Homemade Twix Bar

Homemade Twix Bar

A super-decadent, vegan and gluten-free version a favorite childhood candy bar: Twix bar cookies!

super-decadent, vegan, and gluten-free version of my favorite childhood candy bar: twix!

Anything with caramel screams decadence, but there’s something extra special when it’s combined with buttery shortbread then coated in rich, creamy chocolate! It goes from good to GREAT!

So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to give you a gift.  A gift of deliciousness to be exact.  A treat that you can share with your loved ones that is completely dairy-free, gluten-free & nut-free.  Homemade Twix Bar Cookies…..

super-decadent, vegan, and gluten-free version of my favorite childhood candy bar: twix!

There are plenty of wonderful vegan and gluten-free Twix bar recipes out there, but for this one, I wanted to give you something a little different, something allergy-friendly and a little healthier too. Most recipes I’ve seen require either lots of  sugars, nut flours or caramel from a jar. Others, use date caramel like these Homemade Twix Bars from Faith Food Fitness and although I really enjoy this option, I really wanted to use SunButter as a way to create more of a peanut butter-like caramel filling.

the base

The shortbread portion of these Twix bar cookies was based on recipe I recreated years ago when we first went allergy-free.  It was my Grandma’s Christmas shortbread that I cleaned up and made allergy-friendly.  This buttery shortbread uses five ingredients — vegan butter, GF flourconfectioner’s sugar, cornstarch and vanilla extract which is not only delicious on its own, but is the perfect base for the sweet caramel & smooth, dark chocolate.

super-decadent, vegan, and gluten-free version of my favorite childhood candy bar: twix!

the middle

If you have a jar of SunButter and a few other ingredients, you can make your own filling without adding ingredients like corn syrup. Make a little extra and you have a delicious dip for sliced apples or an amazing sauce to drizzle on top of your ice cream.super-decadent, vegan, and gluten-free version of my favorite childhood candy bar: twix!

Homemade chocolate

Last but never least: chocolate. With just three ingredients — cacao powder, coconut oil, and pure maple syrup — you can make your own chocolate topping. You’ll simply melt everything together then pour that richness over the caramel layer. Sprinkle with some Himalayan sea salt and you’ve created an explosion of awesomeness!

super-decadent, vegan, and gluten-free version of my favorite childhood candy bar: twix!

Patience is a virtue

After a small amount of setting time in your fridge (or freezer if you can’t wait that long), slice into brownie-sized squares or Twix-like bars then sink your teeth into caramel-chocolate-shortbread heaven. They keep perfectly in the fridge, so you can keep them for desserts and sweet treats, even after Valentine’s Day has passed.

Ready to Tempt your Tastebuds? 

SunButter Caramel Twix Bar Cookies





Yield 24 bars

This super decadent, vegan & gluten-free version of a favorite childhood candy bar is made with buttery shortbread, rich & creamy caramel and smooth homemade chocolate. This irresistible Twix Bar Cookie will be your new favorite treat. 


Shortbread Crust:

1/2 cup (1 stick) vegan butter, softened (Earth Balance)

1 cup gluten-free flour (Bob's Red Mill 1-1)

1/3 cup vegan confectioner's sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramel Filling

2 tablespoons vegan butter, melted

1/2 cup SunButter (organic or natural)

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Chocolate Layer

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2 tablespoon pure maple syrup

pinch of Himalayan sea salt (optional topping)


Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8x8 baking pan with foil, leaving overhang and lightly spray with non-stick spray.  Set aside.

Shortbread Crust:

Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl, cutting in the butter until crumbly mixture forms.  Transfer to prepared baking pan and press down with your fingertips to form an even, flat layer.  Poke dough about a dozen times in different spots with fork then bake.  Bake 12-15 minutes or until crust has lightly set and golden (but not brown).

SunButter Caramel:

Melt butter in a medium sized microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute.  Add SunButter, syrup, vanilla & salt then stir until smooth.  Spread evenly over crust taking time to cover completely.

Chocolate Layer:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until smooth.  Pour chocolate over caramel layer and smooth with offset spatula.  Sprinkle with a small amount of sea salt for an extra explosion of flavor.

Cover pan with foil then refrigerate (2 hrs) or freeze (30 min) until set before lifting out foil and slicing into bite-sized bars.  Keep in fridge up to 10 days or freeze up to 3 months.


Don't have time to make each step?  Top off shortbread with "safe" jarred caramel topping. Melt vegan chocolate chips with a  tsp. of coconut oil, stir well then add as your final top layer.  Refrigerate as instructed. 

Courses Sweet Treats

Cuisine top 8 free, gluten free, vegan

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I’d love to know what you think of these homemade Twix Bar Cookies! Let me know in the comments.

