Introduction: Homemade Twix Candy Bar Recipe

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I love Twix candy bars, but I'm not crazy about all the additives.  This recipe is like Twix candy bar goes gourmet, but super easy to make.  In fact, it's probably the easiest copycat candy bar recipe I've made!

I fiddled with this recipe quite a bit.  The problem is in the shortbread.  That's what makes or breaks a homemade Twix bar in my opinion.  Most shortbread recipes are very flaky and crumbly, and that's just not going to work here.  So I decided to add an egg and increase the flour content of a more traditional shortbread recipe.  The process remains simple and the result is near perfect, if a little softer than the original.

These are great for a party, and freeze up well too.   

Step 1: Ingredients

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You could make this whole thing totally simple by buying prepackaged shortbread cookies, but I decided to try and do it from scratch!

What follows is the shortbread recipe I used.  What I realized (had realized, forgotten, and just now remembered) is that the perfect cookie recipe for this is actually here.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) (227 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (85 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups (250 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 - 5.5 ounce bags (15.5 ounces total) soft caramels (or make your own)
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • dash salt (opt)
  • 12 ounces (240 grams) milk chocolate, cut into pieces

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Step 2: Making the Shortbread

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Preheat oven to 300oF (150C) and place rack in center of oven.

With an electric mixer or hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 

Add egg and beat until combined.

Beat in the vanilla extract.

Add the flour and salt and beat until the dough just comes together.

Refrigerate the dough until firm.

Roll out the dough or press onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 20 - 30 minutes, turning the baking sheet front-to-back half-way through baking.

Step 3: Making the Caramel Filling

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Place your caramels, milk and salt in a microwaveable bowl and nuke for 1 minute at a time, stopping to stir, until nice and melty (3-4minutes)

If you're using homemade caramels, you can reduce the amount of milk and microwave time.

If you are using hard caramels, increase the milk.

Pour caramel over the baked cookie.

Once the caramel has set, cut into whatever size pieces you desire.

For best results, chill them in the freezer to firm up before dipping.

Step 4: Making the Chocolate Coating

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Temper your chocolate using this tutorial as a guide.

Dip the bars in the tempered chocolate and place on waxed or parchment paper to set.

Do not attempt to move your Twix bars before they are set or they're liable to come apart.

Once they've set, you're ready to share and enjoy!  For best results, store in the fridge.


PandaTVgaming (author)2017-05-25

looks so good and delisuos

DW160140 (author)2016-12-06

It look so tasty!

MartiJ (author)2016-08-13

I'm going to make these in the form of truffles for an event. I'm planning to bake the cookie recipe in silicone ice cube trays that are made for super small cubes. That will keep me from having to cut the shortbread so the recipe being flaky won't hurt anything.

GraceJ6 (author)2016-02-05

it would be 16.5 ounces of caramel. not 15.5

sircharlieg (author)2013-10-28

I decided to make these for a Halloween party. My girlfriend and her dad are gluten intolerant, so this recipe was great. One of our friends is allergic to soy as well, so I wanted to make sure she could have them as well. What I found out is that essentially no store-bought caramel candies are soy-free.

So if soy is a concern or you would like a different idea for the caramel, try caramel used for making candied apples. It's soy free, it's the season for it to be on the shelves, and it's a lot easier to apply to the bars.


skaar (author)2011-05-06

anyone know a good quick measure converter table? the ounces thing... i'm from 'the rest of the world' so i don't know this ounce thing.

justin.jackson (author)skaar2011-05-06

lol @ 'the rest of the world'. why we dont use the metric system can only be traced back to millions of uneducated who have never had to take a science class in their life, and hold on to this egotistical ideal that our system is the greatest.

skaar (author)justin.jackson2011-05-07

yah, that part was a joke, the ounce thing is still confusing, i've grown up on metric, you may call me uneducated if you wish. i can never remember, 16 or 32 to the quart, seems there's a different number of things in every other thing, heck, i've run into people that use fathoms and expect me to understand. a pint from my memory being a regular size can of pop, seeing someone 'drawr a pyn', that looks more like a half litre just leaves me confused, someone on the news here, a 'regular joe' segment, converted a gallon as a bit over 4 litres... he was sure, but it's the other way around.

i usually use a site called online conversions, but it's slow cause of the conversion select method, and the 'common' measures are filled with things i doubt many people at all have heard of.

