Thursday, July 26, 2012

Homemade Twix Bars

Want to know my all around go-to dessert recipe? I present to you, the homemade twix bars.


I don't care where you take these babies, they'll be a definite crowd-pleaser. I come home with an empty dish every time. I've made these more than a handful of times and I think this was my best batch yet! Don't mind me as I stuff my face with them while I type this up. (P.S. I found this recipe at King Arthur Flour.)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups caramel, cut into small chunks
  • 3 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable shortening (Optional)

Directions:

For the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a 9x13 in pan with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, and vanilla.
  4. Add the flour - at first the mixture may seem dry, but will come together quickly.
  5. Take the dough and press it evenly into the pan. (Lightly flouring your fingertips will help with any sticking.)
  6. Prick the crust all over with a fork - this allows steam to escape so the crust will bake evenly with fewer bubbles.
  7. Bake until lightly golden brown on top and edges - about 30-35 minuts.
  8. Remove from the oven and immediately run a knife around the edges to loosen the crust. Set aside to cool completely.
For the caramel layer:
  1. Melt the caramel and cream in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Pour the caramel over the cooled crust and set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up.
For the chocolate layer:
  1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave using ten second increments - stirring every time.
  2. If the chocolate seems too thick, add a tablespoon of shortening to thin it. (Just know that this will leave your end-resulting chocolate a little softer than normal. I don't use it for this very reason. )
  3. Pour evenly over the chilled caramel layer and spread until it covers the entire surface.
  4. Return to the refrigerator (or freezer) until the chocolate is well set.
  5. Cut and serve.
For some added fun, you could even cut the crust and caramel layer into bars and DIP them in the chocolate instead, to make them resemble the real Twix candy bar. I hope you love them!

-Sarah

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56 comments:

  1. what kind of Chocolate chips did you use??? that chocolate does not look like any choc chips I have ever used!!

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    1. I just used the Toll House chocolate chips! I think the difference is that I used the milk chocolate kind - WAY better than the semi-sweet! :) Good luck in making them! They really are to die for.

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  2. My boys favorite are twix bars!! These look so amazingly good! I have to pin them and make them ASAP! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Alyssa! And thank you for pinning them. You'll have to let me know how your boys like them!

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    1. Trust me, they are just as good as they look, if not better!!

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  4. Yummy! I love twix - I could eat an entire pan of these! Visiting from Blog Stalking Thursday :)

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  5. Not kidding... I am making these tomorrow!!!

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  6. i just saw this recipe - cannot wait to try it!

    returning the follow:)

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  7. This looks sooo good! Pinned this to my yummy board and can't wait to try to make these. Hope you will share this at my Gettin' Krafty With It party!
    http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/search/label/Gettin%27%20Krafty%20With%20It

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  8. Yummmm! Twix are my fav candy!! Would love for you to link up to my Pin It Thursday party -- http://www.sweetbellaroos.com/2012/07/26/pin-it-thursday4/

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog! These look delish! I think my hubby would love these!!

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  10. These look delicious!

    Renonda @ Snickety Things

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  11. Love twix! Thanks for sharing a homemade version of them!
    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse Party! I will be featuring this tomorrow! :)

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  12. Wow maybe I shouldn't have come and checked out your blog. I will get fat just thinking about making these. I love twix. Thanks for visiting my blog, I am following you back now!
    Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

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  13. These look delicious! I have a similar recipe and it's a very requested recipe around here. How can you lose with caramel, chocolate and cookie?!?! You can't. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! Consider yourself followed back.

    Laurie @ www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca

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  14. WHAT A GREAT LITTLE BLOG, I LOVE YOUR PHOTOS!! I AM A HIT AND MISS GIRL WITH PHOTOS, SOMETIMES I'M GOOD, OTHERS NOT SO MUCH!! I KEPT SEEING THESE LITTLE COOKIES AND THOUGHT YOU NEED THE RECIPE FOR THESE LIKE YOU NEED A HOLE IN YOUR HEAD, I SHOULD HAVE CLICKED, I WOULD HAVE FOUND A NEW BLOG FRIEND SOONER!! I DID FOLLOW YOU BACK...SO LET THE WILD RUMPUS START!!!
    DEANNE @ DELIGHTFUL CURIOSITY

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  15. My goodness, I'm going to gain weight just by looking at your delicious pictures! enJOYing. (latest follower)

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  16. OMG these look delish!! I will have to try them soon! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Jen at experimentMOM!!

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  17. I just came from Jamie's Bloggy Friends blog hop. Your recipe looks awesome. Thanks so much for sharing.

    I'm a new follower. Would luv if you stopped by when you have a chance and I look forward to sharing recipes with you.

    Joanne

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  18. This sounds amazing! I love bar cookies. I just pinned the recipe!

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  19. Oh my, they look soooo good. Must make these very soon!

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  20. Twix are my favorite! I can't wait to try these...as soon as I can eat dairy again! Thanks for following me! Following you now too!

