Homemade TWIX Bars

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My staff and I had a VERY challenging week at the ol’ preschool, so I was looking for the perfect sweet treat to get us through our Friday, AND to show my appreciation for them coming back to fight another day!

It’s a tough job guys, really it is. I would REALLY lose my mind without my paraprofessionals.

I needed CHOCOLATE, and had seen homemade Twix bars before and could not get them out of my mind.

I came across a fabulous blog called High Heels & Grills whose recipe for Homemade Twix Bars seemed just perfect, so I gave it ago.

Let me tell you it IS pretty dang perfect.

My staff ate these up (and so did I), and they even took some home to share with their families!

I will definitely make these again, they were simple and really hit the spot.

Here is the recipe as it was posted, my notes will follow.

Homemade Twix Bars

Prep: 15 minutes     Bake: 35 minutes    Inactive: 2 hours     Total: 2 hours 50 minutes

Ingredients

The dough, poked with a fork, ready for the oven!

The dough, poked with a fork, ready for the oven!

  • 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

Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a 9×13 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.
  6. Prick the crust all over with a fork – allowing 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.
Caramel Layer

My layers are poured, ready to go in the refrigerator to set!

My layers are poured, ready to go in the refrigerator to set!

  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.
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.
  3. Pour evenly over the chilled caramel layer and spread until it covers the entire surface.
  4. Return to the refrigerator until the chocolate is well set.
  5. Cut and serve.

My bake time for the crust was slightly longer, but I find that to be true on most recipes, so it may just be my oven.

I did NOT need to use shortening in my chocolate, it was thin enough to pour and spread. I used Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips.

I would remove the Homemade Twix Bars from the refrigerator for at least one hour prior to cutting. I kept mine in the refrigerator overnight, then tried to cut and ended up cracking the chocolate and making a bit of a mess! Softening the chocolate may help this.

You can also cut the crust and caramel layer and dip in the chocolate to resemble an actual Twix bar more closely!

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Enjoy!