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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.   

 
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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.


TOOLS:
SHORTBREAD:
  • 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
CARAMEL FILLING:
  • 3 - 5.5 ounce bags (15.5 ounces total) soft caramels (or make your own)
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • dash salt (opt)
CHOCOLATE TOPPING:
  • 12 ounces (240 grams) milk chocolate, cut into pieces


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sircharlieg12 months ago
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.

Cheers!
skaar3 years ago
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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 mysss3 years ago
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 skaar3 years ago
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 measurement...how 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.
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.
furlongs... for the rare times i've watched football, i've heard a furlong used on live tv, so i was a little o.<
Yes there are. 1 tsp(US) = 0.985784 tsp(Met).
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 mysss3 years ago
oh, and a jereboam... that's something to do with wine...
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
a slide rule?
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.
google has a built in converter I believe
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.
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.
http://allrecipes.co.uk/how-to/44/cooking-conversions.aspx

here is a good conversion chart I use for USA / UK measurements when cooking
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.
that does seem easy.
ERNesbitt1 year ago
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?
ausisit2 years ago
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 ausisit2 years ago
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)  ausisit2 years ago
Ha, awesome. Thanks!
Lunatic02 years ago
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!
lyndsymck2 years ago
I made this today and it turned out amazing! Great recipe :)
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SinAmos3 years ago
I'm totally going to try this. Thanks like always!;)
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.
Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mauigerbil3 years ago
:0 I <3 TWIX!!!!!!!!!
those look very good! I'm going to have to make it sometime!!
jshanses3 years ago
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!
Screwerman3 years ago
I feel in my mouth
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_naush3 years ago
thnx for the reply videogamemaster,but i wanna kno wat its made of??
cadbury eggs and now twix? scooch, when i become filthy rich will you be my personal chef?
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