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The Best Twix Cookies Recipe

These Twix cookies have a buttery shortbread cookie base with creamy caramel and chocolate on top! I’m not even kidding when I say they are addictive!

I’ve also created these easy Twix Cookie Bars if you prefer to skip the individual cookie baking. Plus, they resemble a candy bar right?

Stack of three twix cookies on a white napkin.

Why this Recipe is Best

I don’t make enough cookies for the blog. I make a lot of cookies at home…but the blog? Nope, not too many new recipes around here for cookies.

See, it’s a #foodbloggerproblem. I spend a lot of time creating new recipes for my family to enjoy…for breakfast, dinner and dessert.

Of all the new recipe development, it’s not often that you see the same recipe in my kitchen. Unless it’s a family favorite.

Except for cookies. When it comes to cookie baking, I tend to repeat some of my favorite recipes.

Today’s twix cookie recipe is seriously amazing.

With a shortbread cookie crust, creamy caramel topping and covered in rich chocolate, you’ll love this cookie all year long!

FAVORITE COOKIES: Chocolate Chip Cookies | Peanut Butter Cookies

White serving plate with stacks of Twix cookies on top.

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1. The cookie base.

Make your shortbread dough ahead of time. Roll it into a tube shape (the size of a paper towel roll). Wrap it up in plastic wrap.

PRO TIP: I actually will cut an empty paper towel roll lengthwise, and place my plastic wrapped dough inside the tube. Then refrigerate. The paper towel tube helps the dough keep it’s rounded shape.

Slice and bake your cookies. I usually cut the dough in half. Return half to the fridge until ready to use (so it doesn’t come to room temperature). Baking the dough while cold is KEY to a delicious, flaky crunch.

STEP 2. Caramel layer.

I used caramel bits for this layer. They are easy to pour into a bowl and melt in the microwave.

If you can’t find them, you can unwrap caramels, that works too. I used a small metal scoop to place caramel onto the cookie.

STEP 3. The Chocolate.

Use a good quality chocolate on these cookies. I tend to buy Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips for these, as they taste delicious! They also melt smooth in the microwave.

You could also use Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers. Delicious and smooth melting, and they don’t melt in your hands when you pick up the cookie!

Allow your cookies to set up at room temperature. If you place them in the fridge, the caramel will harden too much, and the chocolate may become discolored.

Once set up, store in an airtight container at room temp. ENJOY

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Can you freeze Twix Cookies?

I personally don’t recommend freezing these cookies. The caramel may build up condensation and make your shortbread watery.

However, you can freeze the cookies after baking, and before adding the caramel and chocolate. Then thaw at room temperature, add the toppings, and enjoy!

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Yield: 3-4 dozen

Twix Cookies

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes

Flaky shortbread cookies topped with creamy caramel and rich chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 package (11oz) Kraft caramel bits
  • 1 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (11.5oz) Ghirardelli milk chocolate morsels

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and powdered sugar for several minutes until well blended. Add in flour, salt and vanilla. Beat for 2-3 minutes until dough starts to form a ball.
  2. Drop dough onto a light floured surface. Using your hands, shape into a log, about the size of a paper towel tube. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  3. Slice dough (about 1/5 inch thick) and bake on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 11-13 minutes, until edges set and begin lightly browning. Do not overbake.
  4. While cookies are cooling, add caramel and whipping cream to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minutes. Stir and heat again for 15-30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Using a small metal scoop, drop about 3/4 Tbsp of caramel into the center of each cookie. It will spread on it own.
  5. Melt milk chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Stir and heat an additional 15-30 seconds if needed. Frost the tops of each cookie and allow chocolate to set (about 30 minutes). Store in airtight container at room temperature. ENJOY.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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Posted on April 15, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made these twix cookies for my work on Sunday and they came out perfectly! I went to go make some for my family today and I noticed that when I made them on Sunday, I only added 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), instead of 1 cup (2 sticks), but they still came out right. So today I did the 2 sticks of butter and the shortbread dough was super “runny” almost. When I only used 1 stick of butter on Sunday, the dough was perfect and came together like a ball. But 2 sticks made the dough thinner and really sticky and hard to work with. Did using 2 sticks of butter mess up the dough, or did I just do something wrong? I ended up throwing out the dough and remaking it with 1 stick and it came out perfectly again! Also, is there a way to make the caramel a little smoother. Every time I make these cookies, it’s super hard to spread the caramel on. Any tips?

    1. Hmm, this is my basic shortbread cookie recipe and it turns out awesome every time. Not sure why you had an issue 🙁
      As for the caramel, you can add extra heavy whipping cream to make it thinner. Or microwave it halfway through to melt it again. Good luck

    1. It depends on the caramel recipe. Some homemade caramel makes more of a sauce. But if you have one that sets up like caramels that you wrap, then definitely it would work!

  2. This recipe is so similar to a cookie my Grandmother has always made.  She called them diamond cookies and cut them in the shape of a diamond.  She always puts a m&m, pecan or walnut on top.  My preference is the walnut.  It helps to cut some of the sweetness since they are so rich.  It’s one of my very favorite cookies.  I made some at Thanksgiving and I should be embarrassed to say this, but I think I ate most of them.

  3. These look amazing!  You might also be able to add a few peanuts between the layer of caramel and chocolate….and then they’d be Snickers cookies?? 

  4. Aimee, these look so yummy!! I have a question, tho. I don’t bake, from scratch, very much and was wondering if this recipe can be used with the refrigerated sugar cookie mix from the store?

    1. The base of these cookies is more of a buttery shortbread, not sugar cookie dough. You won’t have the crispness like you do in a twix bar 🙂

    1. The melted caramels harden slightly back up after spreading on cookies, not sure a caramel sauce would do the same? Unless it were homemade, maybe?

  5. By Kraft bits, do you mean the caramels or is this a product I
    m not familiar with?

    Want to make but I am confused by this ingredient!

    1. Kraft bits are little caramel balls, unwrapped in a package (found near the chocolate chips). You can substitute caramels if you can’t find them 🙂

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    se ve muy rico pero no tiene su informacion de postres en version español. por favor si existe enviarme el Link Muchas gracias

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