Twix Thumbprint Cookies


It’s getting to be that time of year, where there seems to be an endless supply of cookies coming from every direction – or maybe that’s just me because I make ridiculous amounts of cookies during the holidays! But no one is complaining around here. I’ve made a chocolate version of these cookies but I wanted to go with a traditional vanilla version – and they will remind you so much of a Twix candy bar! If you want to take it one step further you can double the amount of chocolate and instead of using chocolate chips use good quality chopped chocolate, temper it and dip the bottoms of the cookies before you drizzle the tops! It’s what I would have liked to do with these but I just didn’t have enough time. No matter though, they were still totally decadent and delicious! And yes of course you don’t find gourmet flakes of Maldon sea salt on top of a Twix – but they should totally start adding it, don’t you think? I added it and it gave them that totally irresistible salted caramel flavor we all crave. Total Twix upgrade! I’ve always loved those candy bars so these cookies have my name all over them and they’ll likely become a holiday tradition for me. What’s not to love here? Melt in your mouth shortbread style cookie, chewy caramel center with a hint of sea salt, and a finishing touch of luscious chocolate, they are simply dreamy! Be sure to try them at least once during the holidays, you won’t regret it!

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Just fyi the cookies may look pretty sitting like so in a gift box, but I DON’T recommend stacking them in the slightest because the caramel will stick and it will also smudge the chocolate a bit. I just couldn’t resist for a picture though.

Twix Thumbprint Cookies | Cooking Classy


Twix Thumbprint Cookies

5 from 2 votes

Yield: About 28 cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups (318g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened about halfway (it should only indent slightly when touched)
  • 2/3 cup (140g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 26 (208g) soft caramels, unwrapped, such as Kraft
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup (128g) milk chocolate chips*
  • 2 tsp shortening (optional)
  • Maldon sea salt flakes or Fleur de Sel , optional


  1. For the cookies:
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour and salt. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until well combined (scrape bowl occasionally throughout entire mixing process). Mix in egg yolks and vanilla extract then with mixer set on low speed, slowly add in flour mixture and mix just until combined. Scoop dough out 1 Tbsp at a time (24g) and shape into balls then place on a flat surface and make an indentation in middle of cookies with thumb. Transfer to plates (leaving a little space between cookies for even chilling. Also don't just make indentation when cookies are on plates or they'll likely stick) and chill in refrigerator 45 - 60 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees halfway through chilling cookies.
  3. Transfer cookies to a baking sheet lined with a silicone liner or parchment paper, spacing cookies 2-inches apart (keep remaining shaped cookies chilled). Bake in preheated oven 14 - 15 minutes until set. Remove from oven and immediately use the back of a rounded teaspoon to make a deeper indentation in center (as it likely flattened out a bit while baking). Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  4. For the caramel filling:
  5. Add caramels and cream to a medium mixing bowl. Heat in microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring well between intervals, until melted and smooth. Spoon caramel into center of thumbprints adding just enough to fit without overflowing (about 1 heaping tsp). Rewarm as needed.
  6. For the chocolate drizzle:
  7. Place chocolate chips and shortening if using in a microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring well between intervals, until melted and smooth. Pour melted chocolate chocolate into a small resealable bag or piping bag, cut a tiny tip from corner and drizzle over tops of cookies. Sprinkle with sea salt if using. Allow chocolate to set at room temperature or in refrigerator. Store in a single layer in an airtight container at room temperature.
  8. Recipe source: adapted from my Italian Thumbprint Cookies, inspired by Recipe Critic


  • Laura: These cookies look delish, and lovely photos as always, Jaclyn! November 22, 2015 at 6:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura :)!! November 22, 2015 at 9:17pm Reply

  • Kelly: These look and sound amazing, yum!

    xx Kelly November 22, 2015 at 7:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Kelly! November 22, 2015 at 9:18pm Reply

  • Leslie: I love Twix, it’s my favorite candy bar. These look to pretty to eat. Who am I kidding, I’d devour them by the handful. Hah. November 22, 2015 at 7:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yeah me too :)! November 22, 2015 at 9:18pm Reply

  • Nadia Kaplan: have to make these. Looks so delicious :)
    November 23, 2015 at 3:06am Reply

  • Jess @ What Jessica Baked Next: These twix cookies are gorgeous, Jaclyn! Love the chocolate drizzle. So perfect! November 23, 2015 at 5:52am Reply

  • CakePants: These look unbelievably delicious (not to mention addictive)! My older brother’s favorite candy is Twix, and he has already hinted that he’s more than okay with receiving baked goods for Christmas, so I’m thinking this would be perfect! Thanks for the tip about not stacking them :) November 23, 2015 at 7:55am Reply

  • Katrina: These are some of the prettiest cookies I’ve seen all year!! Totally crushing right now! November 23, 2015 at 9:36am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): These cookies are absolutely stunning, almost too pretty to eat! :) November 23, 2015 at 12:57pm Reply

  • Medeja: They look beautiful! And delicious too! November 23, 2015 at 2:24pm Reply

  • Katie: Love the recipe Thanks! I my opinion salt makes every sweet dish even more intense and interesting! xoxo Katie November 23, 2015 at 2:58pm Reply

  • Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture: Oh holy moly… these are perfection! Absolutely cannot wait to try them. Twix bars are my favorite! And I’m always looking for a cookie that’s a little different. Thank you! November 24, 2015 at 8:09am Reply

  • Joshua Hampton: These cookies look absolutely amazing! November 24, 2015 at 9:43am Reply

  • bella b: Oh wow these look so good!! November 24, 2015 at 9:48pm Reply

  • Age: Do these freeze well or how long do they keep if air tight room temp? December 19, 2015 at 7:33am Reply

  • Age: Do these freeze well? How long do they stay good when air tight room temp?? December 19, 2015 at 9:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tried freezing them so I can’t say for sure. They should be fine at room temp for 3 – 4 days. December 19, 2015 at 10:57am Reply

  • Lisa: Instead of using caramel candies, can I make a simple caramel instead with sugar, water, and cream? December 20, 2015 at 12:46pm Reply

  • jeanne: These are so good! I followed the recipe and was not disappointed. Mine weren’t as pretty as yours, i had trouble with caramel drips and my zip lock bags were pleated so the chocolate didn’t pipe as well. But what a wonderful combination of flavors! December 23, 2015 at 7:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Jeanne :)! December 24, 2015 at 9:34pm Reply

  • Meredith: These look so good!! Is the cookie part a hard or soft cookie? August 25, 2016 at 11:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s somewhere between the two. They aren’t hard and crisp but also not soft and chewy. They have a wonderful texture though. August 25, 2016 at 8:16pm Reply

      • Meredith: These are AMAZING!!! The cookie is absolutely divine. So buttery and the perfect texture! I opted to make a homemade caramel sauce instead to save a little $, which would have worked better if I had cooked it a little longer. They’re still fine, it’s just the caramel is a little runny. I always try recipes for the first time for just myself and my husband though, so now I know what to before making them for others! These will definitely be made again. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! August 30, 2016 at 11:20am Reply

        • Jaclyn: Thanks Meredith! August 31, 2016 at 10:35am Reply

  • Kendra: Has anyone tried freezing these yet? November 12, 2016 at 2:51pm Reply

    • Joanne Wagner: Delicious and beautiful! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

      I did freeze these cookies for Christmas and they were still delicious. January 5, 2018 at 2:31pm Reply

  • Joanne Wagner: Delicious and beautiful! This recipe is definitely a keeper! January 5, 2018 at 2:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Joanne! January 8, 2018 at 11:26am Reply

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