Thursday, December 17, 2009


Surfing through the blogosphere a few weeks ago, I came upon Thought4Food, a blog by Faith who also lives in upstate New York. The particular recipe that caught my eye was this one for Twix bar cookies. Faith had gotten the recipe from Stephanie at The Joy of Baking. Borrowing a technique from Paula Deen for make dulce de leche in the oven, Faith made these bars since Twix is her husband's favorite cookie.

Taking pity on the non-Weight Watcher in The Food of Love kitchen, I decided to whip up a batch and put half away for our weekend company. This is the kind of recipe for which you'll most likely have all the ingredients on hand.

Twix Bar Cookies (Adapted from Stephanie Jaworski’s Millionaire Shortbread Bars)

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 ½ sticks salted butter
¼ c white sugar
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 ½ c all-purpose flour
6 oz good quality dark or semisweet chocolate chips

For the caramel filling:
Preheat the oven to 300F. Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish. Cover with foil and place the dish inside a larger poaching pan. Add water to poaching pan until half way up sides of baking dish. Bake for 60-90 minutes (no need to stir) until thickened and caramel in color. Transfer to a bowl and beat until smooth.

For the shortbread:
Preheat the oven to 350F. Cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in the flour and mix until just combined. Press the dough into a buttered 9 by 9-inch pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Allow it to cool on a wire rack.

Pour the warm caramel over the cooled shortbread and let it set and cool completely. Melt the chocolate either in a double boiler or in the microwave, then spread it over the cooled caramel. Allow the chocolate to set completely before cutting into 18 pieces. 6 WW pts per cookie.

While these taste absolutely amazing--at least the teeny crumb I cut off to sample for "truth in reporting" purposes only--I could see immediately that my caramel was not as "dry" or "set" as the caramel in Faith's picture. I don't know the reason why. I cooked it for 90 minutes and it was a nice golden brown when I beat it. I'm guessing I should have cooked it longer. The man of the house was very, very--did I mention very?--happy with these. Storing them in the refrigerator keeps the caramel from getting too soft, but I'll have to try making the caramel again. In fact, I think it would be amazing as a filling for my amazing chocolate birthday cake.


  1. Antthing made with sweetened condensed milk gets bumped to the top of my list!

  2. This is a perfect sweet treat for me to make this afternoon - I've got all the ingredients here!

  3. Holy cow!!! This looks decadent but oh so good.

  4. Oh dear, you have to make caramel again? :)

  5. They look gorgeous, Arlene, and I'm glad they were a hit! If you decide to make the caramel again, try cooking it a bit longer. If you pull it out of the oven and it's not quite as set or caramel-colored as it should be, you could try microwaving it for a few more minutes (stirring occasionally). You're right, this caramel would be fantastic inside a chocolate cake!

  6. I don't know if I could make this recipe and not indulge in it:D They look so good that I would just have to have one and that one would easily turn into two! I'm going to have to try this recipe when I finally reach my goal!

  7. Oh my! These little Twix bars would be absolutely sinful. I love Twix! I could never eat just one :-) Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

  8. Oh my goodness, so decadent! Caramel has a life of its own, I have never had it behave the same way twice.

  9. What lovely cookies. You've made them especially gorgeous by putting them in individual papers. Very nice presentation.

  10. My husband would be ecstatic if I made these cookies as he is Twix bar fan. I have also had mixed results making caramel but a soft consistency is always better than one that is too hard.

    Thanks for all your support, Arlene. It has been a long and unusual month!

  11. Yum--these look delicious and I am glad you got to sneak a taste. ;-)

  12. Millionaire's shortbread is such a classic! I haven't had a good one in ages.

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