Words can not describe how tasty this slice is. I’m embarrassed to admit I have made it 3 times already in less than two weeks. Its what I call a lazy caramel slice. Its has all the taste of a caramel slice but so much easier and quicker. I’m not a bossy person but you must try this slice! Try some warm out of the oven or cold from the fridge. Either way it will knock your socks off! (Can you tell I love it?!). It is meant to be a soft almost melt in your mouth base and slightly gooey topping. It wont be a super firm and crunchy base and will not be firm like traditional caramel slice.

My mum made something very similar back when we were kids but the base was quite different. This is one of my favourite go to slice bases. Easy but tasty. So I have used it.

“Heavenly” and “Divine” are two words some of my partners work friends used to describe this slice. I’m told some people didn’t stop at one (or even two) pieces. That’s a hit in my books!

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Lazy Caramel Slice

  • Author: The road to loving my Thermo Mixer
  • Total Time: 25


Carmel Slice in 25 minutes? Yes please!!!


  • 60g desiccated coconut
  • 90g self raising flour
  • 60g brown sugar
  • 80g butter, cubed
  • 80g or 1/2 cup of dark choc chips
  • 200g sweetened condensed milk


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Line a square 20cm x 20cm tin with baking paper.
  3. Place butter, sugar, coconut and flour into bowl.
  4. Blitz on speed 7 for 45-60 seconds until a dough like consistency is achieved.
  5. Press into the tin. Use the bottom of a glass or tmx measuring cup to smooth out and compress the base. Make sure you have compressed it really well.
  6. Sprinkle choc chips over the top.
  7. Drizzle of the condensed milk. Rustic is fine. It doesn’t have to cover the whole base.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until a slight golden layer has formed. See picture.


  • If you want to make a large slice you can double the base and choc chip ingredients, use only 300g of condensed milk and use it in a lamington or slice tray. Cook for an extra 8-10 minutes if doubling.
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20


  1. Maree June 6, 2014 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Oooh, so good – I make this with dried fruit and sometimes slivered almonds in- between the choc chips – I like to think the fruit makes it ‘healthy’???

    • Peta June 6, 2014 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      VERY healthy! hahaha

  2. Nicki June 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    The caramel slice was a disaster for me . The biscuit base took over the entire slice because it rose so high and then started to burn around the edges. I’m wondering if the recipe should state plain flour instead of s.r?

    • Peta June 15, 2014 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      No, it definitely is SR flour. Ive made it far too many times so know it back to front. Was it compacted and smoothed out well?

  3. Tara June 25, 2014 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    This was delicious…. Too delicious and so easy!

  4. Sonja June 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Delicious!!! Tasted it almost straight out of the oven and it was just perfect. Gooey and sticky and so sweet but not too sweet 🙂

    Made it for my hubby who has had a tough day at work – can’t wait for him to get home and try it! Good thing I made a double batch – there will be some left!!

  5. Jesse June 30, 2014 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Loved the recipe Peta, I used a rectangle slice tin, so base was thinner & used the whole tin of condensed milk (minus a couple spoons) 😉 turned out great, I overcooked it a touch as I got distracted, just a bit more brown. Everyone loved it. Thanks for the AWESOME recipes 😀

    • Pamela September 11, 2014 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      I did exactly the same! Rectangle slice tin, whole tin of condensed milk and overlooked a touch!

  6. Isabelle Pearce June 30, 2014 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    A little slice of Heaven!!! Made 2 in 2 days. It doesn’t stay long enough in the fridge!!! Amazing recipe!!!

  7. Louise July 1, 2014 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I want to make this for my gluten free daughter, if I just replace the self raising flour for gluten free self raising flour, is that all I need to do?

    • Peta July 1, 2014 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Im not familiar with gluten free cooking enough to be confident to advise anyone. Im unsure sorry.

    • Fiona July 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Yes, Louise – it works delightfully well 🙂 I use Orgran GF flour.