JimTheSoundman (author)skaar2013-09-22

Just go to Google Search. Type "Convert ____ to _____" as in "Convert 3 ounces to milliliters" and it will give you the answer right away. You don't even have to click on any of the search results. You can use Google to convert almost anything to anything, it's very handy.

justin.jackson (author)skaar2011-05-07

ah, i wasnt talking about you being uneducated. I was talking about those among us ( in the states) who so vehemently hold on to and defend our system of measure. They only do so because they have obviously never had any science classes (all of which require the use of metric, better known as SI units) and therefore have never seen the ease of using said system, and that can be the only reason for defending our system of measure and holding onto it so dearly.

I often hear people say, "the metric system sucks" to which i reply, "how many inches are in a mile?" and while they try and figure is out i tell them i could have already told them how many cm, mm, nm,etc are in Km.

and i believe its 16 ounces in a pint, 32ounces to a quart, and i think 128 ounces in a gallon. and roughly 3.8 liters in a gallon.

although I am glad i dont have to buy gas by the liter.....

mysss (author)justin.jackson2011-05-09

The point of "English" units is that they make fractions easy. What's an eighth of a liter? 125mL. How about an eighth of a quart? 1/2 cup. The fact that it's easier for us sciency types to use decimal units is probably why we like the metric system (not better known as SI here incidentally o_O) better. We hardly ever use fractions in our calculations, since science doesn't work out as nicely as something more human-made like cooking does. I think those in previous generations probably like fractions more and couldn't produce the "1/8 = .125" identity I just did if you asked them. Plus there's the fact that the spoon you use for tea is exactly one teaspoon in volume...or at least mine are. Do metric teaspoons exist? (I'm actually just curious now--I imagine they must??)

skaar (author)mysss2011-05-09

yeah, i think they're 5's, and 15's or 25's for tablespoons. good point about the fractions for cooking. also, like justin's example... how many rods to the mile? which brings up a question... is a hogshead more or less than a gallon?

mysss (author)skaar2011-05-10

I didn't realize the equivalency there was so useful! Thanks! :) I have no idea because I've never actually encountered the rod as a unit of measurement and no one uses them...except maybe surveyors. And I'm inclined to say that yes, a hogshead is more than a gallon, though I coudn't tell you what it actually is. Or who would care for practical reasons. :P Hands are an awesome many of you carry around a measuring tape? Few. How many of you carry around at least one hand? Almost all. Qed. Oh, and furlongs are an awesome measurement as any good fantasy reader will tell you.

justin.jackson (author)skaar2011-05-09

how bout hands for measuring horses? i know i could live the rest of my life happy if we could just get the whole world on one system.

skaar (author)justin.jackson2011-05-10

furlongs... for the rare times i've watched football, i've heard a furlong used on live tv, so i was a little o.<

Turbinator (author)mysss2011-05-10

Yes there are. 1 tsp(US) = 0.985784 tsp(Met).

justin.jackson (author)mysss2011-05-09

this guy... hates fractions. I work at a job where i make garage door springs and i have to put the length of each on on the tag that goes with it. the older guys still give me funny looks... like WTH is 32.125 inches. hehe. And where it tells them how many times the spring needs to be wound on the tube to life the door, ive often considered expressing that in terms of pi to watch em really freak out. "and young man, how exactly do you expect me to wind this 16*(funny little symbol) times?"

skaar (author)mysss2011-05-09

oh, and a jereboam... that's something to do with wine...

skaar (author)justin.jackson2011-05-09

heh, no, but, i'm still uneducated about it, besides carpentry... which still uses those archaic measures, there's too many plans bought from the states that aren't in metric. our converters are on roll up metal ruler thingamajigs :P

justin.jackson (author)skaar2011-05-09

a slide rule?

skaar (author)justin.jackson2011-05-10

measuring tape, though, i've used a slide rule in high school, there was maybe 10 minutes spent on curiosities from the past, in the drafting part of my metal shop class, not many things are out of favour in a profession like that.

oliverkrystal (author)skaar2011-05-06

google has a built in converter I believe

ERNesbitt (author)oliverkrystal2013-04-01

Yes, just go to google and type "1/2 cup in mL" and it will return the conversion. The tool is surprisingly versatile. You can ask for odd measurements like "1 inch in gallons per acre" if you want.

skaar (author)oliverkrystal2011-05-07

undoubtedly... but i don't use much beyond their maps and openid. i spose i'll have to make a common baking conversions table... blech, much work.

