Ever thought about whipping up your own batch of homemade Twix bars? It is much easier than you think! With a few fun and clever shortcuts, we’ve cooked up a super easy recipe that recreates the beloved Twix bar magic right in your own kitchen. You will love the combination of a buttery shortbread crust, gooey caramel, and a chocolate topping!
If there’s one thing I can’t get enough of, it’s cookie bars. Oh, and recreating my all-time favorite candy bars at home – it’s like having my own personal candy store! So, I decided to whip up these homemade Twix bars, and let me tell you, they’re a game-changer. They’ve got all the goodness of the original but dare I say, they taste even better. It’s like Twix got a homemade upgrade!
While you’re here, why not keep the cookie bar party going? I’ve got some other recipes I think you’ll absolutely adore. Check out my scrumptious Scotcheroos, my irresistible S’mores Cookie Bars, my crowd-pleasing Cake Mix Cookie Bars with Chocolate Chips, and my to-die-for Caramel Cake Mix Brownies that uses the same shortcut method for making easy caramel as this Twix bars recipe.
Want to turn these into a cookie? Try my Twix thumbprint cookie recipe!
Complete list of ingredients with quantities and instructions is located in the recipe card below
- Shortbread Cookies: We will use store-bought shortbread cookies to make the crust for our homemade Twix bars, providing that iconic shortbread crunch. Keebler Sandies are a great choice, but you can use any other brand of shortbread cookies. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even make your own shortbread from scratch!
- Unsalted Butter: Butter binds the shortbread crumbs together to form a crust. Using melted unsalted butter allows you to control the salt level in the recipe, but if you only have salted butter, you can use that instead.
- Werther’s Originals Chewy Caramels: These candies make creating a caramel layer quick and easy. If you can’t find them, see the instructions below on making caramel from scratch.
- Heavy Cream: This adds a creamy richness to the caramel layer. If you don’t have heavy cream, you can substitute it with an equal amount of full-fat coconut milk for a dairy-free option.
- Semisweet Chocolate Chips: Used for the top layer of the bars, offering a sweet contrast to the caramel and shortbread. You can also use dark chocolate chips for a less sweet, more intense flavor.
How To Make Homemade Twix Bars
Start by preheating your oven to 350°F/180°C (160°C fan oven). Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper and put it aside for later.
- Let’s make the crust: take your shortbread cookies and blitz them in a blender or food processor until they become fine crumbs. Transfer the crumbs to a mixing bowl, add the melted butter, and stir until all the crumbs are coated.
- Press this buttery mixture into the bottom of your prepared baking dish, creating an even layer. Be sure to press firmly so the crust holds together. Bake your crust in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Look for a golden hue around the edges and a set appearance on top. It will still be soft but don’t worry, it will harden as it cools. Allow it to cool on a wire rack for half an hour.
- While the crust cools, it’s caramel time! In a separate bowl, combine the Werther’s Originals Chewy Caramels and heavy cream. Microwave this mixture for 2 minutes, then stir. Keep microwaving in 30-second bursts until everything is fully melted, stirring each time to ensure a smooth consistency.
- Pour your homemade caramel over the cooled crust, spreading it out to create an even layer. Chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes to let the caramel firm up.
- Now for the final layer: chocolate. In another bowl, microwave your semisweet chocolate chips, again using 30-second bursts until you have smooth, pourable chocolate. Pour the melted chocolate over the set caramel layer, spreading it out evenly. Return to the fridge for a further 10 minutes to let the chocolate harden.
- The final step: slice your homemade Twix bar into the desired number of bars, and it’s ready to serve!
If you can’t find Werther’s Chewy Caramels, you can make your own caramel from scratch. Here’s how:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- A pinch of salt
- Heat the sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. The sugar will form clumps and eventually melt into a thick, amber-colored liquid as you continue to stir.
- Once the sugar is completely melted, add the butter. Be careful, as the caramel will bubble rapidly when the butter is added.
- Stir the butter into the caramel until it is completely melted, about 2-3 minutes.
- Very slowly drizzle in the heavy cream while stirring. Again, be careful because the mixture will rapidly bubble and/or splatter when added.
- Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils.
- Remove from heat and stir in the salt. Allow to cool before using in your recipe.
Remember, making caramel requires careful attention as the sugar can easily burn. But with a little patience and a lot of stirring, you’ll have a delicious homemade caramel ready for your Twix bars!
To store: Keep any leftover bars in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll stay delicious for up to 5 days – if you can resist them for that long!
To freeze: Let the bars cool completely and harden, then cut them into individual portions. Wrap each bar securely in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place the wrapped bars into a freezer-safe airtight container or zip-top bag. This will help prevent freezer burn and keep your bars tasting fresh.
When you’re ready to enjoy a bar, just remove it from the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature. For best quality, aim to consume the frozen bars within 1-2 months. This freezing method works well for most cookie bars and can be a great way to have a delicious treat on hand for whenever the craving strikes!
You either used the wrong type of caramels (you need the chewy ones!), or you overheated the caramels or did not add enough heavy cream. Be sure to follow the recipe closely and heat the caramel gently to prevent it from getting too hard.
To avoid cracking the chocolate when cutting, try using a hot knife. Run your knife under hot water, dry it quickly, and then cut the bars. The heat helps slice through the chocolate more cleanly and you’ll get neat slices every time.
Yes, you can. For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free shortbread cookies. For a vegan version, use a vegan butter substitute, vegan-friendly cookies, and a plant-based cream for the caramel. You can find vegan caramel candies or make your own with coconut cream. Use vegan chocolate for the topping.
So there you have it, your very own homemade Twix bars. This recipe is proof that a little creativity in the kitchen can lead to some amazing results. Enjoy and don’t forget to rate and review this recipe, I love to hear about your experience!