Are there any Twix lovers out there? If caramel makes you weak at the knees (like me) you are going to go head over heels for these Twix Caramel Chocolate Cups. One bite and you will be introduced to a lava of homemade caramel atop a sweet and buttery shortbread cookie.
Add in a thick coating of dark chocolate and you have one downright sweet treat. I'm going out on a limb here to say with homemade shortbread and homemade caramel, these chocolate cups might even better than the real thing! Seriously, isn't chocolate, caramel and shortbread just THE best combo?
I love Twix bars, I really do. And I know you do too because you love my Twix-themed treats. Like my Twix Caramel Ice Cream (I could really go a scoop) or my Loaded Twix Chocolate Brownie Bars or, the most popular, my Twix Cookie Cups. But THESE, these cups are continuing my new chocolate cup trend.
First there was the Cookie Dough Chocolate Cups, then the Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Cups and now, Twix Caramel Chocolate Cups. Your favourite chocolate bar made into a lavish, yet still portable, sweet treat. I seriously CANNOT get enough!
Photographing these Twix Caramel Chocolate Cups was HARD. Firstly, we've been having really hot weather here. And because I currently photograph outside, they started to melt as soon as I took them out of the fridge. Also melty chocolate means sticky fingers, which means I was getting chocolate EVERYWHERE.
Then I was cutting a few in half for the caramel shot, so I started to get caramel everywhere too. In the end, the photos weren't exactly what I imagined but I think they capture the deliciousness despite making a real mess.
It was really really fun making these. First of all, there's homemade caramel which is such a treat to make. And homemade caramel sauce is seriously good. Like pass me the spoon kind of good. Then you get to make shortbread cookies which are one of my favourite cookies.
Just be careful not to over bake them so they just melt-in-your-mouth, ah perfection. Put those two elements together with a healthy coating of chocolate and you have, well, one way to make your Monday just a little bit sweeter. You are welcoooome!
Twix Caramel Chocolate Cups
Makes 12 cups
Salted caramel sauce
200 grams (1 cup) caster sugar
120 ml (1/2 cup) water
55 grams (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
120 ml (1/2 cup) thickened or heavy cream, room temperature
Pinch of sea salt
115 grams (1/2 cup or 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
60 grams (1/2 cup) icing or powdered sugar
1 tablespoon cornflour or corn starch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
140 grams (1 cup) plain flour
600 grams (4 cups) good quality dark or milk chocolate
To make the caramel -
In a medium saucepan, add the caster sugar and the water and pop onto the stove on a medium heat. Let the sugar melt, swirling the pan gently occasionally. As the sugar melts, it will start to turn golden in colour. Continue to watch it, swirling the pan every now and then, until it turns dark golden in colour.
Add all your butter and whisk rigourously. It will bubble up but just keep going until the butter has completely melted and mixed with the sugar syrup. Then remove your saucepan from the heat and gradually pour in your cream and whisk it through. Again, it will bubble up but just keep going until it is fully incorporated. Then whisk in the salt. Pop back on the heat for 30 seconds or so until nice and smooth. Then leave your caramel to cool down for 15 minutes before transferring to a glass bowl or jar and popping it into the fridge until you are ready to use it. You can keep the caramel in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
To make the shortbread -
In a large mixing bowl, add your butter and sift in the icing or powdered sugar and cornflour and beat with an electric mixer until creamy and combined. Add your vanilla and continue to beat, then sift in the plain flour. Beat on low for 30 seconds or until a soft dough forms. Bring the dough together into a ball using your hands and then wrap in plastic. Pop into the fridge for around 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180 C (360 F). Line a baking tray with baking or parchment paper. Lightly flour your bench, take out your shortbread dough and roll it out using a rolling pin until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Use a very small cookie cutter or something else around the house (I used a small lid) to cut out small rounds of dough (approximately 1.5 inches wide) and carefully transfer them to your prepared tray. If you can't find anything to use as a cutter, you can bake the shortbread as a large rectangle and then cut out the circles once it is baked and cooled using a sharp knife. Bake the shortbread for approximately 10-12 minutes or until just lightly golden - it's better to under bake, then over bake. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To assemble -
Place 12 cupcake liners into a 12-hole muffin tray. Place a small saucepan on medium heat with about 5cm or 2 inches of water in the bottom. Pop the chocolate into a small heatproof bowl and place the bowl on top of the saucepan, ensuring the bottom of the bowl will not touch the water below. Gently stir as the steam slowly melts the chocolate and it becomes silky and smooth.
Once the chocolate has completely melted, remove the saucepan from the heat but keep the bowl on top. Grab the caramel from the fridge. Add approximately 1-2 teaspoons of chocolate into the bottom of your cupcake liners, ensuring it covers the entire base. Then grab a small round shortbread cookie and place a teaspoon of caramel on top. Then pop it on top of the chocolate in your cupcake liner. Try to make sure the cookie won't touch the side of the liner so there is room for the chocolate to completely cover it.
Then spoon more chocolate over the caramel shortbread so it is completely covered. Continue with remaining chocolate, shortbread and caramel. Pop your chocolate cups into the fridge for at least one hour or until set.
For the caramel -
- Make sure your cream and butter are at room temperature, otherwise your mixture will seize and burn.
- No matter how many times I make caramel, I still always end up with a few little lumps of sugar. So I just run my caramel through a sieve at the end to get rid of any lumps and I am always left with silky smooth salted caramel sauce.