Hello, excuse me while I wipe the chocolate off my mouth. Let me tell you about “Taste Test” number 2: Twix Cookies. This recipe for Twix cookies was originally pinned (back when they called it “pinning” and not “saving”—errg) from “This Grandma Is Fun.” To keep recipe credit there, I won’t share a detailed recipe. However, I will share my tweaks, mistakes (yeah seriously), and my review!
I found this recipe for Twix cookies and thought, “I love Twix! I love cookies! I need to work out…” After I moved on from that self-inflicted guilt trip, I looked up the full recipe and here were my results. This recipe is slightly time consuming because you have to complete 3 layers – cookie, caramel, chocolate. I probably spent 1.5 hours making these. Unfortunately, I made one mistake that I will share so you don’t have to
go through what I did!
- First off, the cookies came out fantastic, after I burned the first batch. (Okay, I made two mistakes.) Make sure that you really do cut them out thicker rather than thicker. Thin little shortbreads will burn fast. I know. I had to wave goodbye to my crunchy black cookies as I put the first batch in the trash. I suggest backing up the bake time to about 8-10 minutes, but that might just be a hot oven in my apartment. Once I cut thicker cookies and baked them less they were so good. We probably ate 5 before we ever got to layer 2.
- Second, caramel layer. This was where I botched it bad. I read several comments of readers who said they’d made this recipe with Kraft Caramel Bits instead of the recommended caramel. I thought that would be cool and I had never used them before. Unfortunately, the caramel hardened so much that it was like biting through a milk dud when you went to eat the cookie, thus resulting in crumbled cookie all over you. You can see my pretty blue cookie jar from Pier1 ready for my cookies!!
Ryan solved this problem by placing an entire cookie in his mouth at one time. Bada-bing bada-boom. Kraft Caramel Bits are better suited to caramel apples. Next time I think I’ll use wrapped soft caramel candies. They would probably work much better. I also read in a comment on this blog that soft caramel candies can be melted with a few tablespoons of milk and it keeps the caramel soft. Next time.
- Step three, chocolate. This part, we nailed. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate, but I’m sure either would be fantastic. I have to say that waiting for the chocolate to cool was a patience tester. Don’t worry. I only ate 3 before the chocolate cooled. (Not kidding.)
Quick Cost Analysis:
1½ cups softened butter $1.50
1 cup powdered sugar $.25
3 cups flour $.50
1 teaspoon vanilla (on hand)
¼ teaspoon salt (on hand)
15 oz caramel **See notes $2.00
2 cups milk choc chips $2.00
2 tsp shortening (on hand)
Total: $6.25 (MAYBE, if you didn’t have much on hand)
Over all, I definitely recommend this recipe, but don’t make the caramel mistake I made! Follow TGIF’s recipe, and I bet they will have better texture. Honestly, the cookie dough alone was worth making this recipe. I will definitely try it again. Happy Baking!
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