No Bake TWIXIE Cookie Bars – Caramel, Chocolate, Mini Nilla Wafer Cookies – Easy Dessert Treats Recipe

If you love TWIX Cookie Candy Bars as much as THIS GIRL, *pointing at self with both thumbs* you are going to LOVE these EASY, No-Bake “TWIXIE Bars”.  7 simple ingredients and BOOM!  You have the yummiest chocolate, caramel, cookie bars and never even had to turn on the oven!  These are now officially my favorite homemade dessert treat.   Buckle up, cuz they are about to be your favorite too: 

 EASY Twixie Bars No Bake Dessert Treats Recipe with Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Cookies Layered Yummy Dessert Bars Recipe for TWIX Candy Bars loversNo Bake TWIXIE Cookie Bars – Caramel, Chocolate, Mini Nilla Wafer Cookies – Easy Dessert Treats Recipe

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EASY Twixie Bars No Bake Dessert Treats Recipe with Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Cookies Layered Yummy Dessert Bars Recipe for TWIX Candy Bar lovers

I have a confession to make.  I’m not really a big fan of Rice Krispie Treats.  I KNOW, RIGHT?  I love how easy they are and I’ll eat one if it’s there, but I’ve never made them or bought them because I actually wanted them.  But THEN I saw a recipe where someone had added a layer of caramel and chocolate on top and the TWIX Candy Cookie Bars lover in me went BONKERS just looking at the picture.  Upon further investigation, however, the recipe had peanut butter all through it – in the chocolate layer, the rice krispie layer and even in the caramel layer.  BOOO flippin HISSS!  I have nothing against peanut butter, fyi, just don’t  mess with my TWIX flavors.  Which I had imagined.  And already devoured in my wide awake dreams.   So I got to thinking…what would keep  it EASY and no bake and NOT be rice krispies yet give the yumminess of TWIX in the cookie layer part?  DOYEE!  NILLA WAFERS!  And bonus:  they come in MINI size.  Say wha?  It’s like the stars were aligning and all that.  Lucky for me – lucky for you!   Let’s do this, shall we?

Gather your 7 SIMPLE ingredients: 

Twixie Bars No Bake Treats Recipe Ingredients Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Cookies - So Yummy especially if you love TWIX candy bars

Butter a 9″x13″ baking dish and set it aside.  Dump your marshmallows and 1/2 Cup of the room temperature butter cut into chunks or slices into a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes.  

Twixie Bars No Bake Treats Recipe with Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Cookies Layered Yummy Dessert Bars Recipe for TWIX lovers Marshmallows and Butter

If your butter slices are not completely melted, microwave for an additional 15 seconds at a time until they are.    Then stir it all up until you have a smooth mixture.

Twixies Bars No Bake Treats Recipe with Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Layered Yummy Dessert Bars Recipe for TWIX lovers Marshmallows Smooth

Lookit how little bitty and cute the Mini Nilla Wafers are!  

Twixies Bars No Bake Treats Recipe with Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Layered Yummy Dessert Bars Recipe for TWIX lovers Mini Nilla Wafers

Dump the entire box of Mini Nilla Wafers into your marshmallow mix and stir it up REALLY good until every single cookie is coated: 

Twixies Bars No Bake Treats Recipe with Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Layered Yummy Dessert Bars Recipe for TWIX lovers Mix in Mini Nilla Wafers

Now smoosh that mixture all into your buttered 9″x13″ prepared pan and make sure to get it all mooshed into the corners and as even on top as possible.  

Twixies Bars No Bake Treats Recipe with Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Layered Yummy Dessert Bars Recipe for TWIX lovers Spread marshmallow and Nilla wafer mix in pan

Stick that in the fridge to CHILLAX and set up while we move on to our yummy caramel layer.

In a heavy 2 quart saucepan combine 1 Cup  butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Bring it to a boil at just under medium heat stirring constantly. Boil for 5 minutes while continuing to stir preferably with a wooden spoon so as not to scorch your caramel. When five minutes are up, remove from heat and continue to stir/beat with a wooden spoon for an additional 3 minutes.  Your sauce will get nice and thick right before your very eyes: 

Twixies Bars No Bake Treats Recipe with Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Layered Yummy Dessert Bars Recipe for TWIX lovers - stirring the caramel sauce

Remove refrigerated cookie mixture from fridge and pour your caramel sauce on top {keep a tiny bit reserved on the side if you want to reheat it and drizzle it on top of your bars when they are done}.  

Twixies Bars No Bake Treats Recipe with Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Layered Yummy Dessert Bars Recipe for TWIX lovers - pour caramel sauce over nilla wafer layer

Spread that heavenly goodness evenly into the corners with a spatula

Twixies Bars No Bake Treats Recipe with Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Layered Yummy Dessert Bars Recipe for TWIX lovers - spread caramel sauce over nilla wafer layer

I don’t think I need to tell you to lick the spatula, right?  Place it back into the fridge to cool for at least 30 minutes and then let’s get started on the top CHOCOLATE layer!

Wait until it’s almost been 30 minutes because this part is SO QUICK!  Place your milk chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes.

