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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Homemade Twix Bars

My friend Jessica requested these. After hearing about the homemade Milky Ways she saw homemade Twix Bars somewhere and said I should try them out. They were very easy to make. I think next time I would try to make the shortbread crust thinner. I think it was too thick but they still tasted good. As a surprise for her I wrapped these tasty treats up and mailed them off to Arizona. I'll probably need to make these again soon to take to work because when they heard I made them they were very disappointed they didn't get any.

Homemade Twix Bars
from King Arthur Flour

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Shortbread layer
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

Caramel layer

  • 2 cups caramel, cut into small chunks (I used a bag of caramel bits)
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream (I used water)

Chocolate layer

  • 1 package milk chocolate chips

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) Take the dough (it will be somewhat stiff) and press it evenly into the pan. Lightly flouring your fingertips will help with any sticking.

4) Prick the crust all over with a fork. The holes will allow steam to escape and the crust will bake evenly with fewer bubbles.

5) Bake the crust until it's lightly golden brown on top and the edges are deeper golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes. 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:

In a microwave safe bowl heat the caramel and water in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. Pour over the shortbread layer and put in fridge to cool and set up for 30 minutes.

For the Chocolate Layer:

In a microwave safe bowl melt the chocolate chips in a 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate over the caramel layer and place back in the fridge to cool and set up.

Or if you want to be more like Twix Bars cut the shortbread and caramel into bars and dip fully into the chocolate and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet. Place in fridge to harden.

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