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Homemade Twix Bars

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These “Better Than” Twix Bars have a shortbread crust, decadent layer of caramel, and chocolate glaze. The perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Homemade Twix Bars - bars with a shortbread crust, decadent layer of caramel and chocolate glaze.

Homemade Twix Bars

My extraordinary and inspiring baking friend, Danielle, and I have started a monthly recipe challenge. We each pick one recipe from each other’s blog and share it on the second Monday of the month. In November, I made her amazing Caramel Brownies, we took December off, and now it’s time for another go around!

I have made her Better Than Twix Bars before, but it was in my first few months of blogging. I had approximately 1.2 followers. I needed a show-stopping recipe for a Christmas cookie exchange and I picked these from the oodles of recipes of Danielle’s I had bookmarked.

Homemade Twix Bars - bars with a shortbread crust, decadent layer of caramel and chocolate glaze.


Chocolate Caramel Dessert Sensation!

The crisp shortbread base on these homemade twix bars does tend to crumble when you cut into these decadent babies, but the taste will make up for any imperfections. Cookies + Caramel + Milk Chocolate =  Exquisite Twix Bars!!!!

Thanks, Danielle, for sharing your baking creativity week after week. I still need you to visit me and give me piping and cookie decorating intervention. You’d better pack for a week!!!! xo

You can find Danielle on her blog, Hugs & Cookies XOXO, Facebook, or Twitter.

Homemade Twix Bars

You may need these supplies to make this homemade twix bars recipe:


Better than Twix Bars

Homemade Twix Bars

Decadent shortbread bars topped with caramel and milk chocolate.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 24 bars


Shortbread layer:

  • 2 sticks cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour

Caramel layer:

  • 20 ounces Kraft caramels, unwrapped of course! (about 1 1/2 bags)
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

Chocolate layer:

  • 18 ounces milk chocolate, melted (I used Ghirardelli Bars rather than chips)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening (optional, I used)


  1. For the crust: Preheat oven to 350°. Line 9" x 13" pan with nonstick foil. Set aside.
  2. Using a pastry blender cut butter into sugar. Use fingers to break up butter, till mixture resembles cornmeal. Add vanilla. Add the flour. Mix till flour is incorporated...mixture will be crumbly.
  3. Press it evenly into the pan. Lightly flouring your fingertips will help with any sticking.
  4. Prick the crust all over with a fork.
  5. Bake 15 minutes until the crust is lightly golden brown on top and the edges are deeper golden brown. Set it aside to cool completely.
  6. For the caramel layer: Melt the caramel and cream over low heat in a small saucepan. (or use microwave, stopping and stirring at 30-60 second intervals till smooth and melted). Pour the caramel over the cooled crust and set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill and firm up.
  7. For the Chocolate Layer: Melt the chocolate and shortening in by microwaving using 30-second increments, stopping and stirring till melted and smooth. Spread over caramel. I used a plastic frosting tool to make optional striations while the chocolate was warm.
  8. Let cool before cutting.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g


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57 comments on “Homemade Twix Bars”

  1. Love these bars, Liz! Wish I had one right now for a snack before bed!

  2. Liz, this is nothing short of delightful. For some reason I’m fixated on the caramel. I’d love to sink my teeth into it!!!

  3. Ugh, are you doing a series on snack food? ๐Ÿ™

  4. I could do these and the kids would love–so would I. Yummy!

  5. Oh my gosh, look at that caramel. You chose one of Dudette’s most favorite chocolate bars, you know. She’s not only taken on the chocolate love, but pulled in caramel as well. I’ll take that one right on top with the most caramel in there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This combination of flavors is a perennial favorite, they look yummy! Did you comb the surface?

    • Yes, Paula, I followed Danielle’s lead and used my cake comb on the melted chocolate. Not perfect, but fun to add another dimension ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I need these in my life now. This is why resolutions in January are a bad idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Oh Lizzy ! Your Twix bars look really good ! Just love Twix ๐Ÿ˜€ I have this recipe of Twix bars that I’ve been wanting to bake since forever but haven’t got around on making it yet ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. Oh my!! This would not be good in my house haha! I love Twix they are like one of my biggest weaknesses!

