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These Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookies will rock your world if you’re a fan of Twix bars or any treat combining shortbread, chocolate and caramel!!! 

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookies on a round white plate

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookies

I can’t say I’ve eaten very many Twix candy bars, but I adore almost any dessert that involves chocolate and caramel. These Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookies start with a round of buttery shortbread, then a dollop of dreamy caramel, and finally a smear of milk chocolate. To push these even further over the top, you can sprinkle with some sea salt (I love Maldon) or coarse sugar. They look so elegant with a bit of sparkle.

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookies baked and decorated on a parchment lined sheet pan

Tips for Making These Twix Cookies:

These cookies have three components so take a little time to make and baked the cookies, let them cool, add the caramel, let that cool, then top with chocolate. You can easily space out these steps throughout the day. Here are some tips to make the procedure go smoothly.

  • Oftentimes, the butter used to make shortbread is cold. In this recipe, the butter is at room temperature, so set it out on the counter early in the day (unless it’s mid-summer or you live in Florida. Use your best judgment as to how long it will take your butter to get soft).
  • You do not want the butter so warm that it appears greasy.
  • Once you make your dough, you roll it to a thickness of 1/8-inch. If the dough is too soft to roll, wrap it in plastic and chill for 30-60 minutes, then try again.
  • I used a 2-inch cookie cutter to make these cookies. Any smaller and it will be tedious to decorate!
  • The caramel is made with packaged caramels that you melt in the microwave. Gently melt with heavy cream. If you overheat, the caramel will get too stiff. You want it to be of a spreadable consistency so feel free to add a little more cream if needed.
  • I use an offset spatula to spread on the caramel and the chocolate.
  • Melting chocolate at home often brings quality concerns as it can bloom or get a whitish gray tinge as it cools. There is no danger in eating this chocolate, but it is not very attractive.
  • Adding a bit of shortening to your chocolate often prevents bloom (as does tempering, but that’s a more complicated process) or you can use chocolate melting wafers instead.
Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookies arranged on a white ceramic plate

Two Sweetie Pies

Thanks again to my lovely friend, Danielle, for another magnificent recipe! She is my go-to blogger for decadent treats. I promise you will love whatever you try from her blog!!! We share a recipe from each other’s sites every second Monday of the month.  I took these Twix copycats to a morning gathering at a friend’s house where I immediately got a recipe request. I’m glad I gave some away as I could eat the whole batch myself!

Check out Danielle’s  social media sites! Plus make sure to stop by her blog and check out which of my recipes she made this month, too. And if you’re curious about her take on these gems, find her Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookies here.

More Chocolate Caramel Recipes You’ll Love:

This is a classic pairing that is terrific with or without nuts (you turtle lovers will appreciate throwing pecans into the mix!). From the blog, I’m a huge fan of this Chocolate Caramel Tart, Turtle BrowniesChocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars, and this exquisite Twix Cheesecake. I also love these Twix Carmelitas from Oh, Sweet Basil and these Chocolate Caramels from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles.

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Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookies

All the flavors of a Twix bar in a delectable cookie!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: varies depending on size and thickness of cookies
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies
  • Method: Baking, Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks), at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag Kraft caramels (approximately 15 ounces)
  • 2+ tablespoons heavy cream
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli bars)*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons shortening, optional
  • Coarse sugar or Maldon sea salt, optional, to sprinkle over chocolate.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter and sugar.
  3. Add vanilla, flour and salt and mix until dough forms.
  4. Roll half the dough out between 2 sheets of parchment dusted with flour. Roll to ¼ inch thickness.
  5. Use round cookie cutter (mine were 2 inches in diameter). Place on prepared baking sheets.
  6. Bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes. Let cool.
  7. Gently melt caramel and cream in microwave until smooth.
  8. Spoon onto each cookie and let set.
  9. Gently melt chocolate and shortening in microwave and spoon carefully over the set caramel. Sprinkle coarse sugar or sea salt over chocolate if desired. Let the chocolate solidify before serving.

Notes

Make sure your chocolate is chopped very fine. Gently microwave (stopping to stir at 30 second intervals) until it’s almost melted. You want to let it finish melting outside the microwave. Being too aggressive will result in the chocolate blooming, but the cookies will still taste amazing!

Don’t let your caramel and cream over cook in the microwave too long or it will be extra chewy. Add an extra teaspoon of cream if you’re worried about over heating it!

*You can also use Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers if you don’t want to risk having your chocolate bloom.

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32 comments on “Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookies {Twix Cookies}”

  1. Seriously, these are the best cookies EVER!! I will be adding these to my holiday baking!

  2. These cookies look amazing!

  3. What a perfect cookie! I haven’t had many Twix bars either, but I always love them when I have them. I’m sure the same will be true with these yummy cookies 🙂

  4. What a pretty and perfect looking cookies. I sure love Twix bars and combining them with shortbread, chocolate and caramel sound like a fantastic idea, Liz.

  5. I have had my fair share of twix, the cookies look way better!

  6. I am on a cookie overload but these shortbread cookies look delicious. I love all the ingredients including the Twix bar.

  7. There is just no going wrong with shortbread, caramel and chocolate!

  8. Decadent sounds like the perfect word to describe this cookies. I don’t know if I could trust myself around a platter of them. 🙂

  9. These cookies are just beautiful!

  10. My son loves Twix so these cookies look great for him. Now I just need to find time to bake them:)

  11. I have been looking for something different to make this year and I think I found it, they look delicious.

  12. Anything with caramel works for me, dear! Lovely sharing, Liz! xoxo

  13. These look AMAZING Liz! One of my favorite Candy Bars! YUM!

  14. These look so delicious and would be great to bring to a party.

  15. I need to make these. Twix bars were my brothers favorite growing up… I see cookies in his future!

  16. These look amazing. My husband is a total Twix freak, and he would love these.

  17. Looks super yummy:)

  18. You are speaking my language, Liz! Kraft caramels , Ghirardelli chocolates, and shortbread cookies in one or two (okay one) bite! Yes please =)

  19. I’d like to make these but am a little confused… Recipe instructions tell us to melt both the caramels and the chocolate with the cream… does that mean 1 Tbsp of cream with each? Or 2 Tbsp of cream with each (for a total of 4 Tbsp)? I hope you can clarify for everyone… Tx!

  20. These beauties reminds me that I haven’t had enough shortbread and caramel in my life.

  21. These are as good as they look !!!! My niece and I just made them. Easy but time consuming. Worth every minute though. Delicious.

  22. Everyone who knows me knows that I CRAZY about Twix bars. I wasn’t sure if these would live up to my expectations, but they did! They are SO good! I can’t wait to make them again!

  23. Oh look, it’s my new favorite cookie!!! These are seriously at the top pf my list! Delicious!!!

  24. Caramel shortbread cookies sound like just what I need right now! I would devour a plate like of these!

  25. I made these yesterday and boy are they delicious! I am going to hide a few from the kids so I can continue to enjoy them!

  26. Twix are my favorite and these taste just like them!

  27. These quickly disappeared at my house! Everyone loved it!

  28. We took these to a potluck event over the weekend and they were a hit. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  29. My favorite candy bar in cookie form? Yes please!

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