OldBird51 (author)skaar2013-01-16

here is a good conversion chart I use for USA / UK measurements when cooking

justin.jackson (author)skaar2011-05-07

google does have a conversion thing built in. it's one of those handy easter eggs that google hides all over the place. just type in the search bar "x ounces to liters" let me tell you, super handy. it will also calculate any equation you type into that bar as well.

skaar (author)justin.jackson2011-05-09

that does seem easy.

ERNesbitt (author)2013-04-01

I will have to play with the recipe, but perhaps the key to a denser cookie is using two egg yolks instead of a whole egg?

ausisit (author)2012-06-02

HEY you say NUKE too When we say it our friends look at us like we're alien or something. IF you want an easier way to melt the chocolate NUKE it on defrost a few minutes in a jug. Less to try scraping off & your hair won't get dirty cause you tried to get in the corner of the bowl :)

Cool recipe going to try the oreo cakes first cause they're quick

Gave you a thumb up on Stumble BTW THANKS

JrRRr (author)ausisit2012-08-23

I learned the word from the film "Twins" with Schwarzenegger and Devito.

The dialog goes something like this.
S: "What is this?"
D: "it''s a microwave-oven, you nuke food in it."
S: (after he taste the food) "I like nuked food!"

scoochmaroo (author)ausisit2012-06-02

Ha, awesome. Thanks!

Lunatic0 (author)2012-04-07

Did this on this weekend, and was a huge sucess! The caramel recipe attached to this instructables was really delicious!

Great work on this copycat!

lyndsymck (author)2011-12-22

I made this today and it turned out amazing! Great recipe :)

GuitarGuyJames (author)2011-11-08


SinAmos (author)2011-09-18

I'm totally going to try this. Thanks like always!;)

trickystink23 (author)2011-09-09

I made this recipe but used Peanut butter instead of caramel :) super yummy! I made my pb mix with: pb, powdered suger, and I added some magical butter ;) until I got my desired flavor and consistancy.

animal lover (author)2011-08-29


Mauigerbil (author)2011-08-05

:0 I <3 TWIX!!!!!!!!!

Barking Giraffe (author)2011-07-05

those look very good! I'm going to have to make it sometime!!

jshanses (author)2011-06-13

Very successful Twix bar! I received high raves for this candy! I did not use oil or butter in chocolate. I used large Hereshey & Cadbury bars. I was very pleased with the shortbread recipe - so tasty! Everyone thought they were store bought cookies. I spread the cookie dough on a cookie shee with a lip, then spread the carmel on top. Put it in the fridge till set/hardened, then cut into desired sizes. I then put them in the freezer before dipping in chocolate. Thanks for sharing - will definitely prepare again!

Screwerman (author)2011-05-20

I feel in my mouth

Keira_Yagami (author)2011-05-12

How hard would it be to use Home made Caramel for this? Could I make it and pour it straight from the pot to the candy?

nari_naush (author)2011-05-12

thnx for the reply videogamemaster,but i wanna kno wat its made of??

justin.jackson (author)2011-05-06

cadbury eggs and now twix? scooch, when i become filthy rich will you be my personal chef?


awesome! winning!

vishalapr (author)2011-05-08

Sounded delicious until I made it, it looked and tasted really bad when I made it because I am new to making stuff in the kitchen, and by the way a very nice instructable, wii definitely vote for this in the chocolate contest

Supernewby (author)2011-05-06

I love Twix! Thanks for making this recipe. I will have to try it out.

bezzy (author)2011-05-06

By the way these look, i'm guessing the chocolate has lost its temper and is sticky? Have you tried to play with the melting temp of the chocolate so that it stays tempered (and no added oil)?

HollyHarken (author)2011-05-05

Smooch, Never, Ever add butter to chocolate as the water in the butter will cause the chocolate to seize and make it completely useless!!
I'm surprised that you suggested this as you are an experienced baker. Chocolate is very easy to temper if you know how. Simply keep a handfull of chips/chunks out of what you are melting. Once the chocolate has melted add in the unmelted chips/chunks and it will bring the temperature down and temper the chocolate. Never let the chocolate go above 100 degrees Farenheit when melting it.

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