Twix Bars

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Jill Hanses

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@jshanses

I enjoy baking and trying new goodies for special occasions and holidays. I came across this recipe just in time to try them out for my nephew's graduation party. They were a huge hit! I combined a couple of recipes and changed a few steps to simplify (in my opinion) and was very pleased with the outcome. The shortbread cookies are wonderful on their own and to use in other applications. Enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These homemade Twix bars are amazing. Very similar to the candy bar, but better. The cookie is a buttery shortbread that's not overly sweet. The layer of caramel and chocolate add the sweetness to this treat. They're not just for Halloween. Make them for a tasty homemade gift at the holidays. Ok... maybe these little guys are a little labor-intensive, but the process is very easy.

Note: When rolling the cookie, use the plastic wrap to keep it from sticking to the rolling pin. Also, try to get it as a long rectangle if possible. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 23 votes

Comments:
Serves:
10-12
Prep:
1 Hr
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • SHORTBREAD COOKIE:

  • 1 c
    butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 c
    sugar
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp
    milk
  • CARMEL FILLING:

  • 15 1/2 oz
    soft caramels (about 1 1/2 bags)
  • 2 Tbsp
    milk
  • dash(es)
    salt
  • CHOCOLATE TOPPING:

  • 12 oz
    milk chocolate, cut into pieces (used large Hershey bars)
  • 1 tsp
    Crisco, if needed to make the chocolate softer (didn't need)

How to Make Twix Bars

Step-by-Step

  1. For shortbread cookie: cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Slowly add this to the butter mixture. Finally, at low speed, add the milk and vanilla.
  4. Separate the dough into halves and wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until the dough is as firm as a stick of butter.
  5. Now is the time to preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet or cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Once your dough is firm enough to work with, either roll it out onto the sheet pan or press with fingers as was my preference to about 1/2-3/4" thickness.
  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes, turning the baking sheet front-to-back halfway through the baking time.
  8. For the caramel layer: Unwrap and place your caramel, milk, and salt in a microwaveable bowl and nuke for 1 minute at a time, stopping to stir, until nice and melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).
  9. Pour caramel over the baked shortbread. Put in the refrigerator to harden and set.
  10. Cut the shortbread/caramel layer into Twix size pieces or whatever shape you desire. Chill them in the freezer to firm them up before dipping.
  11. For the chocolate coating: Microwave the chocolate at 1 minute intervals while stirring until melted or use a double boiler method to melt.
  12. Dip the bars into the chocolate.
  13. Place them on waxed paper to set. Chill in the refrigerator or freezer to speed up setting. At this point, you will be getting anxious to try them!
  14. Once they are set, you are ready to enjoy them! I kept mine stored in the refrigerator to avoid melting, but they did not last long once set out and there were no leftovers.

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About Twix Bars

Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Hashtag: #Twix



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