Special thanks to MARS and Collective Bias for partnering up with me to bring you these recipes. Using TWIX Bites, I created two awesome recipes - TWIX cheesecakes bites on a lollipop stick – a decadent TWIX cheesecake with a shortbread crust all coated in a thick layer of milk chocolate. AND miniature TWIX sugar cookie sandwiches.
My husband often makes fun of me for how often my “favorites” in food change. He’ll ask me what my favorite dinner is and one day it can be something and the next day it is entirely different. I tend to change my favorites for foods a lot.
The same applies for candies and desserts. However, he will tell you, I am pretty constant in my candy choices.
I do not like fruity candy. And for chocolate candies – I have three favorites – and TWIX is in that top three.
And then Mars came out with small bite-sized miniature forms of their candies and they are now my favorites of my favorite candies. (Make sense?)
First of all – mini = more chocolate. Second – no wrappers = kind of a good thing and kind of a bad thing. Like my husband surprised me with a whole bag of these Bites…and they were gone within 5 days. With no help. I tend to be less conscious of how much I am eating without a growing wrapper pile…
Anyways, I found some coupons for TWIX bite-sized candies. Mars is doing a coupon right now where if you buy 2 bags you save 3$. I was basically way pumped. And proceeded to buy
10. Okay 15 bags at Walmart. I’m stocking up over here people. In case there is ever a TWIX shortage, you know you can come on over to my house. Anytime. I’ve got you covered.
And once I had my billion bags of TWIX candies, I decided to throw a little get together with some friends, make some desserts with the candies and have everyone try them out.
First on the menu – TWIX cheesecake Bites. These are so much fun and pretty simple to make. The actual cheesecake is pretty typical cheesecake stuff with TWIX Bites mixed in. The thing that makes these exciting is cutting them in the shape of a circle and putting them on a lollipop stick.
I’m convinced that not only do desserts always taste better in miniature form, but definitely always tastes best on a lollipop stick.
And don’t even get me started about dipping them in a thick coating of milk chocolate. Because that is what puts these desserts so over the top. In all the best ways of course!
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour, scoop to measure so it's not packed in
- 16 ounces (2 packages) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup TWIX Bites
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Lollipop sticks and circle cookie cutter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper covering the bottom and the sides.
- Cream together the butter and powdered sugar. Beat in the cornstarch, salt, and vanilla.
- Stir in the flour and then press the mixture evenly to the bottom of the pan.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes or until lightly golden at the sides. Remove and allow to cool while making the cheesecake filling.
- In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese (that has been softened to room temperature and not microwaved) with the sugar until completely smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract and the egg.
- In a small bowl, stir together the TWIX Bites and the flour (this helps to keep the TWIX Bites from all sinking to the bottom.)
- Stir in the TWIX mixture to the cheesecake mixture and then pour evenly over the crust.
- Bake for 20-23 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for 30 minutes on a counter and then chill for 1 and 1/2 hours in the fridge.
- Remove from the fridge pull out the cheesecake using the sides of the parchment paper. Cut out circles in the cheesecake and then press a lollipop stick into the center of each cheesecake.
- Line a large tray with parchment paper and set the cheesecake pops on the tray. Freeze while preparing the chocolate.
- Combine the chocolate and vegetable oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in bursts of 30 seconds, stirring in between each burst until the chocolate is melted. Either spoon the chocolate over the cheesecakes or using a fork and the lollipop stick, gently dip the cheesecake into the chocolate and back onto the lined parchment paper.
- Once all the cheesecakes have been coated in chocolate place in the fridge and allow for the chocolate to harden before enjoying.
Okay and ready for one more recipe? This one is SUPER simple and easy to make. They are caramel frosted TWIX sugar cookie bites! Starting off with miniature sugar cookies using my go-to favorite sugar cookie recipe. How cute are those mini little sugar cookies?!
These cookies come together very easily, but do take a little bit of preparation because the frosting needs some time to chill. The caramel is created over the stove-top and then is chilled.
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature (not melted)
- 1 large egg yolk (reserve whites for another recipe)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. almond extract, to taste
- 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose white flour
- 1 and 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 5 and 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, not whipped
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- TWIX Bites, halved (quantity depends on how many sandwiches made)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the egg yolk (must be a large egg yolk), vanilla, and almond extract.
- In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Slowly add the dry to the wet ingredients. If the dough is too wet, add more flour (a tablespoon at a time) until the dough pulls away from the sides.
- Roll tiny balls of dough (refer to my picture) and place on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned. (You want these to be slightly under-baked and very soft since it is a cookie sandwich and would be not very pleasant to bite through two hard cookies.)
- Remove the cookies from the oven, transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add in the brown sugar and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Slowly add in the heavy whipping cream, stirring constantly. Add a pinch of salt and the vanilla. Raise the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a soft boil.
- Allow it to lightly boil, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a dish. Place in the fridge and allow to chill for at least 30 minutes or until completely chilled through.
- Pour the cooled caramel sauce (it thickens as it cools) into a large bowl. Beat in the powdered sugar until the frosting is thick to your desired preference. (You can add in more, or use less powdered sugar, but you will want it thick to pipe on the cookies).
- Fit a frosting bag with a star tip and fill with frosting. Pipe the frosting on a cooled sugar cookie and top with another sugar cookie. Pipe a little bit more frosting on the top of the cookie and place a halved TWIX bite.
Want to see some cute pictures from the party? Be warned – adorable babies ahead.
And here’s the coupon I used! You can save $1.00 off of any two (2) MARS Brand Bites, 2.83 ounces of larger OR $3.00 Off any two (2) MARS Brand Bites, 6oz. or larger. (Includes TWIX®, 3 MUSKETEERS®, MILKY WAY® Simply Caramel, MILKY WAY® & SNICKERS®):
And here’s where you can find these Twix Bites – on the candy aisle!