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!
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Why this Recipe is Best
Today’s twix cookie recipe is seriously amazing.
Some people refer to these as millionaire bars, millionaire shortbread, and even billionaire bars. We think they taste just like a twix candy bar!
- Butter- We bake with unsalted butter (unless noted). This allows us to control the amount of kosher salt in the recipe, as all salted butters are not created equal. Use our guide on how to soften butter quickly.
- Powdered Sugar- We use powdered sugar in our shortbread cookie crust, to keep them tender and melt in your mouth.
- Vanilla Extract- use PURE vanilla, or our homemade vanilla extract will work great too.
- Caramel– using the caramel bits, or unwrapped caramels is perfect. For even more flavor, use our homemade caramels recipe.
Step by Step Instructions
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.
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 cookie scoop to place caramel onto the cookie.
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.
Instead of making twix cookies, try our twix cookie bars instead! Same great flavor, easy to assemble.
You can freeze twix cookies. Just know that the chocolate may change colors when it defrosts. You can also freeze the cookies without the chocolate and add that before serving.
The shortbread cookie in a Twix candy bar should be chilled before slicing for best results.
More Cookie Recipes
- No Bake Oatmeal Cookies
- Soft Molasses Cookies
- Butterscotch Cookies
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 package Kraft caramel bits 11 ounce
- 1 Tablespoon heavy whipping cream
- 1 package Ghirardelli milk chocolate morsels 11.5 ounce
- In a large mixing bowl, beat softened 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Store cookies in airtight container for up to one week.
- Use regular kraft caramels if you can’t find the “bits.” Our homemade caramels are also delicious!