  8. Bec July 3, 2014 at 5:44 am - Reply

    This is so good. Since developing a dairy allergy one of the things I missed the most was caramel slice. I changed your recipe a bit and used coconut condensed milk and dairy free dark chocolate. OMG IT TASTES AMAZEBALLS!!!

  9. Mandy July 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    This is EVIL. I curse the day this slice came into my life, although it has definitely made me a favourite at work since I keep bringing it in to stop myself from eating the whole thing.

    You are evil Peta.

  10. Kylee July 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    So easy and got me started on a baking session for the day which I never do!! Bit sweet for me so if I make it again I might add some nuts to balance it out for me

    • Marion November 15, 2016 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      You can make your own condensed milk in the Thermie with water, milk powder, sugar and a pinch of salt. Recipe on rc, only takes 3 mins. For this slice I bring the sugar right down to 40g (plenty of sugar in the base). ☺

  11. Kelly July 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    This slice is Devine!!!! So simple aswell.. Everyone in my family Loved it ( I have fussy eaters). I also served it warm with ice cream for a quick dessert it was yummy..

  12. Jen July 5, 2014 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    This is delicious. So far I have made two in two days. The whole family enjoyed it. Thanks for the great recipe

  13. Lyn July 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    What a great slice! Will definitely be making again. Cooked mine a little too long but it was still amazing! Thanks 🙂

  14. Rob July 9, 2014 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    OMG OMG OMG…….
    this is the easiest, fastest, sweetest recipe ive ever done! And yep, I did it! (Never been much if a baker!)
    Thanks Peta and TRTLMT!

  15. Tracy July 9, 2014 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Absolutely delicious!!! Served this up hot, with some ice cream, & it was like Cold Rock ice cream with cookie dough 😉 Yuuuum!!

  16. brooke July 10, 2014 at 9:52 am - Reply

    there are two problems with this recipe 1) it doesnt make enough 2) it only uses half a can of condensed milk which is just dangerous as it cannot go to waste… ! my only question is, is it supposed to be pretty well set in the oven or still a bit runny when it comes out? i left it in for a bit longer as it was still runny after 20 so ended up with some burnt-ish edges and still a bit runny in the middle but this did set on cooling. regardless its super yummy and easy and hubby loved it – said it was like an awesome chocolate biscuit?! 🙂

    • Peta July 10, 2014 at 10:50 am - Reply

      A little wobbly and runny is fine. It will firm up. Glad you like it 🙂

  17. Megan July 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    The name suits it… Definitely a lazy slice, it’s so easy to make! I have made this for my family, & my husband’s family & everyone LOVES IT!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll have to be careful not to make it too much, because it doesn’t last long at all.

  18. Domenica Soroka July 18, 2014 at 11:43 am - Reply

    I’m going to be lazy and eat this all day

  19. Jacki July 20, 2014 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Can you freeze this? It may be the only way to stop me from eating the entire thing on my own. To die for!!!

    • Peta July 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Haha! Glad you like it. I dont freeze it but I have been told by others that they do and defrosts fine (I have been told its yummy frozen too – uh oh! haha)

  20. milly August 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Wow so quick and easy! Instead of chocolate i mixed in some lemon juice with the condensed milk yummo!

  21. Carma August 19, 2014 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I didn’t have any choc chips, so I used macadamias instead and also made my own condensed milk and used brown sugar in it to make it even more caramelly. YUM!

  22. Meg September 10, 2014 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Yummo! Made this this arvo and it is very nice! However my base was a bit soggy. I think next time I would bake the base for 10 mins before adding choc chips etc.

  23. Nicolle Shead October 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    so easy but I miss read the recipe and used a little to much condensed milk but its still taste’s good

  24. nat October 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    OMG!! so yummy!!

