Buttery Shortbread, melt-in-your-mouth Caramel, and luscious Chocolate. If Twix candy bars are your thing, you will absolutely love these cookies!
Happy Friday to you. This weekend will be the first one in several weeks that we don’t have anything special planned. And I am more than okay with that. Don’t get me wrong, I am always up for an adventure, an experience or a spontaneous trip, but getting to spend 2 full days with no plans and my favorite person, is giving me all the excited feels. In preparation, I decided to whip up a batch of cookies that would help us to properly relax and enjoy the days ahead.
Over the top cookies inspired by Twix candy bars, to be exact. If you have a thing for homemade shortbread cookies, chewy caramel, and a thick layer of chocolate, then I don’t think you need much convincing to try them for yourself.
Twix Cookies are the ultimate treat!
The idea for these cookies has been swirling around my head ever since making these Snickers-inspired cookies a while back. Needless to say, I have some more cookie ideas waiting to be made in the not so distant future ;). Also, any time that I get to add Fun Size Twix to my shopping list and have a good reason to buy them (since it’s for the blog), is quite alright in my books. There’s nothing like getting to play with candy during recipe development – it sure makes things that much sweeter. And don’t worry, I certainly taste-tested a mini Twix to make sure they weren’t bad or anything.
You may have noticed by now that some cookies are singles and others are double-stacked. I just couldn’t resist to build some cookie towers, which are most definitely double as delicious. You can go either way, of course. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way here.
The shortbread cookies totally steal the show. Yes, chocolate and caramel pretty much can’t be beat, but there’s something about that buttery, soft, and perfectly base layer that is the main reason why I’ll be going back for more over the next few days. After getting to indulge in a cookie or two already, the wonderfulness of the shortbread is what I look forward to the most. So yummy.
Happy cookie making. Have the most delectable weekend ahead!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk or dark chocolate, plus 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 (11 oz) bag caramel bits, plus 2 tablespoons water
- Twix candy bars, chopped up
- 1. Sift together flour and salt. Set aside.
- 2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat butter until fluffy (about 1 minute). Add sugar and mix until incorporated. Add vanilla and stir until combined. Gently stir in flour mixture and stir until a smooth dough forms. Shape dough into a disk and wrap in clear wrap. Place in the fridge for one hour or until ready to use.
- 3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lightly flour your work surface and roll out dough until 1/4 inch thick. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out circles and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Pace baking sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes before baking. Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookie edges are lightly browned. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
- 4. Melt caramel bits and water in a small saucepan or with the help of your microwave in a heatproof bowl in 30 second intervals. Being very careful not to burn the caramel - stir frequently!Using a spoon, drizzle enough caramel to cover the surface of each cookie.
- 4. Finally, melt chocolate and oil in a heatproof bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals until fully melted or with the help of a double boiler. Using another spoon, drizzle desired amount of chocolate over the caramel and sprinkle with Twix pieces. Let cookies sit for 30 minutes or until set on the counter or place finished cookies in the fridge for 15 minutes to speed up the setting period. Enjoy!
- Shortbread cookie recipe adapted from joyofbaking.com.