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  21. These look divine. I want them right now!!! The crust looks incredible. Thank you for linking to Foodtastic Friday!!

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  22. I featured you today! Thanks for linking up http://www.sweetbellaroos.com/2012/07/28/pin-worthy-feature4/

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  23. These look SO good! I featured them over on Corner House last night.

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  24. what kind of caramel did u use?

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    1. I used the Kraft caramels that you can get in the candy aisle at most any grocery store!

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  25. Yum! I loved twix... Until i found out about chocolate sourcing practices. Now I can make them! Thanks!

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  26. These look absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing on Blog Stalking Thursday! I have featured you with this week's party. Don't forget to stop by and grab a feature button and wear it proudly!
    http://www.thecraftyblogstalker.com/2012/08/blog-stalking-thursday-52.html

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  27. These look SO good! Featured this today on our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/08/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

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  28. I made these last week & had a little problem with the caramel separating from the crust. Any idea why that would be? I followed the directions & let the layers cool, etc. Also I made them with semi-sweet chips as that was all I had & they were still super yummy. Thanks for an awesome recipe.

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    1. Hmm, that's weird...I haven't ever had that problem, but I also think that I'm a little too impatient in letting it all cool. Haha Maybe it will bond better if the crust is still warm? Give it a try and let me know how it turns out, so I can adjust it for others! Thank you for bringing it to my attention! :)

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  29. My stomach cannot handle heavy cream.... is there an alternative?

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    1. Hi Konnie! I personally, have never used an alternative, but I do know that you can substitute heavy cream with evaporated milk straight across or you can make a mixture of 3 parts milk and 1 part butter and that should do the trick as well. Half and half can also be substituted straight across, but I don't know if that would upset your tummy also. If you try any of these methods, I would love to hear how it turns out! Thanks for visiting :)

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    2. I'm butting in... :) I like to read comments before I make things...My tummy too is often effected by creams and really just milk products in general! I think there is such a small amount in here and as long as you aren't eating the whole batch you might be ok? BUT on that note I will say I often use alternative for these type of things (because of my tummy, or I just don't have it!) anyhow, google it and you will come up with a million other things you can use instead and again since its such a small amount you wont even notice! :-) --Just a mom butting in!

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  30. Your sister Rebecca recommended your blog on a FB page we have in common, so i decided to have a peek. Homemade Twix? Oh yeah! I'll be back when I have time to play :)

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    1. Oh what a small world! Thank you for stopping by. We're so happy to have you here!

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  31. These look good too... Following you on twitter also :)

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  32. Tonight I'm making these for the third time! It is now my go-to dessert. Thanks for an amazing recipe!!

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  33. Going to make these tomorrow. They look amazing. What size pan / how many does this recipe make? Also what caramel do you use?

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  34. These are delicious- I made them the day I found the recipe! When they're all done though, the caramel is super hard and it's difficult to cut them. Any suggestions? Thanks for the recipe!!

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  35. Seriously... this is going on my to-do list, like now-ish. Where have you been all my life???!!!!

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  36. These look good, although the peanut butter twix have always been my favorite, because when they first came out, I couldn't have caramel due to braces so I fell for the peanut butter ones. Last year we found a wonderful peanut butter recipe so I might have to play around with this crust & see what I come up with. Yummy!

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  37. I made this yesterday and they are delicious! The only problem that I had was that I cut them all into squares for a party tomorrow and put them back into the dish and they have started to slip apart and then stick together. I did wait for the crust to cool completely before putting the caramel on and then let it cool for half an hour before adding the chocolate. Is there a better way to deal with them in terms of serving? These are definitely something I would make again!

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  38. I totally want to make these with Candies on main Carmel's!

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  39. I want to make these using the candies on main Carmel's I think they would be delicious.

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  40. C'est une véritable gourmandise parfaite pour moi
    Je te souhaite une belle journée, ensoleillée et très froide chez moi
    Valérie

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  41. Oh wow these look so good! I love twix bars, but these look even better!

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  42. Thanks for sharing Sarah! I made these last week and they were a huge success. I posted my results on my blog so come over and check it out!
    http://www.mykitchenescapades.com/2013/05/twix-bars.html
    Carole

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  43. I made these for our 4th of July BBQ, and they were a HUGE hit! I used Worther's Original caramel candies because that's all I could find, and it worked out perfectly (2 bags). I also used wheat flour (all I had on hand), and next time I'll try it with regular All-Purpose, because I didn't love the texture. But the taste was great, and there wasn't a single one left over -- a stamp of approval if there ever was one! Thanks for the fabulous recipe!!

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  44. my sister pinned these and made them for our family last week. I am gong to post with a link back to you! I didn't see your photos before we made them. I like that you cut them in squares..

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  45. A friend linked this recipe on her blog and we just made them tonight. The only change I made was to melt the chocolate on the stove in the same pan I'd used for the caramels. They were a hit with the whole family!

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