  25. Fiona October 19, 2014 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    OMG! Amazing! This has replaced my regular 3 step caramel slice recipe, hands down winner with ease of recipe and in taste. I also add some macadamias with the choc chips and use the whole tin of condensed milk. I could sell this to my workmates its so popular and always requested

  26. Louise October 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    One of my favourite sweets to make. I usually make it once a fortnight for the husband’s work snacks! I am GF so I always make sure I make it with real flour otherwise I eat it all within a very unacceptable time frame 🙂

  27. Chenoa October 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Just wondering if you could use coconut oil instead of butter.

    • Peta October 22, 2014 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      I havent tried sorry.

  28. Jacinta Lovriha October 23, 2014 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Hi Peta, I had to let you know how much my family, friends and I LOVE this slice. Its now my go to slice!! Not only is it delicious, but its so simple and quick.
    I had friends over for a birthday BBQ on the weekend. When the guests found out there was no Lazy Caramel Slice for dessert (we had birthday cake organised instead) they pleaded with me to make it anyway. I was happy to oblige, as it took me no time to whip it up while chatting with them at the same time. I should have made a double batch as it disappeared in no time 🙂

    • Peta October 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      haha! Oh I love hearing this! So glad they love it!!!

  29. Kelly October 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    I whipped these up last night with some home made caramel condensed milk and bought them to work. They were gone by the time I went to get one for my morning coffee!
    I used gluten free flour and they worked well, other than my tin was too big (even with a double batch) so they were a bit thin, but still so good

  30. Kylie October 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Made this for my family, Grandma loved it the most! Will definitely be making again. Thank you

  31. Sandra November 1, 2014 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Soooo yummy!! But I do have a question. I have made these twice now, and the first time I accidentally used plain flour, but it turned out quite well. Perhaps not quite as thick as your picture, but still a decent base. The second time, I used SR flour, and the base was very thin, and much more moist/oily, difficult to work with in the tin too. Still crazy yummy, so no issues on flavour, just texture and look..? Any ideas what might have gone wrong?

  32. Sandra November 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    So yummy!!! I do have a questions. First time I made these, I accidental used plain flour, but they turned out ok, with a good base. Second time I used SR. flour and the base was very thin, difficult to spread into the tin as it was so moist/oily. No issues with taste, just texture and look. I’m pretty sure I followed recipe as per instructions. Any ideas what might have happened?

    • Peta November 1, 2014 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      Its not a glamorous looking slice. Plain flour will give a prettier result but a firmer/more biscuit like base 🙂

  33. Melanie Cook November 28, 2014 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Oh. My. Goodness.
    I should never have made this slice! I can’t stop eating it! SO delicious, thank you (I think?!?)

  34. Melissa November 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Delicious! However I doubled the recipe so I think maybe next time I would cook on a lower temp over a longer time as the base seems to be a little undercooked but it was burning on top so I had to take it out. Also, my base seems a lot darker than the picture, not sure why. I think I might try plain flour next time as my hubby prefers the firmer base 🙂

  35. tracey February 20, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    I just made this usinf dried cranberries as I didn’t have any chocolate chips. It is great. Not as sweet.

  36. Nicole March 25, 2015 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    I made this last week and it was a big hit. Lots of people wanted the recipe! Thanks for another great recipe!

  37. kelly April 6, 2015 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Making it now with the abundance of easter eggs we have now 🙂

  38. Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers May 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    This looks so good, can’t justify a TMX unfortunately but pretty sure my kitchen wizz would work for this – going to give it a try

    • Peta May 26, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Toni!!!!! Absolutely! I even just do it with the good old fashion bowl and wooden spoon.

  39. Elysha September 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    This is so delicious! I made it into a banoffee slice for my hubby’s birthday. It was such a hit!

  40. Marion August 8, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    I’m not that crazy about caramel but with a few tweaks even I’m on board with this slice! I use 70% chocolate and make my own condensed milk with a lot less sugar. It’s tasty and gooey-chewy without falling to pieces in your hands. My husband and a few of the kids are practically made of caramel and they enjoy this slice a lot.

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