  10. Thanks Lizzy and Danielle for sharing this delight!

  11. Wow!! these Twix bars are amazing! I just happen to have a huge milk chocolate bar, which would be a perfect use for all of that chocolate!

  12. I’m going to have to try these soon. Yum!

  13. Wow, these are very tempting:). My husband love Twix Bars so he will be veeery glad!

  14. These look and sound fantastic! Twix are one of my favorite cady bars. Delicious!

  15. Very cool bars and they really look like a side cut of a Twix bar. This one would be very bad for the waist line ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. seriously, are you trying to hurt me! I mean i just got through making cookies and now I MUST make these! Wow! Like a dream come true. Twix was and still is my favorite candy bar

  17. My friend Liz.
    These bars with these layers of caramel and chocolate are delicious. The cover was beautiful with ornaments striations. I love it. Kisses from gina

  18. Great bar cookie recipe- it’s going on the list for next year’s press box baking-for sure;-)

  19. I may seriously dream about these tonight. So yummy.

  20. These look perfect… better than the packaged twix bars for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. This is quite possibly the most exciting thing I’ve seen all Monday =)

  22. Lizzy-this wa so much fun to be a SWEETIE PIE with you!! These bars look beyond perfect!!!

  23. OMG this is awesome, if not just plain genius. I will be bookmarking this one!

  24. My, my, my, simply my! Chocolate, caramel and buttery shortbread what’s not to love?

  25. You had me at shortbread. Seriously. I could go for one of these with a scoop of ice cream! Thank you for sharing this it will be soothing my sweet tooth one day very soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Oh these look good. I think maybe a Valentine’s Day treat for my man. He loves Twix.

  27. Twix bars are one of my favorites! These look delicious.

  28. These bars look heavenly my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  29. Lizzy, these bars look like the sort that I can’t stop munching on. Very dangerous indeed!

  30. I think I just became obsessed!

  31. Those look so good! Twix where always my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Just to let you know that your link to Food on Friday: Pork was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series today. Have a nice week.

  33. Shortbread, caramel, and chocolate…Liz, this is sinfully decadent!

  34. Liz…that recipe exchange idea is a good one! And what a great choice you made. I love Twix bars and this dessert version looks even better than the original thing! : )

  35. this is absolutely one of my favorite treats! I remember someone selling them at a bake sale and they were gone in no time!

  36. These look so perfect and yummy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. “Two Sweetie Pies” <—- love this!! Homemade Twix! Now that's a treat!

  38. Just looking at these creates such a craving!

  39. Oh, these are so much prettier than the millionaires shortbread I made in December! You work magic in the kitchen, Liz. I love Twix bars and am beyond thrilled that I can make them at home with this wonderful recipe.

  40. Twix are one of my favorites because of that shortbread layer. Oh, these would be dangerous to leave around me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. How in the heck did I miss one of my favorite candy bars? Look sinfully wonderful, Liz!

  42. Homemade twix sounds like something I need to try!! These look awesome!

  43. Totally drooling over these bars. They look amazing!

  44. Such beautiful pictures. Pinning this!

  45. I’ve gotta thing for twix. Found you at Country Cook Weekend Potluck!

  46. Looks AMAZING!!! Makes me wish I didn’t already just bake something today, because I’m having baking envy!!! And, I loooove the name of your site.

    Thank you so much for linking up at City of Motherly Love’s Linky Party!

  47. These bars look exactly like Twix bars! I loooove Twix bars, really great recipe!

  48. This looks really good! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! I’m a new blogger trying to get more readers and followers. Check out me blog and let me know what you think can make it better!

  49. Thanks for sharing these on Foodie Friends Friday.. I love twix bars :). Hope you will join us again this week.

  50. These look so perfect, Liz! I’m not even much of a shortbread fan, but that looks incredibly delicious too. Well done! And thank you for linking up to the Weekend Kitchen Party…I hope you’ll come back and link up another recipe this weekend.

  51. These look soooooo delicious! I’ll be making them for dessert tonight for sure!

  52. cant imagine how much I loved this post dear,twix is my favourite chocolate..

  53. You cant imagine how much I loved this post,twix being my favourite

  54. I agree that these are so much better than twix bars! Delicious!

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