If you make this recipe, please come back and let us know how it worked out for you.  Maybe you made it exactly as listed or used one of the quicker methods listed.  Maybe you have any tips for others.  Anyway you slice it, I’d love to hear.

super-decadent, vegan, and gluten-free version of my favorite childhood candy bar: twix!

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    Posted at 09:07h, 13 February Reply

    That look fun! What a decadent little treat!

  • Sarah @ Accidentally Crunchy
    Posted at 10:03h, 13 February Reply

    These look delightful! I love the balance of the chocolate and caramel against the texture of the shortbread!

  • Mary Ellen @ VNutrition
    Posted at 10:05h, 13 February Reply

    These look so cool! I think I’d probably eat the whole pan!

  • Elizabeth DiBurro
    Posted at 11:38h, 13 February Reply

    I am DEFINITELY making these! They look amazing and I know my boys will love them! Thanks for the recipe!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:47h, 15 February Reply

      Of course Elizabeth. Stop back after your boys have tried it and let me know what they thought. My kiddos all loved it

  • Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    Posted at 13:07h, 13 February Reply

    I love twix (well, I did before going gf). This look incredible!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:45h, 15 February Reply

      Thanks Chrystal! Glad it’s a treat you can have as well.

  • Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day
    Posted at 13:56h, 13 February Reply

    This is amazing! I used to love Twix. I’m so glad yours are GF!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:44h, 15 February Reply

      Best of all, you wouldn’t know these were gluten-free.

  • Kelly @ TastingPage
    Posted at 15:05h, 13 February Reply

    Twix are, or rather, were, my all time favorite treat, before allergies. Love this healthier version!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:43h, 15 February Reply

      I know what you mean. Allergies changed things for us as well, but it also made us revamp our eating and I’m loving that change.

  • Chandice Probst
    Posted at 16:37h, 13 February Reply

    Yum, I love the decadent photography AND recipe!

  • Alexa @ Flo & Grace
    Posted at 16:44h, 13 February Reply

    So creative to use Sunbutter in these better-for-you Twix bars. Great tips on shortcuts. Lovely pictures as always Nicole!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:40h, 15 February Reply

      Thank you so much! Hopefully the tips will make it even easier if under a time crunch.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 20:42h, 13 February Reply

    If these aren’t amazing I don’t know what its! I am a huge sunbutter fan and any chance to use it I’m all over! I haven’t had a twix bar in years, so I’m really looking forward to trying these!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:39h, 15 February Reply

      SunButter is the best for sure! And these bars are gluten-free too, so feel free to eat a few

  • Laura | Petite Allergy Treats
    Posted at 20:44h, 13 February Reply

    Allergy friendly Twix bars are a must… These look outstanding!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:38h, 15 February Reply

      Thanks Laura! We must have been having the same craving, just saw your Twix Brownies. Yum

  • Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite
    Posted at 00:59h, 14 February Reply

    Twix is definitely a childhood fave of mine! Looks so good!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:36h, 15 February Reply

      Mine too! I just love the crunchy bottom, gooey middle then chocolate! How could you not just love that?

  • Lauren
    Posted at 08:01h, 14 February Reply

    These look SO amazing!! I can’t wait to try them 🙂

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:35h, 15 February Reply

      Thanks Lauren! I’d love for you to stop back and let me know what you all think

  • Megan
    Posted at 14:19h, 14 February Reply

    I could eat a whole pan of these. Twix are my FAV.

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:31h, 15 February Reply

      Oh, it’s been hard to stay away, that’s for sure! At least you can always say you are eating for 2 🙂

  • Linda @ Veganosity
    Posted at 14:34h, 14 February Reply

    These look fantastic! I used to love Twix bars. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:30h, 15 February Reply

      You’re welcome Linda. I loved them too, so I just had to make a vegan version.

  • Alisa Fleming
    Posted at 09:11h, 15 February Reply

    Serious Sunbutter for the win! I love that you used it to make the caramel – positively genius! Everything about these bars is calling my name.

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:29h, 15 February Reply

      I love that I can use SunButter for so many things, other than as a spread. It’s been a life changer for us and these bars, you’ll LOVE them

  • Anjali @ Vegetarian Gastronomy
    Posted at 12:21h, 16 February Reply

    YUMMY!!! Twix bars used to be my favorite! that crunch, gooey center, and chocolate. These look really good! Love that they are also GF!

  • Uma Srinivas
    Posted at 14:02h, 17 February Reply

    Very Interesting recipe! loved the addition of sun butter:)

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 11:14h, 21 February Reply

      Thanks Uma. You can always use a date based caramel too, I just love the extra protein and SunButter.

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