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Twix Brownies

Twix Brownies

It’s a new year.  Time for resolutions.  And a big one that a lot of people make is eating better.  So I was going to have healthy recipes here this week.  And then I had a Twix brownie and I caved. 😉

Oops.

I will have some healthy recipes, but I tell you…I just couldn’t help myself.  One bite of these amazing brownies and you’ll agree.  They are worth every last calorie.  And what’s a few more minutes on the treadmill, right?  Plus I’m finally getting over my cold so I wanted some celebratory calories. 😎

I love desserts that mimic favorite candy bars. I’m not really a person who goes out and buys a candy bar.  I’d rather have something homemade and ooey goey.  But an eclair that mimics the flavors of a Snickers bar?  Now THAT I can handle.

Twix Brownies

These brownies have a few steps, but they are pretty simple to make nonetheless.  Most of the work is easy stirring and mixing.  These brownies have several layers—each wonderfully tempting.  There is a bottom brownie layer that is tender and moist enough to eat all by itself.  By why not go over the top?  Layered on that is a mixture of cream cheese and crushed up shortbread cookies.  Yum!  Then on top of that is a lure of gooey delicious caramel.  And then, because why not, it’s topped with a layer of chocolate. Excuse me while I drool. 😀

Believe me, if you’re having a bad day these are the brownies that will instantly turn it around.  And if that’s not enough, try then with a big mug of coffee.  You’ll be in your happy place for sure.

I will gladly eat nothing but lettuce and carrot sticks the whole rest of the day to get my paws on one of these.  Enjoy!

Twix Brownies

(Slightly adapted from a Twix Brownie recipe on Chef in Training)

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Twix Brownies
 
Ingredients
  • For Brownies:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • For Shortbread Layer:
  • 1 10 oz package of Lorna Doone's shortbread cookies
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • For Caramel Layer:
  • 1 14 oz bag caramel cubes, unwrapped
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • For Chocolate Layer
  • 1½ cups milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. For brownies: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Set the brownies aside to cool completely.
  6. For the shortbread layer: Place cookies in a food processor and pulse until you have powder.
  7. Mix the cream cheese and cookie crumbs together until completely incorporated.
  8. Spread mixture over the cooled brownies and set aside.
  9. For caramel layer: Put the caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the caramels are melted and smooth.
  10. Pour the caramel over the shortbread layer and spread it so it completely covers all the corners.
  11. Place the brownies in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.
  12. For chocolate topping: Combine chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until melted.
  13. Pour chocolate over caramel layer and spread so it covers evenly.
  14. Place brownies back in the fridge to set up for at least a half an hour.

 

{ 22 comments… add one }
  • Kate @ Framed Cooks January 6, 2016, 6:26 am

    And who could blame you for caving?? These look SCRUMPTIOUS!

    • Amanda January 7, 2016, 10:45 am

      Thanks! As Oscar Wilde famously said, “I can resist everything but temptation.” 🙂

  • annie@ciaochowbambina January 6, 2016, 9:11 am

    You had me at TWIX and kept me at BROWNIES! Love these, Amanda! Soooo I have to do a few more minutes on the treadmill…I can handle it! 🙂

    • Amanda January 7, 2016, 10:46 am

      Thank you! Twix are one of my favorite candy bars, so I knew I was in trouble! 🙂

  • Aria January 6, 2016, 6:18 pm

    I’m not blaming you because these look SO good! Now to do three hours of exercise…haha!
    xx
    http://purrfectlyinspired.com

    • Amanda January 7, 2016, 10:47 am

      Thanks, Aria! Thank goodness for treadmills since it’s so cold and icy out. Haha. 🙂

  • Mir January 7, 2016, 12:48 pm

    I’ll take these any day over any healthy eating recipe! And I will eat them all. That shortbread layer is amazing!

    • Amanda January 8, 2016, 10:35 am

      Thanks! I have a sweet tooth and I’ve made peace with that. Shortbread forever! 🙂

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 7, 2016, 6:20 pm

    I would have done the same thing!! These look fabulous and are worth every calorie!

    • Amanda January 8, 2016, 10:35 am

      Thanks so much, Dorothy! I’m not ashamed about how many I ate. I’m proud. They were gooood. 🙂

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop January 8, 2016, 7:06 am

    This is very tempting! I can see all that yumminess in those layers….why are you tempting me so???? I really am trying to do a 10 day sugar detox….now I have these yummy brownies on my mind! I don’t know if my will power is strong enough to resist!

    • Amanda January 8, 2016, 10:36 am

      Thanks, Kathy! I wish I had your strength. I’ve wanted to do a sugar detox like that before, but I just don’t know if I can handle it. At least I don’t drink pop/soda. That’s a start, right? 🙂

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes January 8, 2016, 12:51 pm

    Holy yum! I could definitely eat the entire pan! Must. Resist.

    • Amanda January 9, 2016, 2:16 pm

      Thanks, Eva!

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks January 8, 2016, 2:29 pm

    Girl, you sure know how to jump start the new year! I say a big heck yeah to Twix brownies!

    • Amanda January 9, 2016, 2:17 pm

      Thanks, Rachelle. Long live sugar! 🙂

  • Michele @ Two Raspberries January 8, 2016, 4:13 pm

    now these are just pure torture!!! 😉 it’s afternoon and now I’m totally craving these! they look absolutely delicious!

    • Amanda January 9, 2016, 2:19 pm

      Thanks, Michele! When you make these they really do start to call your name. I’d have one and then think “Well, maybe just a tiny bit more.” And then suddenly they were gone. 🙂

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen January 10, 2016, 8:44 am

    I totally need to make these brownies. Brownies are my very favorite sweet treat and twix are one of my favorite candy bars! These brownies must taste so incredible!

    • Amanda January 11, 2016, 2:30 pm

      Thanks so much! I had a really hard time not eating the whole pan. I love Twix too, and these brownies were singing to me all the time!

  • Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction January 11, 2016, 8:42 am

    These Twix brownies look incredibly good! I’m not doing very well with eating well either, too many scrumptious treats to be made! 😉

    • Amanda January 11, 2016, 2:32 pm

      Thanks, Marsha! I always find it easier to eat healthy in the spring and summer. In the winter I just want to put four extra blankets on the bed and eat all of the chocolate I can find. 🙂

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