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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DIY Twix Bars

These wannabe "Twix" bars are SO simple, and almost taste better than the real thing!! Not as much work as I thought, especially for someone who thinks even the thought of recipes like this are beyond overwhelming.

The idea came to me after Halloween, when our attempt at making caramel apples turned into yummy apples with a delicious dip!! We couldn't get the caramel to a high enough temperature, but it was the perfect temperature for a dip or a recipe like this. I also got an easy and delicious shortbread recipe from my amazing dessert-master of an aunt. Top the both with chocolate and voila! Perfect combination.

Twix Bars:
Prepare shortbread layer:
Recipe by Wendi Klein
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups unsalted butter
4 cups flour
Pinch of salt
Pinch of baking powder
1/2-1 tsp vanilla

 Press down into 13x9 pan to be about 1/8" thick.
Poke dough all over with a fork and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool.

Prepare caramel layer:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup light corn syrup
2 cups brown sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

Combine the first three ingredients in a large saucepan.  When the butter is melted, add the condensed milk.  Stirring constantly, cook to 230 degrees (soft ball stage).  Take off heat, and stir in vanilla.

OR use a shortcut method:
Two 14 oz bags of caramels
2 Tbs + 2 tsp heavy cream

Unwrap caramels and place in a saucepan.
Turn to medium-low heat at stir until melted, and add in heavy cream.  Do NOT overcook!

Pour hot caramel over the shortbread and spread evenly.
If it cools too fast, get fingers a little bit wet and you can easily move it around.
Let cool.

Prepare chocolate layer:
Melt 1 1/2 - 2 bags of chocolate chips
{I used milk chocolate, but you can use whatever you like}
Small amount of vegetable oil or shortening if chocolate is too thick to pour

Melt chocolate chips and oil/shortening  in microwave or in a double boiler over low heat.
Pour over caramel and spread to edges.
Let cool.

Cut into squares {I also used cookie cutters for some fun shapes} and serve!
Store covered at room temperature or in the fridge {remove from fridge a little while before serving!}

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  1. Oh...shut the front door! twix are my { and my son's }favorite!! Gonna need to try this! ;)

    Bonnie @ Uncommon

  2. These look Amazing! thanks for posting. i am definitely making these this weekend.


  3. I am saving this recipe. This is one of my gtanddaughter's very favorite treats in the world. Thank you so much- xo Diana

  4. Twix is one of my favs...but I read somewhere that they are the worst candy bar for you! Something about saturated fats maybe?!? I wonder if the homemade version is better for you. Surely it has to be! This is going on my list of recipe to try for sure:)

  5. OMG! This is on my list for tomorrow. Here's to hopping I dont mess it up. lol Thanks for sharing, they look DELISH!

  6. Wait! What? I have wayyyyyy too much candy from Easter in this house to even consider gallavanting around town with these. I have no choice but to start making it disappear!

  7. YUMMY!!!!
    I LOVE twix bars!
    Thank you so much for sharing...

  8. Yum! I can't wait to give these a try. I'm sure they're so much better than the store-bought ones.

  9. My husband makes something similar and also delicious. Put a layer of saltines on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Melt together a stick of butter and 2 cups brown sugar. Pour mixture over saltines. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and once they melt spread them around. Stick in fridge until cool and hard then break apart and eat. Can't wait to try your recipe!

  10. These look so AMAZING!!!! My sons LOVE Twix....I've just pinned this so I can be sure to fine this recipe later!

  11. this looks sooo good! thanks for sharing! {i'm about to go pin it too so i can remember :)}


  12. Stopping by from Homeschooling on the Cheap! We made a similar Twix bar last month and they were a BIG hit! Very yummy!

  13. Hi,

    I followed you over from Wow Me Wednesday and these look delish! Can't wait to try them out.

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at (Link up until Monday 4-23-12)

    Have a great day,

  14. Yummo! Twix are my favorite candy bar. I've so got to try these!

  15. Yummy. Going on my to-do for sure! Pinned this

  16. this is my new favorite recipe.

  17. Thanks for linking up. I can't wait to try this recipe. Hope to see you back again next week.

    Have a great day,

  18. Thanks so much for linking up this delicious recipe @CountryMommaCooks...I can't wait to try 'em.......have a wonderful Sunday:)

  19. Sounds awesome so making these!

  20. I am so stoked to make these tonight! I have been thinking about them all day. :)

  21. Drool. Saw this feature over at Newlyweds on a Budget and I had to head over. These look fantastic!

  22. These look amazing! Found you at Sunday {Fun}day and had to click on it! I am putting these on my list for this week to make! YUM!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  24. These look SO good!!! I'd love for you to come link up to our party where we can show off all of our old projects! :) Jessica

  25. Hey, Is powdered the same as icing sugar (sugar with starch added)? Or is it regular white granulated sugar?


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