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Homemade Twix Bars with layers of shortbread, homemade caramel, and melted chocolate.  An irresistible copy-cat recipe of my favorite candy bar!

Ingredients

For the Shortbread:
  • 1 cup butter cold, (*see note)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Caramel:
  • 1 cup butter (*see note)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
For the Chocolate:
  • 3 cups chopped milk or dark chocolate
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a 9×13″ pan with parchment paper, or spray really well with non-stick cooking spray.
For the Shortbread Crust:
  • In a large bowl, use a pastry blender to combine the butter, sugar, flour, and vanilla until the mixture comes together. Press the shortbread dough into the pan.
  • Bake for 28-35 minutes or until the crust is very lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
For the Caramel:
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Maintain the heat at medium and bring mixture to a rolling boil, stirring often.
  • Continue to cook, stirring constantly until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage, about 15-20 minutes).
  • I test the “doneness” of the caramels using the ice water method: Stick several ice cubes in a cup and add cold water. Drop a spoonful of caramel into the ice water. If you’re able to clump the caramel sauce together in your hands to form a very soft ball, then it’s ready. When the caramel starts to turn golden brown, I do the ice water test every few minutes until I find that it’s ready, just to make sure I don’t overcook it.
  • Once it reaches soft ball stage, remove from heat and pour the warm caramel over the cooled shortbread crust. Allow to cool for a few minutes,  then refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
For the chocolate:
  • Add the butter and chocolate to a bowl and use a double boiler (or your microwave at low power, 30 second intervals, stirring in between) to melt the chocolate until smooth.
  • Pour melted chocolate over the set up caramel and smooth into an even layer. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set.
  • Store in the fridge, covered, for up to 1 week.
Notes
*Salted or unsalted butter can be used. If using unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to both the shortbread and caramel recipes.