Homemade Twix Bars
These outrageously delicious Homemade Twix Bars have a shortbread crust, a decadent layer of caramel, and chocolate glaze. The perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth!
If you’re a Twix Bar fan, you’ll love having these gooey caramel bars for an unforgettable indulgence.
Homemade Twix Bars
I have made my friend, Danielle’s, 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 caramel bars from oodles of her blog recipes that I had bookmarked.
Being someone who could just pour caramel sauce right into my mouth this layered caramel chocolate bar recipe was a no-brainer. There’s the buttery shortbread base, the sweet and gooey caramel center, and a milk chocolate topping. Three textures, three flavors, and two thumbs up!
Txix Bar Recipe
None of the steps in this recipe are difficult. The biggest challenge is cutting them into neat bars since the shortbread crust tends to crumble. But this only seems to be a problem when you need to take photos, not if you need to eat them! The taste makes up for any imperfections. Cookies + Caramel + Milk Chocolate = Exquisite Twix Bars!!!!
What are Twix Bars?
If you’re not familiar with Twix Bars, they came into existence in 1967 in the United Kingdom and made their way to the U.S. in 1979. Produced by Mars, Inc. the original Twix was a biscuit topped with caramel and milk chocolate. Now there are various flavor combinations along with different sizes and packaging options.
How Do You Make Homemade Twix Bars?
There are three layers in these bars, so three main steps.
- First, using either a pastry blender or a food processor, make the shortbread crust.
- Press the crust onto the bottom of the baking pan and bake. PRO-Tip: Line your baking pan with nonstick foil for easy removal from the pan for slicing (use the foil as a sling) and to prevent the caramel from sticking to the pan.
- Next, melt the unwrapped caramels with the cream and spread over the cooled crust. Chill.
- Finally, melt the chocolate and shortening and spread over the chilled caramel layer. Use a frosting tool to make a striated design across the top of the chocolate before it cools, if desired.
- Chill bars until the topping is set. Slice and serve.
How to Store Caramel Chocolate Bars
Caramel Bars offer a challenge when storing since the gooey caramel can ooze a bit once they’re cut. I recommend storing these in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be frozen, but the chocolate layer may not be pristine when they’re defrosted. Defrost in the refrigerator in the same container in which they were frozen. Note: once the bars are frozen, they can be stacked with a layer of parchment paper between the bars.
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!!!!
You can find Danielle on her blog, Hugs & Cookies XOXO, Facebook, or Twitter.
More Caramel Desserts
- Chocolate Caramel Twix Cheesecake
- Twix Cheesecake Bars
- Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookies
- Double Chocolate Twix Cookies
- Milky Way Brownies
- Plus more of my Best Cookie Recipes
This recipe was first shared in January 2013. Photos and text were updated in 2021.
Homemade Twix Bars
Decadent shortbread bars topped with caramel and milk chocolate.
- 2 sticks cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 20 ounces Werther's Original Chewy caramels, unwrapped of course!
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 18 ounces milk chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli Bars but chocolate chips are an alternative)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening (optional, I used to make the topping more glossy)
- For the crust: Preheat oven to 350°. Line 9" x 13" pan with nonstick foil. Set aside.
- Using a pastry blender cut butter into the sugar. Use fingers to break up the butter, till the mixture resembles cornmeal.
- Add vanilla. Add the flour.
- Mix till flour is incorporated. The mixture will be crumbly. Alternatively, you can mix in the food processor.
- Press it evenly into the pan. Lightly flouring your fingertips will help with any sticking.
- Prick the crust all over with a fork.
- 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.
- For the caramel layer: Melt the caramel and cream over low heat in a small saucepan. (or use the 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.
- 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 with an offset spatula. I also used a plastic frosting tool to make optional striations while the chocolate was warm.
- Let cool before cutting. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to minimize the caramel oozing.
You can also use Kraft caramels, but I prefer the taste of Werther's.
I've tested a number of crusts, but they all seem to crumble a bit when the bars are sliced. They will still taste amazing!
The caramel will ooze, so these are best stored in the refrigerator. Cut into squares right before serving if you want the cleanest slices.
Serving Size:1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g
61 Comments on “Homemade Twix Bars”
These look perfect… better than the packaged twix bars for sure! 🙂
I may seriously dream about these tonight. So yummy.
Great bar cookie recipe- it’s going on the list for next year’s press box baking-for sure;-)
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
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
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 😉
These look and sound fantastic! Twix are one of my favorite cady bars. Delicious!
Wow, these are very tempting:). My husband love Twix Bars so he will be veeery glad!
I’m going to have to try these soon. Yum!
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!
Thanks Lizzy and Danielle for sharing this delight!
Oh my!! This would not be good in my house haha! I love Twix they are like one of my biggest weaknesses!
Oh Lizzy ! Your Twix bars look really good ! Just love Twix 😀 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 😛
I need these in my life now. This is why resolutions in January are a bad idea 🙂
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 🙂
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. 🙂
I could do these and the kids would love–so would I. Yummy!
Ugh, are you doing a series on snack food? 🙁
Is that a bad thing?? 😀 I’m not sure why we even have regular food. Snacks all day, I say.
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!!!
Love these bars, Liz! Wish I had one right now for a snack before bed!