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Twix Cheesecake Bars

The BEST EVER Twix Cheesecake Bars with an easy (2-ingredient) caramel sauce and chocolate ganache

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword twix cheesecake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1 9 x 9 inch pan (~20 bars)
Calories 129 kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 and 1/4 cups crushed Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies (Can substitute crushed graham crackers)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

Filling:

  • 2 packages (16 ounces) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons white flour
  • 1/4 cup full fat sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup Twix minis

Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup milk (or dark, or semi sweet) chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 bag (4.51 ounces) Werther's soft and chewy caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons evaporated milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Line an 9 x 9-inch baking dish with parchment paper (making sure you leave plenty of overhang so you can easily remove the bars) and spray the parchment paper lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. For the crust: In a medium bowl, combine the Lorna Doone shortbread cookie crumbs, melted butter, brown sugar, and salt. Press into the bottom and barely up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, remove and set aside to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

  3. For the cheesecake batter: In a large bowl, (use a stand mixer or hand mixers) beat the completely room temperature cream cheese, sugar, and flour together on medium speed just until smooth. Add in the sour cream, vanilla, and salt. Beat at low until combined. Be careful to not overmix this batter and to keep the mixer at low even speeds. Add in the eggs, mixing just until combined after each addition. Gently fold the twix minis into the batter.

  4. Pour the batter into the cooled crust and smooth into an even layer. Press down any twix minis that have popped above the surface. Bake for 38-43 minutes, until the center is just set and top is not shiny (the center might still be a little jiggly and that's perfect). Remove the bars from the oven and let cool at room temperature for 1 hour. After that, cover, and chill in the fridge for 4-6 hours (I always chill overnight and like that best!)

  5. Lift the cheesecake out of the pan (using the parchment paper overhang) and using a very hot knife, slice into even bars. (I like to run the knife under very hot water, wipe it off, and then make one slice. Repeat until the cheesecake is all sliced up!) Serve with caramel and chocolate sauce as desired (directions below). You want to serve the cheesecake right out of the fridge, so store cut bars in the fridge while you make the sauces. These cheesecake bars are best 3-4 days after making.

Caramel Sauce and Chocolate ganache

  1. Chocolate Ganache: In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream over medium heat and bring to a simmer; do not boil! Place the chocolate chips in a heat safe bowl. Pour the simmering heavy cream over the chocolate chips and cover the bowl with the lid of a saucepan. Let stand for 5 minutes. Then remove the lid and stir for 2-3 minutes or until completely smooth. Let stand for a bit to firm up and then spoon over the cheesecakes.

  2. Caramel Sauce: place unwrapped caramels in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the evaporated milk and heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is smooth. Let stand for 5 minutes and then spoon over the cheesecakes.