Friday, September 30, 2011

Homemade Twix



I came across a recipe for homemade Twix on Pinterest and thought they looked delicious.  You know, it's been years since I've had one.  And oh how I love a good Twix. 

And my daughter . . . she's never, ever had a Twix.  Poor girl, I know.  It's that whole darn peanut allergy thing.  So when I saw this recipe I decided I'd have to try it, and since my daughter loves to bake it was the perfect thing to make together on a quiet afternoon after school.


Ingredients:

Shortbread layer

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

Caramel layer

  • 2 cups caramel, cut into small chunks
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

Chocolate layer

  • 3 cups chopped milk chocolate or dark chocolate, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening (optional)



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.


6) FOR THE CARAMEL LAYER: Melt the caramel and cream over low heat in a small saucepan. 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 milk or dark chocolate slowly in a double boiler or over very low heat. If it seems very thick, add a tablespoon of shortening to thin it. Pour evenly over the chilled caramel layer and spread to cover all of the caramel. Return to the fridge until the chocolate is well set. Cut into 2" x 2" squares to serve. It's best to store these bars in the refrigerator.

8) These bars can also be cut and dipped in milk chocolate to resemble Twix bars (but I'm in to simplicity and opted for the chocolate layer on top). After the caramel layer has chilled firm, cut down the length of the pan, splitting the bars into two long, narrow bars. Then cut each long strip into "fingers". Dip the chilled bars into melted chocolate and place on parchment paper to set for several hours.


Yum!  
I'll be making these again . . .

21 comments:

  1. Yummmm :) I think I will have to try this with my niece in a few weeks. Gotta love pinterest.

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  2. I made these a few weeks ago! I didn't even think about real Twixes not being allowed in your house. I should have shared the recipe earlier!

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  3. I have a kid with a nut allergy too! Thanks for posting this. We are going to have to give this a try!

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  5. WOW! My favorite candy bar.....I might be in trouble if I start making this.....hello weight gain!!

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  6. That looks like a great treat for a kid with a peanut allergy. I love baking with my daughter as well! I found you through Sumo's Sweet Stuff.

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  7. I can't wait to try these. I love all of the DIY cloned candy recipes available now! Christmas goodies bags just got a lot better!

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  8. Oh my gosh this look fabulous, I'm going to try this for my halloween party!!

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  9. Looks so yummy!!! Can't wait to try that! I'm all for home made candy!

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  10. This looks soo good! My hubby's gonna luuuv you for sharing this, or me for making them for him. ;) Your newest follower,
    Carrie

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  11. WOW! Can't wait to try this one! Thanks for sharing on the Girls Creative -- that's how I found you! ;)

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  12. Looks delicious. Can't wait to try it.

    Melissa
    http://redflycreations.blogspot.com

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  13. I also became one of your followers.

    Melissa
    http://redflycreations.blogspot.com

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  14. Love it! Please post this, and anything else you may have,in my link party at
    http://diycraftstomake.blogspot.com/

    Thanks,

    Peggy

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  15. my favorite candy bar- made into a cookie! YUM!

    {saw you on somewhat simple}

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  16. I love twix and this is a great way to make it at home. Thanks for sharing. It would make a really good Halloween treat. Visiting from Tatertots and Jello. Vicky from www.messforless.net

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  18. These are perfect Amy. Twix are one of my favorite...I'm glad I can share them with Rebekah now!

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  19. I must know...do these taste like real twix?!?! Don't tell anyone but instead of a bagel from the cafeteria, I used to grab a twix bar and a jug of chocolate milk and spent first period high school math indulging in chocolatey breakfast.

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  20. Regina-
    Yes! I'd say they are really close.

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