Homemade Twix Bars

Found this recipe through Pinterest @ this blog. They are so yummy!

Shortbread layer

1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups Flour

Caramel layer

2 cups caramel, cut into small chunks
3 tablespoons heavy cream

Chocolate layer

3 cups chopped milk chocolate or dark chocolate, melted
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening (optional)

FOR THE CRUST: Preheat your oven to 300°F. Spray a 9" x 13" pan lightly with cooking spray, or line with parchment, and set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add the flour. At first the mixture may seem dry, but will come together as you continue to beat at medium speed. Press the dough into the pan. 
Prick the crust all over with a fork. The holes will allow steam to escape and the crust will bake evenly with fewer bubbles.
Bake the crust until it's lightly golden brown on top and the edges are deeper golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes (mine was done in 34 min.). Remove from the oven and immediately run a knife around the edges to loosen the crust. Set it aside to cool completely.
FOR THE CARAMEL LAYER: Melt the caramel and cream over low heat in a small saucepan. Pour the caramel over the cooled crust and set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill and firm up.

FOR THE CHOCOLATE LAYER: Melt the chocolate slowly in a double boiler or over very low heat (I did mine in the microwave stirring every 30 seconds). If it seems very thick, add a tablespoon of shortening to thin it. Pour evenly over the chilled caramel layer and spread to cover all of the caramel. Return to the fridge until the chocolate is well set. Cut into 2" x 2" squares to serve. It's best to store these bars in the refrigerator.

These bars can also be cut and dipped in milk chocolate to resemble Twix bars. After the caramel layer has chilled firm, cut down the length of the pan, splitting the bars into two long, narrow bars. Then cut each long strip into "fingers". Dip the chilled bars into melted chocolate and place on parchment paper to set for several hours.


Valerie said…
Last week when I made Milky Way bars, I was thinking that Twix bars are next! I love 'em. Hope I get time to try theses out.
Alida Sharp said…
I would love to try these! They look so yummy!
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Unknown said…
OMG! I have to try these. I love food and cooking as well. Have you seen Tasty Tuesdays on ForTheLoveOfBlogs? It is alot of fun. Following you from Friday Blog Hop :)
Hannah said…
Oh lordy! I need these in my mouth right NOW!!! I am definitely going to give these a try.
Jenn said…
I saw this on Pinterest too and I saved the recipe. They look so mouthwatering. I'm glad to know that you thought they were yummy.
House Of Aqua said…
They look like the real deal! Amazing!!!
Amy said…
Twix is one of my favorite candy bar and never thought of I can make it at home! How wonderful and they really look just like the store bought ones! I'll need to make these soon!
Lisa said…
Forget those Twix bars at the store. I want yours. You made the Top 5 at Sweets for a Saturday!
Those homemade Twix bars put the originals to shame! They look soooo good! Can't wait to try this recipe myself.
Anonymous said…
These look AWESOME! And I LOVE Twix bars!
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Sanz said…
Oh yum! I shouldn't....but I think I'll make these today! Oh my!