Twix Cookies are large, soft butter cookies topped with caramel and melted milk chocolate. Try my Frosted Cookies and Cream Milkshake Cookies for another decadent cookie option!

Twix Cookie on a Cooling Rack

Twix Inspired Cookies

These cookies are like eating a Twix candy bar in cookie form. The super-soft cookies are topped with caramel and chocolate, just like the candy bar. If you love Twix, you will also love my Millionaire’s Bars!

Adding Caramel and Then Chocolate to a Butter Cookie Base for Twix Cookie Recipe

Room Temperature Ingredients: Using room temperature ingredients (butter, shortening, eggs) will help you get the best results when baking these cookies. Butter is at room temperature at 65°F. Don’t put it in the microwave to soften it; simply cut it up into small pieces and let it sit out if you forgot to take it out of the refrigerator.

Shortening: Shortening (hydrogenated vegetable oil) is any fat or oil that is solid at room temperature. If you have heard of or seen a big can of Crisco, that is shortening. It can be stored at room temperature and has a long shelf life. Because shortening is all fat, it is hard to make substitutions. If you do have to substitute for shortening, your best bet is lard because it is also 100% fat. If using lard in place of shortening, use 2 tablespoons less of lard for every one cup of shortening.

Cornstarch: Using cornstarch keeps the large cookies together, but still soft.

Chocolate: We found that milk chocolate was the best option for a Twix-inspired cookie, but you can use semi-sweet in a pinch. 

How to Make a Twix Cookie with the Layer of Chocolate and Caramel

Store-bought vs Homemade Caramel

This ended up being the most important part of the recipe in my testing. I wanted to see if store-bought held up to homemade. It didn’t! It doesn’t taste anywhere near the same as Twix caramel and the cookie takes on a different flavor profile.

If you need to use store-bought caramel sauce, make sure it is not caramel syrup (the kind that pours easily and is drizzled over ice cream). When using store-bought sauce, use a little less than homemade when adding it to the cookies, and be sure to chill the cookies after adding so the caramel sets a bit before topping with the chocolate.

I started with caramel bits so this is not technically “homemade” caramel. However, this was the best option when recreating the Twix flavor profile. You can also use the caramels that are individually wrapped, just be sure to unwrap them first. The amount needed would be the same, 11 ounces. 

Twix Cookies on a Wire Rack

How to Store Cookies

Store the baked cookies in the refrigerator, in a sealed container, for a few days. I like to put a piece of parchment or wax paper between layers. But, I really don’t think you will need to store the cookies anywhere because they will not last! Yes, they are that good!

Hand Breaking Apart a Twix Inspired Cookie

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5 from 1 vote

Twix Inspired Cookies

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 34 mins
These cookies are large, soft, butter cookie that is topped with caramel and melted milk chocolate.

Ingredients

Cookies

  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (102.5 g) shortening
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

Topping

  • 1 bag (11 ounces) caramel bits or caramel candies, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (168 g) milk chocolate chips

Instructions

Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Using a handheld mixer, combine the butter, shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  • To the butter mixture, add the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder. Mix until the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Using a ¼ cup (or 2 scoops of dough with a 2 tablespoon scoop), add the dough out onto a lined cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. (I usually put 6 cookie dough balls onto each cookie sheet.)
  • Use the bottom of a glass to slightly flatten each ball of dough to ¼ to ½-inch thickness. (If you used two 2-tablespoon scoops, combine the scoops of dough into one large cookie.)
  • Bake for 12 minutes for a softer cookie, up to 14 minutes for a firmer cookie.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack while you prepare the caramel.

Topping

  • In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add caramels, heavy cream, and salt. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until smooth.
  • Spoon 1-2 tablespoons caramel onto cookies. (If the caramel hardens, warm it back up in the microwave.)
  • In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate chips. Melt in 30-second intervals, stirring in between until smooth.
  • Once the caramel is set, add about a tablespoon of melted chocolate on top of each cookie. Enjoy!

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Reader Comments

  1. Do you bake and sell the Twix cookies? I have a sweet friend who only eats Twix Candy Bars and would love to buy these for him. I am fighting breast cancer and in chemo which makes me extremely weak. I’m also on injections every day after chemo due to my bone marrow not able to produce enough of what cells I need to prevent me from getting sick and hospitalized. I would be delivering them on Wednesday April 20th and need them by no later than Monday April 18th.
    Please let me know ASAP. Thank you, Janice Lawson

    1. Hi Janice – thanks so much for reaching out. No, unfortunately, I do not sell any of the food I make. My apologies!

  2. The idea was great but the actual cookie is really bland. I’m going to use a regular sugar cookie and add the caramel and chocolate on top next time. The shortening overpowered the taste to my family.

    1. It’s a shortbread inspired cookie – just like Twix. Shortbread is traditionally not an overpowering or overly sweet cookie. The cookie was created to taste like a Twix…
      Sorry you didn’t like it! Our taste testers loved it.

  3. The recipe was easy to follow And the final product looks beautiful however I forgot to put the heavy cream in the caramel which made it very hard and I’m teak able, but the cookie itself was so tender it crumbled apart any idea what I could’ve done wrong?

  4. These were a hit at the Neighborhood picnic! They were better than the inspirational candy bar because I could use better quality chocolate (I love dark chocolate). I made some with milk chocolate, other with semi sweet and some with dark!

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