Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Homemade Twix Bars

I have quite the cookbook collection, books in general are my number one weakness. I love reading through my cookbooks just like I would a novel, curled up on the couch with a blanket, thumbing through each recipe and reading the stories behind them.

I also love those little community or church cookbooks. I received one from my aunt at my bridal shower several years ago. I've borrowed plenty from my mom. And I was gifted several on my 30th birthday from my great aunt. These particular ones have been in our family for years I can tell, pages are yellowing and falling out from the binding. They're like little treasures, who knows what golden recipe you'll come across next.

That's where I got this little gem from. I've heard of these particular bars, some made with salty club crackers like I used and some made with graham crackers, but I had never tried one before. I have to say I'm sure glad I had that can of sweetened condensed milk sitting in my cupboard this month! With a few adaptions, these turned out wonderful.

I'm also glad they make only a small pan, that would be a dangerous thought to have many of these sitting around the house. I immediately split up the pan and sent home containers with the daycare parents. Leaving us just a few to nibble on. You'll be quite pleased with how much they do resemble a real Twix candy bar. Crispy crust in the middle surrounded by an amazing homemade caramel and the chocolate on top makes for a great finish. They're very sweet so small slices are recommended. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Homemade Twix Bars

40 club crackers
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
12 tbsp butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Line a 8-inch square baking pan with foil and lightly butter or grease. {If you have a 9-inch, feel free to use that, it might actually work out a little better} Place a single layer of crackers on bottom of pan and set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine condensed milk, butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 7 minutes, again stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Pour one third of mixture down over layer of crackers. Place another single layer of crackers over the caramel mixture. Repeat again with caramel, then one more layer of crackers and a final layer of caramel.

Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips on top of caramel. Let set for 5 minutes, then using a spreader, spread the chocolate until smooth. Place in oven for a couple minutes to melt chocolate if needed, then finish spreading.

Let bars chill in fridge overnight for best results. Once chilled, lift foil from pan, carefully pull down to remove and cut into small bars. Makes 20+ bars

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