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July 23, 2012

July's Secret Recipe Club - Homemade Twix Bars

Happy Monday to you!

First things first.... shameless plug! I just started a facebook page and would love for you to come like it :) You can click on the link above or click on the icon in my sidebar to the right.

It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club.

I was assigned to Chris's blog Mele Cotte, which I learned means "baked apple" in Italian. She has an array of recipes that anyone would want to try! How about some Marinated Mushrooms, or Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake? So many sounded delish but I decided on her Homemade Twix Bars

























Cuz I don't even think it is possible for me to pass up chocolate and caramel.

I did put mine in the freezer to get them nice and firm, more like a Twix bar. Then I stored them in the fridge so they would stay firm. At room temperature, they get softer. But they were good that way too! I just prefer mine firm from the fridge  :)


Homemade Twix Bars
ever so slightly adapted from Mele Cotte

Shortbread Base
  • 1 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup castor (fine) sugar (or pulse granulated sugar in a food processor, then measure)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Caramel Filling
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 14- oz. can sweetened condensed milk
Chocolate Topping 
  • 11.5 oz milk chocolate

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray and line the bottom of an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.

For shortbread, combine flour, softened butter, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed until the batter starts to come together. Do not overbeat. While together but still crumbly, transfer dough to the prepared pan and press evenly and firmly to make the base. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.

Meanwhile, make the caramel filling. Place the butter, sugar, dark corn syrup, and condensed milk in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir frequently. Once the sugar dissolves, increase heat and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat back to medium-low heat. Cook, stirring frequently, for 8-10 minutes until the mixture becomes thick and begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.

Pour over the baked shortbread base and let cool for 15-30 minutes. Place in the refrigerator to cool and firm completely. Once firm, melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl until melted, stirring frequently. Cool slightly. Pour over the caramel and spread, creating an even layer. 

Chill to set. Cut into desired bars.  Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Makes about 16, 4-inch sticks.


These bars weren't difficult to make at all. Make a golden shortbread base, cover it with a sweet caramel filling, and top it off with some chocolate... reminiscent of a Twix candy bar. Except homemade is always better. 

And you can give them away to people to show them you care. Chocolate and caramel do that, ya know  :)


Linking up here.

Peace, and bacon grease!


51 comments:

Lizzy said...

Ooh, I love these bars!!! Great SRC pick, Desi! I hope you're doing well~

Toni said...

Those look so simple and yummy! I need to make these now! Great SRC post!

Melissa said...

I haven't had a Twix bar in years, but I think I'll have to make these now...they look delicious! Great SRC pick!

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

I have always wanted to make these, and now you have talked me into it. Great recipe! These look good!

Erin said...

These have been on my to make list for awhile and I can't figure out why I haven't made them yet. They look wonderful. But giving them away? I think we would eat them all first ;o)

oureatinghabits said...

I have always wanted to try homemade Twix bars, yours look delicious!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

OOh! These look great! I've had such a sweet tooth lately, these would surely satisfy. The kids would love these, thanks!

Aly ~ Cooking in Stilettos said...

GREAT pic!!! Now I'm ready to go home and make a batch :)

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING said...

I almost made these too from my SRC blog! Too Funny! Now I must try them!

Here is my SRC
http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2012/07/brownie-trifle-secret-recipe-club.html

Kirstin said...

YUM!!! I went through a phase in HS where Twix was my favorite candy bar. These sound so yummy, and much better for you than store bought (C:

Chris said...

Excellent! I am so excited that you chose the Twix. They're always a favorite. Thanks for visiting my blog and trying out the recipe. I am glad you enjoyed them.
Chris - melecotte.com

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

These look awesome! Against my better judgement, I'm pinning these. Maybe I'll hate them and not need to make them and gain weight. Anyway, thanks!!! Barb

Debra Eliot said...

These look totally dangerous! Great pick for SRC.

Julie said...

I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop:
http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/07/show-your-stuff-33-upsidedown-brownies.html

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

Oh girl!!, another great treat from you that I must try. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

Gloria said...

These bars look amazing; I love them:)

Erin Reimer said...

Awesome choice for SRC!! I can't resist chocolate and caramel either - such a classic and addictive combo. Great to be in group C with you. :D

koralee said...

Now these look amazing...thank you for sharing. xo Love your blog

Kimberly said...

Oh, yum! Can't wait to make these. Thanks for sharing!

xo-Kimberly {allons-y kimberly}

heidi said...

They look devine - am suddenly craving Twix!

Amanda Eisenberg said...

Wow! These look incredible! I'll have to try these out when the hubby gets back in town :-) Great SRC pick

Veronica Miller said...

