Sunday, 22 March 2015

Twix Shortbread Cookies

What an amazing week!! Our littles were on spring break for the past two weeks, and while I would like to say that we had a restful relaxing couple of weeks, the total chaos that we did have was a ton of fun!

The girls Irish danced in twelve shows over the course of last week and although we had a wig catasrophe, both girls had a ball dancing their Irish hearts out for people.

This week at work we had our annual Bake Off. Each of the participating bakers had to bring in their favorite recipe, with servings for 100 people, plus 3 judges. I decided to make these yummy cookies I found on Pinterest. I cut them in half so that the public would each get a serving, and then brought full sized cookies for the judges. I ended up making the recipe 3 times to have enough for all the servings I needed, plus a tray for our house!!

Although I didn't win (that honour went to a ridiculously amazing cheesecake) I got a ton of positive feedback on the cookies I brought!

Twix Shortbread Cookies
Recipe adapted from here
2/3 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup caramel sauce
6 ounces chocolate wafers, melted


To make the cookie layer, preheat the oven to 375F. In the bowl of your mixer, combine 2/3 cup butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla. Combine ingredients until the butter is creamy, scraping the edges of the bowl. Add the flour and mix at low speed until well combined. Cover and refrigerate dough for an hour, until firm.

Shape the dough into 1" balls. Place dough 2" apart on cookie sheets. Make an indentation in the cookie balls with the back of a wooden spoon. Bake 8-10 minutes until the edges are start to golden.

Remove from the oven and place cookie sheets on a wire rack to cool completely.

After the cookies have had a chance to cool completely. Put the caramel sauce into a piping bag and lightly pipe caramel into the indentations. While the caramel is settling into the indentations, melt the chocolate wafers using a double boiler.

Using a fork, drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookies. Refrigerate for ten minutes, to allow the chocolate to harden over the cookies.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! I know that the cookies I tried to keep at our house were gone in about ten minutes!!

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