Friday, July 6, 2012

Homemade Twix Bars

Again, I've been a terrible blogger! With two sweet little ladies and the summer sun, outdoor activities have left my blog neglected.... I'm back with one of my favorite new dessert recipes. I had initially planned to post my Thai Shrimp Salad recipe next, but I've had several requests for these bars in the meantime. These knockoff Twix bars are chewy and gooey, rich and buttery, topped with crunchy toffee...everything you could ever want in a sweet bite! Enjoy!
Yields: a 9x13 pan (about 30 squares)

The base:
2 sticks of salted, softened butter
1 cup white sugar
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder

Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla and egg yolks and mix on medium until combined. Add baking powder, salt and flour and combine. Press into a greased 9x13 pan and bake for about 25 minutes at 350 (the corners should have a little bit of golden color while the rest remains white). Cool completely.

The caramel:
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup water
4 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla

In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, heat all ingredients except vanilla to 220 degrees on a candy thermometer, stirring only at the beginning to combine ingredients. When caramel is a golden color and reaches 220, turn off the heat and let sit for five minutes. Pour over cooled base and chill until firm before adding the topping. 

The topping:
6 tbsp. melted butter
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup toffee bits 

Combine the melted butter and chocolate chips and microwave in 30 second increments until chocolate melts. Be sure not to overheat! Stir until smooth and spread over cooled caramel layer. Sprinkle with toffee bits. 

Chill 1 hour before cutting. Store in the refrigerator or at room temperature. 

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