Yum yum yum! These sound fabulous! I've made something similar but the filling was just plain dulce de leche. I love the thick caramel layer here! And I liked you twice, once as me and once with my own page. No shame in plugging! :)

Jessica said...

You have me drooling! I may have to make these for my upcoming family bbq. Thanks for sharing, I found you via Delightfully Dowling's hop, I am now following along!

Jessica
http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/

Heather Kinnaird said...

I have been wanting to try candy bar making - these look great!

Judy said...

I'm guessing that these would probably be even BETTER than Twix bars! :-)

Glo said...

Oh wow! I have to try these! I would love for you to share it and others on my new blog hop Frugal "I Did It!" Tuesday. http://offthegridat-30.blogspot.ca/2012/07/frugal-i-did-it-tuesday-2.html

The Mandatory Mooch said...

These look delicious!! I'd love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. It's a new linky party starting today. Hope to see you there. Thanks, Nichi
http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/07/tasty-thursdays-1.html

Faith said...

Omg!! I love Twix! That looks amazing. Oh please be so kind and mail me some ;)

Carole said...

Great post. I found this through Turning the Clock Back's What's Cooking Wednesday. I have linked in a post about some home-made steak burgers I did. Have a lovely week.

Jayasri Ravi said...

I love twix bars, wow, they look so amazing, oh! my to do list is just going to increase i think..., I should make it...

Miz Helen said...

Hi Desi,
This is a great recipe that we would really enjoy! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Chris said...

I've had this on my "to make soon" list for far too long, and then I want to use them in homemade ice cream.

The Daily Smash said...

Looks so good. What a great blog you have makes me hungry lol. If you have a min check out mine if you have not already :)

www.thedailysmash101.blogspot.com

have a great day

Diane Balch said...

My kids are going to have so much fun making these. Please share this recipe today on my foodie friday party.

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

I'm stopping by for a visit from Comfy in the Kitchen today.
This gal is always on the lookout for delicious recipes.
Have a terrific week!

Marlys Folly said...

Love twix bars and have made this recipe or similar anyways. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.. Liked your facebook page and following you on GFC
marlys-thisandthat.blogspot.com

Tanya-Lemonsforlulu.com said...

Love home made candy bars!!! They taste great and you feel somehow less guilty eating something homemade! These look wonderful! I think I need to try these out!

Robyns View said...

Oh my goodness! These look delicious!! I love Twix bars. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! I am your newest follower! I am sharing your recipe on my facebook page.

Robyn

http://www.facebook.com/RobynsViewatHome

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

So yummy! I'm in love with these. :)

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

Oh, I LOVE twix bars so these sounds delicious. Thank you so much for linking up to the Pinworthy Projects Party!

Judy@SavoringToday said...

Funny, when I do eat a twix, which is rare, I always take it apart to eat the caramel separate from the cookie ... silly habits we can have huh?! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

The Mandatory Mooch said...

Thank you so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays last week. This post will be a FEATURE this week Congrats!!
Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch

KB said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

Emily said...

my husband would love this! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Tuesday at Nap Time Creations. You will be featured at this weeks party that opens tonight at 8:30pm.
http://www.nap-timecreations.com/

MM said...

You know I think you are pretty much evil right now, right? I can't look away from caramel and chocolate either.

Thanks for linking with See Ya In the Gumbo this week! (I think. Just kidding!)

Debi Bolocofsky said...

Dear Desi,

Thank you so much for linking with my Wednesday Adorned From Above Blog Hop last week. I have listed your posting as one of my featured links for this week. Those twix bars look amazing

http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/natural-translucent-face-powder-update.html

Grab the link on my blog that say

I am a featured blogger at Wednesday Adorned From Above Blog Hop

Thank you again for participating, and I hope that you have lots of links for this week.

Sincerely,
Debi Bolocofsky
www.adornedfromabove.com

Jaime Lyn said...

Twix are probably one of my top 3 favorite candy bars! Thank you for sharing this recipe!! I'd love to have you share it at Mom's Test Meal Monday's link party!

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Sarah E. said...

YUM! I love Twix bars :)

Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursday!

Malory {Snips & Spice} said...

This looks so delicious! I might have just drooled on my keyboard. Thanks for linking! I liked it so much that I featured you this week! Check it out here: http://snips-and-spice.blogspot.com/2012/08/saturday-is-special-day-party-features-5.html

I hope you will link up more great recipes tomorrow.

Malory

Faye and Yvonne said...

yummy! that a great idea.

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Melissa | Cajun Sugar Pie said...

Thanks for sharing these at Whatcha Baking Wednesday! I featured them in my July recap!