Recipe: Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Bars aka "Twix Bars"

4 Dec
What?  Christmas can’t be around the corner.  There is so much to do in the next couple of weeks.  Lots of baking and these are going on the list for gift baskets.  They are awesome!

They taste like a Twix candy bar but better.  They are sweet but the salt on top helps cut some of the sweetness.  I cut my bars a bit smaller because they are rich.  The recipe looks time consuming and difficult and although it takes some time it was very easy.

Enjoy!

Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Bars

Crust
9 tbsp butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cups AP flour
1/4 tsp table salt

Chocolate Caramel
10 1/2 oz milk chocolate, chopped (2 cups)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 water
6 tbsp butter
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp table salt
1 tbsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Make the crust:  Line a 9″ square baking pan with parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides.  Butter parchment, excluding overhang.  Beat butter and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add flour and salt beating until just combined.  Press dough evenly into pan and bake until lightly browned, about 25 – 30 minutes.  Make the chocolate-caramel:  Place chocolate in a medium bowl.  Heat granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until amber colored, about 10 – 12 minutes.  Wash the sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming.  Remove from heat and add butter, heavy cream and salt.  Return to burner bringing to a boil, stirring until smooth.  Pour over chocolate and let stand for 2 minutes.  Stir to combine and let stand for another 10 minutes until cool.  Pour chocolate mixture over crust.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.  Run a knife around the edges; lift parchment to remove whole bar from pan.  Sprinkle with sea salt.  Trim edges and cut into 16 bars. 

Bars can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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9 Responses to “Recipe: Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Bars aka "Twix Bars"”

  1. Brenda December 4, 2010 at 9:15 PM #

    These sound absolutely incredible!! My whole family would devour these – we all love Twix. I've bookmarked these, thank you for sharing!

  2. Erin December 5, 2010 at 2:28 AM #

    Oh my golly! These look amazing!!!

  3. Lisa December 5, 2010 at 5:45 PM #

    Oh my those do look rich, but that wouldn't stop me from eating an entire piece or two. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/12/orglamix-organic-mineral-makeup-review.html

  4. Kathleen December 5, 2010 at 9:13 PM #

    Oh wow girlfriend these look awesome!!!!

  5. Barbara Bakes December 6, 2010 at 2:24 AM #

    Such a fun idea to cut them like a Twix only so much better.

  6. Trisha December 6, 2010 at 3:26 AM #

    Oh wow … I love Twix bars … I have to try these … thanks for sharing.

  7. Mickey December 6, 2010 at 5:27 AM #

    We are Twix lovers in this house and these look so much better.mickey

  8. Avril December 6, 2010 at 4:48 PM #

    Super yum bars!!!! – they look d'lish! 🙂

  9. Manu December 6, 2010 at 7:05 PM #

    These are perfect for gift bags!!!Like the idea! I love twix, but I prefer to make my own junk food, so I'll keep this recipe right now!

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