You are going to love this copycat recipe for Crumbl Caramel Shortbread Twix Cookies that combine the best parts of your favorite candy bar into a decadent cookie! Super soft, chewy and buttery shortbread cookies are stuffed with chocolate covered English toffee bits, filled with a thick layer of soft caramel, silky smooth chocolate, and topped with a sweet little miniature Twix candy bar for good measure. So fast and easy to make, with a no-chill dough, it’s easy to see why these are always a favorite at our house. As my family always says, these are “Better than Crumbl Cookies!
FOR PERFECT COOKIES EVERY TIME, USE THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS:
For gourmet cookies, only the best ingredients will give you the texture, richness and depth of flavor we all crave. Make sure to use fresh ingredients for the best results!
MILK POWDER IS THE KEY TO BETTER COOKIES, BROWNIES & CAKES:
CRAVING MORE CRUMBL COOKIES? YOU'LL LOVE THESE CRUMBL COPYCAT RECIPES!
CARAMEL SHORTBREAD COOKIE BASE:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 large eggs (room temperature)
4 cups (480g) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (80g) cornstarch
1 tablespoon milk powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
1 cup (200g) brown sugar
½ cup(108g) vegetable or canola oil
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup Heath Milk Chocolate English Toffee Bits
14 ounces Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1-1/2 cups quality chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
18 fun sized Twix candy bars
HOW I MAKE THESE:
YIELD: Makes 18 (four-inch) cookies
WEIGH INGREDIENTS CAREFULLY FOR BEST RESULTS: If I can only share one baking secret with you, always use a DIGITAL KITCHEN SCALE. You can use measuring cups and spoons for most recipes, but using a digital scale makes for the more consistent and efficient baking. Take this from someone that bakes A LOT!
CAN I USE CARAMEL SAUCE? Caramel ice cream toppings and dessert sauces have too much liquid for these cookies, and will soften them too much for serving.
WHAT KIND OF CARAMELS ARE BEST? For this recipe, I recommend Werther’s Original Chew Caramels for the best flavor and creamy texture. We prefer the flavor of Werthers rather than Kraft Caramels, but you can use those in a pinch. Werther’s Original Soft Caramels are a little too soft for this filling.
CAN I SUBSTITUTE THE HEATH MILK CHOCOLATE ENGLISH TOFFEE BITS? You can substitute Heath English Toffee Bits (without the chocolate coating), or if you can’t find the packaged bits, you can chop 4 Heath English Toffee Bars into bits to use.
TO KEEP THESE COOKIES SOFT: These cookies will stay soft and fresh in an air-tight container refrigerated for up to 7 days, and are best served chilled.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Baked and frosted cookies freeze well for up to 1 month, although the chocolate icing ma bloom if frozen. You can also bake the cookies and freeze UNFROSTED for up to 2 months – simply defrost and then add caramel filling and chocolate icing before you plan on serving.
BEFORE FREEZING: With frosted cookies, it’s important to freeze the cookie prior to placing them into a container so that the caramel filling and chocolate icing remains intact. Place all frosted cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and pop it in the freezer. Once the icing is set and hard (usually an hour) or the cookies are frozen solid, the cookies can be frozen in containers with parchment paper between layers.
FOR PARTIES: I package cookies individually in self-sealing clear cellophane cello bags (Pack It Chic are my favorite brand). Make sure cookies are completely dry after decorating before packaging. To make ahead, place individually wrapped and sealed cookies in a larger airtight container and refrigerate or freeze. Thaw frozen cookies in the refrigerator or on your countertop before serving - you are trying to minimize moisture during defrosting.
Original recipe created by Snowflakes & Coffeecakes; published June 2022.
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