Thursday, April 7, 2016

Gooey Twix Brownies

Teacher appreciation week is in full swing here. I always like to make something homemade for them, but incorporate their favorite things. One teacher loves twix, one teacher likes brownies, they both like caramel & chocolate so why not Twix brownies?!  These are very simple to make, just a little time consuming waiting for things to cool before adding the layers. Don't they look so yummy? 

The fabulous brownie layer
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa)
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a 9x13 pan & set aside.
Cream butter & sugar together. Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Sift together dry ingredients & slowly add to the butter mixture.  Pour into greased pan & bake for 25-30 minutes.  Allow to cool before the next layer is added.

Shortbread layer
1 box of shortbread cookies
6oz cream cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar

You can make this one of two ways. Get some frustration out & put the cookies in a Ziploc bag, take a hammer, & smash the heck out of the cookies. OR use a food processor to crumb up the cookies. In a bowl, mix together the crumbs, cream cheese, & powdered sugar.  Press this mixture on top of the cooled brownies.

Gooey Caramel Layer
1 package of caramels, unwrapped
2 TBSP milk

Place caramels & milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt the caramels for 30 seconds at a time. Stir in between until all the caramels are melted & the milk is incorporated. Pour over shortbread layer. Place in fridge to let cool completely.

Chocolate Topper
1 package of Dark chocolate chips (you can use milk chocolate if you like that one better)
1 TBSP shortening
Melt chocolate & shortening in a microwave-safe bowl, going 30 seconds at a time & stirring in between until melted. Pour melted chocolate over the caramel layer. Refrigerate until set before you slice them. To store these, keep in the refrigerator.