Twixies Bars No Bake Treats Recipe Close Up Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers - So Yummy especially if you love TWIX Candy Bars

If your chips aren’t melted, microwave for an additional 30 seconds at a time until they are soft and melty. ***THIS PHOTO ABOVE IS of them PARTIALLY melted!  You can see on the sides that they are starting to melt against the glass.  Keep touching the top chips as you take them out to test every 30 seconds – they will become super soft and melted but might not even lose their shape so make sure not to over microwave them!*** Stir in the 2 Tablespoons of room temperature butter until it melts and your chocolate is a good spreading consistency.  (NOTE:  I’ve had a couple of you let me know that your chocolate “seized” when you added the butter – a helpful reader said this worked for them – “When I added the butter, the chocolate seized and I had to add vegetable oil to get it unseized.” So give some vegetable oil a try if it happens to you too!)  

***Here’s another method I found via Cook’s Illustrated to fix your chocolate if it seizes:  “If your chocolate does seize, add boiling water to it, 1 teaspoon at a time, and stir vigorously after each addition until the chocolate is smooth……  – Adding more liquid can actually restore melted chocolate to its liquid state. Stir boiling water into the seized chocolate 1 teaspoon at a time to smooth it out.”

Remove your dish from the fridge and spread the chocolate sauce evenly on top with a spatula making sure to spread it into the corners and as evenly as possible.

Twixies Bars No Bake Treats Recipe with Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Layered Yummy Dessert Bars Recipe for TWIX lovers Spread Chocolate

Just look at that caramel sauce all mingling and snuggling up with the cookie layer.  Resist the urge to dig in.  Try anyway. 

Twixies Bars No Bake Treats Recipe with Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Layered Yummy Dessert Bars Recipe for TWIX lovers

Put your dish back in the fridge and cool for an additional 30 minutes to an hour. After they are nice and chilled, cut them into squares and serve!

Twixie Bars No Bake Treats Recipe with Chocolate, Caramel, Nilla Wafers Bite Size Cookies Layered - Rich and Yummy Treats for TWIX lovers

Twixie Bars No Bake Treats Recipe - Milk Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Cookies Layered and NO BAKE - So YummyYou will probably want to cut these into pretty small squares..they are SO rich and yummy…. 

Twixies Bars No Bake Treats Recipe Close Up Chocolate Caramel Nilla Wafers Bite Size

These are soooo crazy good.  I might have eaten too many and licked every possible mixing bowl and spatula while making these.. but I have zero regrets. 

Twixie Bars No Bake Treats Recipe - Milk Chocolate, Caramel and Nilla Wafers Cookies layered for the YUMMIEST easy dessert treat recipe you will love! You’ll want to make these over and over again.  They will make such a fun NEW addition to your holiday gift treat plates for neighbors, teachers, relatives and friends too!    If you want to be really nice, attach the recipe.  

Here’s the handy dandy PRINTABLE Recipe for ya! 

No Bake TWIXIE Cookie Bars – Caramel, Chocolate, Mini Nilla Wafer Cookies – Easy Dessert Treats Recipe

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Twixie Bars - No Bake Dessert Treats
An EASY No-Bake Dessert Treat that all TWIX Candy Bar fans will LOVE! Layers of Mini Nilla Wafers, Caramel and Chocolate without turning on the oven. SO yummy!
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
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Servings
squares (apx)
Ingredients
For the Caramel Layer
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar Packed (I prefer the dark brown sugar)
  • 4 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Cup Sweetened and Condensed Milk
For the Chocolate Layer
  • 2 Cups MILK Chocolate Chips {there IS a difference so make sure you get MILK chocolate}
  • 2 Tablespoon Tablespoons Butter room temperature
Servings
squares (apx)
Ingredients
For the Caramel Layer
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar Packed (I prefer the dark brown sugar)
  • 4 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Cup Sweetened and Condensed Milk
For the Chocolate Layer
  • 2 Cups MILK Chocolate Chips {there IS a difference so make sure you get MILK chocolate}
  • 2 Tablespoon Tablespoons Butter room temperature
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
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Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Cookie Layer: Place mini marshmallows and cut up slices of 1/2 Cup of the butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for two minutes. If butter is not completely melted, microwave for an additional 15 seconds at a time until it is. Stir until you have a smooth mixture.
  2. Pour in Mini Nilla Wafers and stir until they are all completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Butter a 9x13 baking dish and then pour the mixture into your baking dish. Press it down evenly into all of the corners making it as level and even on top as possible. Put it in the fridge to cool while you mix the caramel layer.
Caramel Layer
  1. In a heavy 2 quart pan combine 1 Cup of the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Bring it to a boil at just under medium heat stirring constantly. Boil for 5 minutes while continuing to stir preferably with a wooden spoon so as not to scorch your caramel. When five minutes are up, remove from heat and continue to stir/beat with a wooden spoon for an additional 3 minutes. Your sauce will start to thicken up. Remove refrigerated cookie mixture from fridge and pour your caramel sauce on top* and spread it evenly into the corners with a spatula. Place it back into the fridge to cool for at least 30 minutes.
Chocolate Layer
  1. Place your milk chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes. If not melted, microwave for an additional 30 seconds at a time until they are melted. *The chips will not completely lose their shape when done so keep test touching the top chips to see when they are really soft and melted before you start another 30 seconds!* Stir in 2 Tablespoons of the butter until it melts and your chocolate is a good spreading consistency. (NOTE: I've had a few of you let me know that your chocolate "seized" when you added the butter - a helpful reader said this worked for them - "When I added the butter, the chocolate seized and I had to add vegetable oil to get it unseized." So give some vegetable oil a try if it happens to you too! *Here's another method I found via Cook's Illustrated to fix your chocolate if it seizes: "If your chocolate does seize, add boiling water to it, 1 teaspoon at a time, and stir vigorously after each addition until the chocolate is smooth...... - Adding more liquid can actually restore melted chocolate to its liquid state. Stir boiling water into the seized chocolate 1 teaspoon at a time to smooth it out.") Remove your dish from the fridge and spread the chocolate sauce evenly on top making sure to spread it into the corners and as evenly as possible. Put your dish back in the fridge and cool for an additional 30 minutes to an hour. After they are nice and chilled, them cut them into squares and serve!
  2. Find the recipe online via DreaminginDIY.com
Recipe Notes

