Gingerbread Caramel Gooey Bars and Giveaway

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.


One of my favorite things about the holidays is the baking.  I love baking cookies, cakes, bars, and all sorts of other creations for my family to enjoy and to give away as gifts.  I think giving home made gifts is a great thing and everyone loves food.  Because I am always so busy baking during the holidays, I want to make things right the first time and not have recipes fail or look bad.
I get myself into sticky situations a lot and by sticky situations I mean things sticking to the bottom of the pan.  I mean who wants to give food away that is all messed up because it stuck to the bottom of the pan.  I especially have problems when I make bundt cakes, inevitably half of the cake stays in the pan when I invert it, or when I make things that are really sticky.
I always try to remember to use PAM Cooking Spray when baking for the holidays so I don’t have those type of problems.  PAM Cooking Spray comes in Original, Butter, and Baking versions that now leave 99% less residue buildup than margarine while still offering better no-stick results.   The new improved formula also has 0 calories per serving.
I love using PAM Cooking Spray so that my dishes turn out right the first time.  I also liked trying the PAM Cooking Spray in the baking variety, and I love how it is especially meant for baking.  Here are some of my Smart-Tips for great holiday baking:
1.  Make sure that you know what you are making and that you have all the ingredients before you start.  There is nothing worse than being in the middle of a recipe and realizing that you forgot to buy an ingredient or that you ran out of eggs.  At that point I usually get really frustrated and my husband gets to run to the store to pick up that forgotten ingredient.  It goes a lot easier if you make sure you have everything before hand and my husband is usually happier too.
2.  Let your oven pre-heat before sticking your items in the oven.  That way the temperature is even throughout and it may mess up your baked goods if the oven is not hot enough.
3.  Make sure to use cooking spray so that the items do not stick.  You can even line your cookie sheet or cake pan with foil, then spray the foil with the cooking spray.  Also if the dough you are working with is a little sticky, you can spray some cooking spray on your hands so that it is easier to work with.
4.  Make sure to keep checking your baked goods and make sure that they are not overcooked.  There is nothing worse than burnt cookies.  My mom was always notorious at burning things when we were growing up and half the cookies we made around the holidays always end up burnt. That is why I always make sure to not overcook cookies and they are usually softer if you take them out a little early.
One of my favorite things to bake is cake or anything made with cake mix.  I decided to make Gingerbread Caramel Gooey Bars.  These bars were so delicious and are a great bar for the holiday season.  The gingerbread flavor was not too overwhelming and I really liked the combination of the gingerbread with the caramel.  I used a gingerbread cake mix for the base and then the gooeyness comes from sweetened condensed milk and caramel in the center.
I used the baking version of PAM cooking spray on the bottom of the pan, along with foil, and I also used PAM cooking spray to spray on my hands so that I could work with the dough.  These bars came out great and did not stick to the bottom of the pan.  The bars were so delicious, moist, and gooey and they would be great for the holidays.
Gingerbread Caramel Gooey Bars

Yield: 9 bars

Gingerbread Caramel Gooey Bars


  • 1 box (14.5 ounces) Gingerbread Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup caramel bits or pieces (you can use pre-sold caramel bits or chop up pieces of caramel into pieces)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the cake mix, butter, and egg in a large bowl until a thick dough forms.
  3. Line a 8x8 pan with foil and spray the foil well with PAM Cooking Spray. Press about 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  4. Sprinkle the caramel pieces evenly over the dough. Then pour the sweetened condensed milk on top of the caramel.
  5. Roll the remaining dough into 9 equal balls and place the balls evenly on top of the sweetened condensed milk. Press down the dough balls to flatten.
  6. Bake the bars for 25-30 minutes or until they are golden brown on top. Cool the bars completely before serving.


While you are working with the dough, spray some PAM Cooking Spray on your hands to prevent the dough from sticking and to make it easier to work with.

