28 February 2010

Twickers Bars


Here is another recipe from my huge file of bookmarked blog posts. This one is from A Southern Grace. Grace's sense of humor and southern sensibilities, not to mention her eye for tempting recipes, makes her posts a must read for me. Sometimes I think we must be from the same home town.

This recipe makes a simple cookie bar that looked so unexpectedly delicious I had to give it a try. I was pretty sure my family would be grateful.

These bars have some features in common with the Golden Treasure Cookies I made for St. Patrick's Day last year. If you found those intriguing but the dipping process put you off then these are the bars for you. They are made from packaged crackers that many people have in their pantry along with peanut butter and butterscotch chips. Adding only a few other ingredients, butter, chocolate chips and sugar, this makes another fabulous treat that is layered in a pan and, with just a little stovetop time, is ready to cool in the refrigerator then slice and devour.

My family consumed the whole pan in no time. Still I felt compelled to adapt the recipe to a 9x9 pan, to cut down on personal temptation. These really are delicious, taking that sweet/salty, chocolate/peanut butter taste phenomenon to a new cookie bar extreme. They really do taste like Twix candy bars, only better. Try them. You'll see.


Twickers Bars

48 saltine cracker squares
2/3 cup butter
1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter (I used chunky)
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup butterscotch chips


Line a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with enough foil to extend over each end.

Line the bottom of the pan with a single layer of saltine crackers (approximately 16 squares).

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the next four ingredients and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and pour half the mixture over the saltines, spreading to coat evenly. Place another layer of saltines on top of the caramel and pour the remaining caramel on top of those, again spreading until even. Top with a third layer of Saltines.

In a small saucepan, combine the peanut butter, chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Melt over low heat stirring constantly. When melted and smooth, pour over top of the bars, spreading evenly. Refrigerate the bars for at least one hour, until completely set.

Lift the bars from the pan using the foil overhang. Cut into 1½ inch squares. Store in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

15 comments:

Ricki said...

Just reading the list of ingredients has me drooling! And the photo confirms the extreme deliciousness of these bars! As a kid, I used to eat saltines w/ PB for breakfast. . .bet these are way, way, better. ;)

Erin said...

Oh my gosh! They sound delicious! I can't wait to make them (and I'm going to this week!)

Thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

Ooooh, they look incredibly delicious! I would have no self control and eat them all up myself! I will try them! Beautiful photo!

grace said...

first of all, thanks for the kind words!!
secondly, and of much greater importance, your batch of these bars looks great! truly, anything consisting of these ingredients could never be bad. :)

Cathy said...

Who would ever believe that the lowly saltine could be turned into this!!!! I'll try them when my daughter Erin (above commenter) makes them. Yum.

She's another Portland area blogger, Lisa. I hope you stop by to visit. She's got great kid friendly ideas for family fun.

theUngourmet said...

These rock!! I love the butterscotch chips in here too. My kids would be in heaven!

the southern hostess said...

These look so yummy!

Erin said...

I couldn't wait any longer! I made them last night. Mine don't look as wonderful as yours do but they taste wonderful. I brought them to work and my co-workers haven't stopped raving about them!

I can't wait to try your other recipes!!!

Lisa said...

Ricki - As a kid I went through a phase where I snacked on saltines smeared with plain butter. Their perfect salty crunch adds great texture to this cookie bar, and the nostalgia adds another irresistible element. 

Erin - Thanks for sharing your experience. Glad they were a hit. Thanks for stopping by!

Pam - Thanks!

Grace - These are great ingredients. Thanks for the recipe!

Cathy - Hope you got to try them! It's nice that your daughter is following in your footsteps in her own way. My daughter has talked about blogging too. I think it's contagious. :)

Ungourmet and Southern Hostess - These bars are yummy. The butterscotch adds a nice note to the chocolate. The flavors dig into memories most everyone can relate too.

Robin Sue said...

I saw this on Grace's too and they looked good then. I think my family would good crazy for these. Now that you have made them too, I must join the party.

Gypmar said...

Ha! Lisa, I totally went through a Saltines with butter phase in my youth too!

I might have to give these a try this weekend...I'm hosting a group at our house, which will enable me to enjoy one without worrying about eating the entire pan. Which looks like it would be a distinct possibility.

Anna said...

Have mercy!!

Kate said...

Oh this does sound like a great treat! Let's have dessert first!

Holly said...

Oh my!! These look so yummy and kid friendly:) I just found your blog-I am adding myself as a follower. I to am from SW wa Vanc. area:) I want to invite you to come by and visit our new food blog-The Peppered Pantry:)

Michelle said...

Nummy! These bars look delicious, i will definately have to try them!

We would love for you to come check out our blog where we can hopefully share more reciptes:
http://thepepperedpantry.blogspot.com/