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How to Make Twix Bars at Home

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All week long, our very own Jennifer Steinhauer from Weeknights with Jenny will be sharing recipes from her new book Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today). Follow along to win one of five copies we’re giving away -- and to take a trip down memory lane. 

Today: Jenny brings back the crisp, chewy candy bars of Halloweens past with a how-to for homemade Twix. 

Jenny Steinhauer's Twix Bars

The Twix was my go-to candy bar, my movie companion, my lunchtime fascination, my trade-anything-for-it Halloween treat. When the mini-Twix came out, long after I became an adult who no longer had the metabolism to eat them daily, I thought them heaven-sent, even though their arrival meant I would simply hide in my laundry room and mow down my kids’ trick-or-treat bag’s entire supply. 

In the annals of classic junk food overreach, there was, for a short time in the late ’80s or early ’90s, a moment of Cookies-n-Creme Twix bars, with a chocolate cookie base and an Oreo-like filling in place of the caramel, a devastating development. Thank goodness, the classic seems to have reigned. 

This version is time consuming, but worth it. Just make sure your pan is very well greased when you make your shortbread, or it will be hard to slip it out. Here’s the good news: If the shortbread breaks, you can still set it easily into the caramel. But do NOT stack these once cooled, and especially don’t stack them on top of your Goo Goo clusters, or you will wake up in the morning with a glob of chocolate that you have to pull apart, perhaps in a dark room alone, where no one can see you eating approximately half a pound of chocolate for lunch.

Twix Bars 

Makes 12 candy bars

Unsalted butter, softened, for the pan
1/2 stick salted butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups (10 1/2 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels
One 14-ounce bag caramels (about 2 cups, or 50 caramels)
2 tablespoons half-and-half

See the full recipe (and save it and print it) here.

We're giving away a copy of Treat Yourself every day this week! To enter to win today's copy, tell us in the comments: What’s your candy bar of choice? We'll pick five winners at random next Monday, June 9th!

Photo by James Ransom. Excerpted from the book Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today) by Jennifer Steinhauer. Reprinted by permission of Clarkson Potter Publishers. All rights reserved.

Tags: guest editors, jennifer steinhauer, jenny, treat yourself, twix, how-to & diy, candy, snacks, dessert, sweets, halloween, holiday

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Comments (31)


9 months ago Mimi

Heath bars


10 months ago alisa swartz

Reece's peanut butter cups!


10 months ago alisa swartz

Reeses Peanut butter cups!


about 1 year ago witloof

Scharfenberger's milk chocolate. Or a Reese's peanut butter cup.


about 1 year ago Jenifer Smith

Skor Bar Frozen, yummy!


about 1 year ago CarlaCooks

Oh man, Twix are something special. I am also too fond of Lion Bars (not sure if you have those State-side). Nevertheless, Abba Zaba will always hold the fondest place in my heart. As a child, I was allowed to buy 1 candy bar from the little shop by a lake where my family would spend summer weekends. I always picked Abba Zaba. I would let it sit in the sun for 30 minutes or so to get it really gooey, and then devour it.


about 1 year ago amysarah

amysarah is a trusted home cook.

Almond Joy. Those, and the Coconut Patties my grandparents sent from Miami Beach every year, imprinted me early for a lifetime obsession with coconut/chocolate desserts. An Almond Joy is still the one to beat.


about 1 year ago Alice Gardner

I have and always will crave Twix bars as well. Those mini Twix you referred to get me into trouble- they are so small so I can have two or three, which then becomes seven and I would have been better off just having the regular size...


about 1 year ago Scott Lemieux

Being an incorrigible Canadian, I will say Coffee Crisp.


about 1 year ago ATG117

unadulterated, good, milk chocolate


about 1 year ago Melody J

I like Kit Kat.


about 1 year ago NC

PB Max. Miss those things.


about 1 year ago spiffypaws

Favorite candy bar? Not enough space to list them here, but twix, butterfingers, and sky bars are in the top 3.


about 1 year ago mcs3000

TWIX - need to try this! Besides Twix, frozen Thin Mints, Kit Kats (especially the ones from Japan), Curly Wurlys + so many more. Can't pick one.


about 1 year ago Miss Frizzle

I love me some peanut butter twix.


about 1 year ago littleknitter

My favorite candy bar is a Snickers!


about 1 year ago Evelyn Dieppa

My candy bar of choice is Kit Kat!!!!!!


about 1 year ago janecf

Almond Joy
or Snickers, frozen


about 1 year ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.



about 1 year ago Diana Fox

I love Snickers, although the Midnight Mars Bar is almost as tasty.