I’ve started this post several times. This morning I woke up with renewed energy and determination to block out the horrible events of last Friday, and make this a great week for myself and my children. Then I took my three kids to school. I cried after I dropped each one of them off. The realization that I cannot protect them all of the time hit me. The despair of what has happened in that small Connecticut town hit me with renewed force. I cried all the way home. I can’t block it out. I can refuse to watch the news. I can avoid the newspapers, etc. But the tragedy of that day’s events is embedded into my heart and mind. However, I also realized I can curl up in despair this week before Christmas and mourn for those poor children and teachers and families, or I can honor their memory in the best way I can and continue to make this a wonderful holiday for my children. My children, that I feel so blessed to have and that I love with all my heart. So, I came home (which I know I am so fortunate to be able to do), turned on the Christmas music and the Christmas lights, said a prayer for the victims and guidance for myself, and started this post again. (I also broke out the Christmas M&M’s but let’s keep that just between me and you.)
I made these Homemade Twix Bars a couple of years ago. They were delicious. On Friday, in an effort to avoid the news and reality, my youngest two kids and I made them again. But this time, I made a little change. And this time….they taste almost exactly like a Twix candy bar! (which happens to be one of my favorites!) They are soooo good.
DIY “Twix” Bars
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Place a single layer of Club crackers in the bottom of a 13×9 baking pan, set aside.
- In a saucepan, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugars, milk and butter and bring to a boil. Continuously stir and boil for 4-5 minutes. The mixture will thicken and have a caramel consistency, and pull away from the sides of the pan.
- Pour caramel mixture over the crackers and spread evenly to coat. Careful, it’s HOT.
- Immediately top with another layer of Club crackers, pressing down slightly.
- Chill for about 30 minutes. (I don’t think we waited that long!)
- While bars are chillin’ – combine peanut butter/wowbutter, Biscoff and chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave for one minute. Stir well to combine. Microwave in 15 second increments if needed until mixture is smooth.
- Pour chocolate mixture over cooled bars and spread evenly. Allow to cool, then cut into “Twix” bars or squares. ENJOY!