Twix Bars

An easy recipe for Twix Bars. Dare I say they’re better than the actual candy bar?!

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It feels like an eternity since I’ve last made you a pan of bars. Almost 3 weeks, which is about 2 1/2 weeks too long, if you live in my world. Whenever I develop a craving for some fabulous bars I am convinced that all of you must feel the same way. I don’t even know where this blog would be without them and have an inkling that most of you amazing readers are big fans as well. Immaright?!

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Also, candy. I find it much easier to exclude candy I don’t like instead trying to make that difficult, gut-wrenching and basically impossible decision as to which is my favorite. Almond Joy, 3 Musketeers and Babe Ruth are the ones I could do without. There are just too many that are that much better and steal the show every time. Twix candy bars definitely rank high on my list. And because they’re the perfect thing to recreate, I couldn’t wait to make something that might be even better than the real thing – an entire pan filled with chocolaty, caramelly, and buttery goodness.

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It all started when I was making a recipe for shortbread. Thinking that that would be slightly too Christmassy just yet, the idea of twix bars popped into my head. And it just so happens that caramel and chocolate are always readily available in our pantry. Are you even the least bit surprised?

On a side note though – if you love shortbread, you might want to save this recipe and make it later on this year. Sprinkle on some fine sugar (instead of the caramel and chocolate) or anything else you prefer, and you would have yourself a perfect Christmas treat.

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Or you could stick with the way I dressed them up and so have a reason to munch on shortbread all year around. Complete with that chewy and stringy caramel, a thick layer of milk chocolate and a healthy sprinkling of sea salt.

I so wish bars like these would last longer than a day or two, but no such luck in the Deliciously Yum House.

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So consider yourself warned, an unexplainable disappearance may happen to your pan of bars as well. So make sure you snag one or two right away!

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Have yourself a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

Twix Bars
Yields 12
Incredible Twix Bars that are prepared in a cinch. This is the fix your sweet tooth is looking for!
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For the Shortbread Layer
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
For the Caramel Layer
  1. 1 bag of caramels
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
For the Milk Chocolate Layer
  1. 8 ounces milk chocolate
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons shortening
  3. sea salt for sprinkling, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease an 8-8-inch glass baking pan.
  2. 1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together butter, salt, and sugar, about 2-3 minutes. Sift together baking powder and flour. Add to the butter mixture and mix until incorporated. Press dough into the prepared pan and place in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Do not overbake or the shortbread layer will be crumbly. It should be barely browned around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before moving on.
  3. 2. Meanwhile, unwrap caramels and place in a medium saucepan. Add heavy cream and melt while stirring often over medium-high heat. Pour caramel over the shortbread and using a drubber spatula, spread in an even layer. Let stand at room temperature until slightly cooled and set, about 15 minutes.
  4. 3. Combine milk chocolate and shortening in a glass bowl. Using the double boiler method, heat chocolate until fully melted. Pour an even layer over the caramel. Sprinkle with the sea salt (if using) and refrigerate for 1 hour or until set before cutting into individual bars. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Bars will keep up to 3 days stored in an airtight container.
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  1. Kathi! Do you know that Twix is my favorite candy bar? It’s always the first to go in my halloween bowl of mixed candies. I can’t wait to make these! You’re the best baker : )

  2. I can totally believe that your bars are better than the real thing! Those layers are just BEAUTIFUL, Kathi! Pinned!

  3. Oh gosh – Twix are my favourite, these look insane! How did you get the chocolate and caramel so neat and tidy?? Amazing!

  4. I love these bars, Kathi!! It’s been far too long since I’ve made a bar recipe, but I need to change that! These look so picture perfect!

  5. The pictures look so delicious! Just want to dive right into those layers. Pinned!

  6. You have no idea how excited I am girl! Twix are my absolute favorite – they are always the first to go in our candy stash! These look beyond perfect and I can’t wait to try this! Pinned!

  7. This appeals greatly to my love of chocolate candy. Oh, I’ve got to try this. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  8. I knew there was a reason we’re friends! I’m a huge bar fan and a huge Twix fan. (Favorite candy bar would have to be the dark chocolate Kit Kat, though. Why they can’t make that the default for the Kit Kat, I’ll never know.) Anyhow, these look amazing, and I think they’d be a great addition to a Christmas cookie plate!

  9. Twix bar is my husband’s favorite candy bar. Now I can surprise him with your wonderful recipe. The sea salt addition is a great one. I bet the homemade version tastes SO good!

  10. Ooo, Twix rank really really high in my world. I have GOT to try these!

  11. I was wondering what size of the bag of caramels to use? I have an 11oz bag of Kraft caramels – will that work? Also, can I use any milk chocolate? I am going to make this for a work Christmas party – it sounds so yummy!

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