Chocolate Chip-Pecan Bars

1 package cake mix (French Vanilla)
1/2 c. butter or margarine (room temperature)
2 c. pecan halves
2/3 c. butter or margarine
1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 c. chocolate chips (semisweet)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry cake mix and 1/2-cup butter in medium bowl until crumbly. Firmly press mixture in bottom of ungreased 13 x 9 x 2 rectangular pan. Bake 9 minutes or until lightly browned. Evenly place pecan halves over baked layer. Heat 2/3-cup margarine or butter and the brown sugar to boiling in 2-quart saucepan stirring frequently. While boiling, stir for one minute. Pour mixture over pecans. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Pour chocolate chips over warm bars and cool.

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