ Sweet As A Cookie
These sound amazing! Anything caramel makes this girl happy!
Thanks Karissa!! You're sure to love these then 😉
*LOL* I was freaking out because I didn't see the recipe at first. Glad I kept scrolling....it's saved now!
Haha! I'm glad you found and saved it!! 🙂