Better Than Twix Bars

Twix Bars | When chocolate, caramel and shortbread combine!!

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Nice to see I’ve developed some camera skills! But these  Better Than Twix Bars are spectacular no matter what yours look like!

Better than Twix Bars | Shortbread Crust topped with caramel and chocolate for a divine treat!

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I was invited to join Weekend Blog Showcase…where bloggers feature a recipe from another blog each weekend. I was already planning to try Danielle’s Better Than Twix Bars
so it was an easy decision! Danielle is an awesome baker…her decorated cookies are breathtaking!!! She inspires me with each of her posts.

I adapted her recipe by cutting it in half and making in an 8 x 8 inch pan versus a 9 x 13. They are super yummy…just don’t goof up like I did and only add a 1 1/2 teaspoons of cream! For the sake of our dental work, they will not be refrigerated!!

Better Than Twix Bars…recipe from my friend, Danielle

1 stick (4 ounces) butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
10 ounces caramels, unwrapped (I used 35 Brach’s Milk Maid Caramels)
1 tablespoon, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons heavy cream
8 ounces milk chocolate
1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable shortening (I used vegetable oil), optional

Preheat oven to 300º. Line 8 x 8 inch pan with nonstick foil or greased regular foil.

Beat together butter, sugar and vanilla. Add the flour. Press evenly into pan…you may need to flour your fingers to prevent sticking. Prick crust with fork. Bake 35-45 minutes till crust is golden.

Immediately after removing crust from oven, run knife around edges to loosen crust. Cool completely.

Melt caramel and cream gently in microwave or in saucepan over low heat till smooth. Pour over cooled crust and chill for 30 minutes.

Gently melt chocolate in microwave or in double boiler over low heat. Add shortening or oil if too thick to pour. Pour over chilled caramel and spread to edges. Chill till chocolate is well set. Cut into squares to serve. Store covered in refrigerator, but remove a few minutes before serving.



  1. congrats on being invited to participate in the Showcase. Now I know why I’m seeing so many versions of this recipe today–I’ve been catching up on my blog reading.

    These look delish.

  2. Those look so good. If I saw a piece of that in front of me, I definitely wouldn’t want a tiny little Twix bar.

  3. Liz…….wow, these do look amazing. And, not too difficult for me to attempt. Will put this one on my “want-to-try” list.

  4. Thanks, girls!

    Carole, I really think you should document all your lovely cooking in a blog (with all your free time..ha!). C’mon, someone who bakes brioche rolls on a Sunday afternoon is certainly an accomplished cook/baker with plenty to share!

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  6. Awe Miss Lambeau would like some too. She has the best face~!!!

    I want to make those. Soon~! Who wouldn’t like what looks like shortbread, caramel and topped with chocolate? Heaven.

  7. Thanks, Hilary!!

  8. Elisabeth says:

    Lizzy, you did it again. Another winner! These “better than Twix bars” are better…much, much better. Nothing artificial in these. Just the goodness of chocolate, and the caramels add just the right touch.

  9. Thanks, everyone!!!! I agree…such a marvelous combination!

  10. Liz,

    “Chocolate Caramel Slice” is an Australian favourite, so these “Better Than Twix Bars” would be very well received by my friends back home in Australia – I am going to send the recipe to my sil, my brother will love it!

    I am also going to have to make this recipe the next time our friends Carol and Jim are in Washington State, they both love anything caramel!

    And look at how gorgeous Lambeau looks! Does she know that she has become an internet star?


  11. LOL, Crow…Lambeau is just as humble as ever!

    I bet you could make this even better with some homemade caramel sauce…one of Danielle’s friends made it with a jar of caramel which ended up being too runny, but it would be incredible without the artificial taste of bagged caramels. I ate too many as it was, so I probably don’t want to create an even better version!

    I’m flattered you are passing this recipe along 🙂 Thanks!

  12. Lambeau is so adorable…..I think she wants some too. Oh yes, back to the bars, when I showed my daughter Jackie this post she was willing to go and get the ingredients for me. Which normally she wouldn’t….. thanks for sharing your great recipe and pictures. :-)These look so delicious and creamy and chocolatey and carmelly.

  13. Hope Jackie likes them, Erica! Amazing what our kids will do for a little treat!

    PS…had to bribe Lambeau with a carrot to get her into the shot. She’s become a little camera shy…LOL…well, not really!

  14. Thanks for letting me know, Purple Koala~

  15. Srithasan says:

    Delious Sweet Bar

  16. Thanks, Srithasan! Hope you try them 🙂

  17. Our Side of the Mountain says:

    The kids and I made these tonight and they were YUMMY! (I wanted to freeze half for another time, but not going to happen! LOL) I will be sharing the recipe on my blog with a link back to your blog! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Our Side of the Mountain says:

    Here’s the link to the Twix cookie post if you would like to see it:

  19. You’re so sweet to let me know!!! Glad they were a hit!

  20. Those look amazing! I’ll be making them this weekend!

  21. This sounds awesome! I plan on doing the recipe with some gluten free flour for the crust. Cant wait to try it out!

  22. Melanie Hanni says:

    Oh this looks yummy – did you know you can use doterra pure essential oils in candies and cooking?

  23. Whitney says:

    These look really great! Wonder how it would taste to sprinkle with sea salt on top of the chocolate…

  24. Whitney, I think you’re on to something 🙂

  25. Wow – I didn’t know that there’s something better than twix bars before I saw these pics))) Now I am almost certain that your recipe wins.

  26. Can you substitute caramel ice cream topping for the melted caramels?

  27. Can you substitute caramel ice cream topping for the melted caramels?

    • Jane, I think it would be too thin/runny…and would ooze out when you cut them. I wish there was a thicker jarred substitution. You could always make your own caramels…but that is a lot of extra work.

  28. Liz, these are fabulous!!! I see no icky photos here!!!

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