*reserve a little of the caramel if you want to reheat it and drizzle it on the top when they are finished and ready to serve.

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EASY Twixie Bars No Bake Dessert Treats Recipe - Milk Chocolate, Caramel and Nilla Wafers Cookies Layered Yummy Dessert Bars Recipe for TWIX Candy Bars lovers

Happy “NO Baking”, friends!  Make sure to let me know how much you LOVE these, too.  I know you will.  

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19 Comments

  1. I made this this weekend and they are delicious and taste just like a twix bar. My only problem was with the butter and the chocolate. When I added the butter, the chocolate seized and I had to add vegetable oil to get it unseized. when I make it again, I will not add the butter to the chocolate. I think it would spread just as well without it. (if not then I might add a bit of oil just to get it to that consistency). I was thankful I was able to unseize the chocolate as I didn’t have anymore.

    1. Thanks, Kristi! I’m so glad you tried them! You are the second person to tell me that happened to them with the butter, darn. I’ve made them SO many times and it doesn’t happen to me, so perhaps it’s some quirky altitude thing? I’ll add it to the directions so that people have options if it happens to them. Thanks so much for letting me know!

  2. couldn’t you just add the chocolate chips on top of the caramel mixture right away and let them soften, then spread them when they are melted?

  3. I made these last month for a work birthday and they were a HUGE hit!! I just wanted to throw it out there that when I made the chocolate/butter concoction I first decided to make it on the stovetop and it did totally seize. I for some reason thought it would be better than microwaving it. I added the veggie oil and still no difference. Luckily I had boughten two bags of chocolate chips so on second try I put them in the microwave like the directions say and I had no problem at all. So I’m curious if others did the same as I did and made it on the stovetop rather than the microwave? Just thought I’d throw that our there πŸ˜‰ thanks so much for the deliciousness!!

    1. Hey Andie! That’s a good question! Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed them. I make them more often than I should….. and I’ve never had a problem with the butter and chocolate combination in the microwave either, so I’ve been really curious what the deal is! It does kind’ve look more solid than it really is at first but if you’ve chilled that caramel layer really well first, spreading the chocolate all out on top is easy peasy! At least it is for me. I can’t imagine altitude differences would make or break it but who knows! Again, SO glad you enjoyed them and thanks for letting me know! πŸ™‚

  4. I’m wondering if you use unsalted butter? I have since read that salted butter has more water content than unsalted and water is what makes chocolate seize. I used salted butter so I’m wondering if that’s the difference

  5. The bars are indeed very tasty, but the chocolate seized on me too. I was thinking that adding the butter would probably do it, and I was right! Believe it or not? Anyway I added some canola as suggested and all was well. The second time I made them, I just melted the chocolate in the microwave without the butter. Very easy to spread. πŸ€“

    1. Thanks, Susan! That’s great to know. I add the butter because there is a layered bars recipe my Mom always made that we always added the butter to the chocolate layer so I didn’t dare NOT! It’s so yummy, I didn’t want that layer to taste any different. If it’s still super yummy without, then YAY for one less step and no risk of seizing! Thanks again for taking the time to let us all know! πŸ™‚

  6. Understand completely about not altering your Mom’s recipe!!! I do think the bars are just as yummy without the butter. Anyway you make these they are DELICIOUS!
    Thx
    πŸ€“

    1. They just become room temperature, like a store bought candy bar consistency. They don’t melt. I actually think they taste best room temperature, but I keep them in the fridge until I am ready to cut them into neat squares.

    1. I don’t think they “need” to be – there’s no eggs in them. I really like them room temperature! I just think they keep longer refrigerated. Plus, it makes it much easier to cut them when they’re cold.

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