So we are off to a Hawaiian themed BBQ tomorrow and I am to make one of the desserts. The hostess is making a dessert that I taught her and it has pineapple. So that left me with nuts(macademia) and coconut right? Wrong. The hostess does not like either. She is rather picky and since the leftovers will most likely stay with her, I need to be accomidating. I also needed to make something with ingredients I already have since our budget is a tad tight right now :(
So I was looking through the Great Canadian Cookies, Bars and Squares book and ran across Famous Caramel Squares….which are not in the least Hawaiian but the hostess doesn’t give me much to work with. I couldn’t get a good photo of these for some reason, but I tried again today while they were in the fridge(to make it easier to transport) and one turned out. They are much more gooey than they look here. When they thaw out they get a little runny.

Famous Caramel Squares

Bottom Layer:
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup butter(unsalted)

Middle Layer:
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter(unsalted)
1/4 cup corn syrup(they didn’t indicate so I used light)
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

Top Layer:
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Bottom Layer:
Preheat the oven to 350F. Combine all of the ingredients until crumbly. Press firmly into a greased pan 9X13 inches. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Middle Layer:
Place all of the ingredients except the vanilla in a heavy saucepan. Heat slowly until the sugar is dissolved, then bring to a boil and boil for 7 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla and beat well. The mixture should be brown and caramel like. Spread over the baked bottom layer and let cool.

Top Layer:
Melt the chocolate and spread it over the cooled middle layer.


  1. Love your goopy squares! And I’m glad that you took a photo … enjoy the BBQ!

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