For more information on PAM Cooking Spray visit their website.
I also have a great giveaway for you today.  I am giving away a PAM Cooking spray campaign kit to one lucky reader.  The kit consists of:
  • Full size sample of PAM
  • Le Creuset Pie Dish
This is a great prize, the Le Creuset Pie Dish is so nice.  The prize pack is valued at $50.00.  
To enter the giveaway please let me a comment letting me know your favorite thing to bake during the holidays.  The Giveaway will run from now until Tuesday November 26, at midnight EST.  Please make sure to leave a valid email when you enter.  I will notify the winner and need a reply within 48 hours.  All entrants must be 18 years + and must reside in the continental US. 
Click HERE for the Terms and Conditions of the Giveaway
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.


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  1. One of my favorite things to bake over the holidays is pumpkin pie.

  2. My favorite thing to bake over the holidays is pie. All kinds of pie! 😀

  3. Great looking bars! My favorite thing to bake is festive cookies for the holidays, particularly ones involving molasses, or sugar cut outs to decorate.

  4. I love to bake all kinds of Christmas cookies for my family and friends!

  5. For Thanksgiving I love making Herb Roasted Turkey plus Sausage and Cornbread stuffing. For Christmas I love making Peanut Butter Blossoms, Buckeyes and anything peppermint flavored.

  6. Pam Gurganus says:

    My favorite thing to bake during the holidays are an assortment of Christmas cookies that I only bake this time of year and give them away as gifts!

  7. I love baking a variety of cookies with my grandson.

  8. I love baking peanut butter tempations. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  9. I love baking cookies! I’ve made as many as 8 batches in one day to take into work. YUM!

  10. my favorite thing to make is cookies

  11. I love to bake Christmas sugar cookies.

  12. Debbie Bray says:

    chocolate chip cookies

  13. One of my favorite things to bake is decorated cut out sugar cookies! :) But I have a feeling that these amazing gingerbread caramel gooey bars might also be making my short list this year. 😉

  14. I love making pie. Doesn’t matter what kind, I just love pie. I’m making my first pecan pie next week!

  15. These look DELICIOUS Alyssa!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe & pinning!! xo

  16. My favorite thing to bake for the Holidays is Sugar Cut Out Cookies with my 2 little girls! Thanks for the chance! :)

  17. Umm.. yeah basically this looks delicious and I want to eat the screen. Looks super moist and gooey. Pinning! :)

  18. Your bars look delicious! Pinning!!

  19. These look so delicious, Alyssa! Gorgeous photos, and great job on this post :)

  20. These sound great. Funny side story – I thought the caramel bits were chickpeas – haha!

  21. My favorite thing to bake is Toffee Almond Blondies! Similar to your recipe they start with a mix so they’re quick and easy!

  22. I love to bake various versions of chocolate bark.

  23. I like trying new recipes each year along with the old ones, to keep it interesting! Last year’s new recipe was chile-chocolate cookies and this year it is a ginger cookie. I might have to try these bars to complement those cookies…can’t get enough ginger these days!

  24. Ooh! Those look so yummy! My favorite thing to bake during the holidays is probably my mother-in-law’s cheesecake! :)

  25. Robin Wilson says:

    I love to bake Sweet Potato Pie! These look awesome. Am assuming that it is a 1/2 “cup” of caramel pieces? I want to make these next, they look and sound delicious. Great pics and thanks for the giveaway!

  26. I love baking cookies or any kind of sweet treats!

  27. My two favorite flavors of the season are pumpkin and white chocolate, so I love making white chocolate pumpkin cookies.

  28. I love to bake a salted caramel apple pie for my family.

  29. pumpkin bread and pies

  30. It seems like I am always missing one of the ingredients I need for a recipe, it drives me crazy! These are really great tips, and these bars sound delicious!

  31. Susan Christy says:

    My favorite thing to bake – Big, Soft Ginger Cookies.

  32. I love baking with cake mix too!! It’s crazy the amount of yummy things you can do with it. These look FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays! I’m featuring these today on my FB page :)

  33. Gingerbread and caramel is such a delicious combo! Pinning!

  34. ooey gooey gingerbread sounds great!

  35. My favorite thing to bake over the holidays is custard pie and cookies.

  36. I love coconut cake at Christmas!!


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