Our easy Homemade Twix Bars are made with real, simple ingredients and are so fun to make! That classic combination of shortbread crust, covered in caramel sauce, and then coated in melted milk chocolate is the perfect weekend baking project!
The Best Homemade Twix Bars
Our absolute favorite candy bar is a classic Twix candy bar! They bring back so many childhood memories – one of our favorite treats. This holiday season we wanted to make some homemade twix bars from scratch as part of our annual cookie bake. We nailed it!
This easy recipe is surprisingly easy to make and may even be better than the store-bought version. None of those ingredients you can’t pronounce or corn syrup here! Plus, these copycat Twix bars can just hangout in the freezer to enjoy when your sweet tooth is having candy bar cravings!
These delicious homemade twix bars require very minimal baking but if you are looking for a dessert that doesn’t require any baking at all, you should checkout our No Bake Cookies!
What You Will Need
- all-purpose flour – option to sub with your favorite gluten-free flour, if you want.
- maple syrup – we love nothing more than some real maple syrup, the perfect natural sweetener.
- butter – some for the shortbread cookie filling and some for the caramel sauce. Always a must when baking sweet treats! Feel free to sub a dairy-free version.
- coconut sugar – just a little bit for some added sweetness, option to sub with brown sugar.
- peanut butter – personally, we love a super creamy peanut butter! If yours isn’t very drippy, just pop what you need in the microwave for a few seconds to help it thin out.
- coconut oil – added to the melted chocolate chips to get the perfect hard coating!
- kosher salt – just a pinch added to the caramel sauce to help bring out the flavors.
- chocolate chips – melted to coat the outside of each twix bar in chocolatey goodness! We used semi-sweet chocolate chips but you could also use dark chocolate.
- sea salt – perfect for a light sprinkling on top once they are all done.
How To Make Homemade Twix Bars
The first steps to making these easy twix bars are to place all the shortbread ingredients in a large bowl and use a fork to mix together to make the cookie base.
Now press dough in the bottom of a square pan that is lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 13-15 minutes, it will turn slightly golden brown. Let it cool slightly at room temperature.
Next, place the caramel sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and warm over medium-high heat. Use a whisk to fully combine the ingredients until they reach a nice, smooth texture.
Pour this homemade caramel sauce evenly over the top of the shortbread layer. Place the pan in a flat spot in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes to fully cool and harden.
While the caramel hardens, you can put the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and warm it in 15-30 second intervals. Stir after each increment and continue until they are fully melted.
Remove the baking pan from the freezer and pull the parchment paper flaps up to pull the caramel-coated shortbread base out. Place this on a large cutting board. Use a large, sharp knife to cut into 12 equal-sized bars.
Then use a fork to carefully set each bar (one at a time) in the melted chocolate mixture. For best results, we recommend only dunking the bottom of each bar and then drizzle chocolate on top once you place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. You absolutely can dunk the entire bar in chocolate, but that got a little rich for us. We preferred the drizzle technique.
After dunking each bar in chocolate, place them in a single layer on a large baking sheet pan that has been lined with parchment paper or wax paper. If you want to drizzle the chocolate on top, do this now. Finally, add a light sprinkling of sea salt!
Place the entire pan in the freezer to fully harden the outer chocolate coating. Enjoy!
The 3 main parts to a traditional Twix bar are the delicious shortbread crust, caramel sauce, and chocolate coating on the outside of each bar.
Once all of the bars have full cooled and hardened, you can place them in the fridge for up to 5 days or in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months. They make a really delicious frozen candy bar for the whole family to enjoy!
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This homemade twix bar recipe is easy to make and tastes better then the original! Make dairy-free or gluten-free if you want!
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (sub 1-to-1 gluten-free or coconut flour)
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 1/2 cup butter, softened (reg or dairy-free)
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar (sub light brown sugar)
- 1/3 cup real maple syrup
- 1/4 cup butter (reg or dairy-free)
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups chocolate chips (reg or dairy-free)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- sea salt for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Shortbread: Combine Shortbread ingredients in a medium bowl (a fork works well for incorporating the softened butter). Line an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper ensuring you have flaps on two sides to help lift out the bars when they are done. Pour out Shortbread mixture into prepared pan and spread out evenly. Use your hands to press down firmly. Bake, middle rack, for 13-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
- Caramel Sauce: Meanwhile, add Caramel Sauce ingredients to a small/medium saucepan & set to medium-low heat. Whisk to combine as the butter melts. Remove from heat once butter has melted and the consistency is smooth. Pour over the cooked shortbread ensuring it is spread out evenly. Place in the freezer (trying to keep it flat) for 10-15 minutes.
- Chocolate: Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave in 15-30 second increments, stirring in between each increment.
- Cut into Bars: Remove the pan from the freezer and lift the parchment out (feel free to use a small paring knife to loosen this sides so they don’t stick) and place on a cutting board. Using a large, sharp knife to carefully cut into 4 equal sized sections and then cut each section into 5 thin bars (like a twix bar).
- Cover with Chocolate: Take the melted chocolate and use a fork to lift up one bar at a time. Set it in the melted chocolate and then just drizzle over the top (so the bottom will be covered in chocolate and the top with be drizzled). Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the bars have been done and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Place in the freezer, so the chocolate cools and hardens.
- Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you leave them on the counter the chocolate will melt.
- Gluten-Free: use a 1-to-1 gluten free flour (I like Bob’s Red Mill) or a coconut flour would work.
- Dairy-Free: use dairy-free butter and dairy-free chocolate chips.
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 266
- Sugar: 23.3 g
- Sodium: 35.1 mg
- Fat: 15.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 31.7 g
- Protein: 2.8 g
- Cholesterol: 18.3 mg
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