Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars- buttery shortbread topped with gooey caramel, peanut butter cookie dough, and chocolate ganache.  Swoon!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars: OMG! These are so sinful- buttery shortbread with gooey caramel, edible peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough, and a thick layer of chocolate ganache. Swoon! food desserts bars

Whoa boy!  Do I have a treat for you today, my friend!  With Superbowl coming up, I thought I should arm you with the perfect dessert recipe, and this is IT!  These peanut butter cookie dough billionaire bars will have your friends begging you for more.  They are SO indulgent!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars: OMG! These are so sinful- buttery shortbread with gooey caramel, edible peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough, and a thick layer of chocolate ganache. Swoon! food desserts bars

I made these a few weeks ago when we had friends over, and I could not stop grabbing for them.  They’re super rich and they’ve got everything you could ever want in a dessert and more.  Crunchy, gooey, chocolate-y, and creamy.

I’ve talked before about what I think a Superbowl dessert should be.  Indulgent definitely tops the list.  Peanut butter and chocolate are always crowd-pleasers.  But most importantly, it should be finger food.  You have to be able to sit on a sofa (and maybe jump up and cheer every so often) while eating it.

Billionaire bars are the perfect solution.  With a sturdy base of crumbly, buttery shortbread, a gooey layer of salted caramel, and all that rich, melt-in-your mouth chocolate, they just can’t be beat.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars: OMG! These are so sinful- buttery shortbread with gooey caramel, edible peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough, and a thick layer of chocolate ganache. Swoon! food desserts bars

That is, unless you take them next level with a layer of peanut butter cookie dough.  So over-the-top!

Don’t worry, this peanut butter cookie dough is perfectly safe to eat because there are no eggs.  Edible peanut butter cookie dough!  And since we’re indulging, why not add some extra chocolate chips in there too.

I’m telling you- your guests won’t be able to get enough!

Got any fun plans for the big game this weekend?  Whatever you’re doing, I hope there’s good food and lots of fun involved!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars: OMG! These are so sinful- buttery shortbread with gooey caramel, edible peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough, and a thick layer of chocolate ganache. Swoon! food desserts bars

Check out some of my other favorite “dude food” desserts for Superbowl Sunday:

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars- buttery shortbread topped with gooey caramel, peanut butter cookie dough, and chocolate ganache. Swoon!


Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bars, billionaire bars, caramel, Chocolate, cookie dough, peanut butter, shortbread
Servings: 24
Calories: 359 kcal
Ingredients
For the shortbread layer
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
For the caramel:*
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
For the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough
For the ganache
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Instructions
Make the shortbread:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9 by 9-inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place the butter and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, or until very pale and fluffy.  
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract until incorporated.  
  4. Add the flour and salt, and stir on medium speed just until smooth.  
  5. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan, in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 22 to 28 minutes, or until just beginning to turn golden around the edges.
Make the caramel:*
  1. In a small pot, gently heat the cream, butter, and salt until the butter has melted and the salt has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.
  2. Place the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium pot and cook over medium-high heat, swirling the pot occasionally to distribute the heat evenly. Boil the sugar mixture until the bubbles begin to get smaller and it becomes amber-colored, then reduce the heat to low and pour in the warm cream mixture.  Whisk constantly to avoid lumps or crystals, and continue to cook until a candy thermometer registers 240 degrees F.
  3. Immediately transfer the hot mixture to a heat-safe vessel, cool until slightly thickened, and pour the warm caramel over the shortbread.  Allow to cool before layering with peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough.
Make the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough:
  1. Place the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl, and beat on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, or until very pale and fluffy.  
  2. Stir in the peanut butter until smooth.  
  3. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, then stir in the flour until smooth.  
  4. Mix in the vanilla and salt, then spread the mixture over the caramel and top with ganache.
Make the ganache:
  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium mixing bowl.  
  2. Heat the cream in a small pot until just barely simmering, then pour it over the chocolate and let stand for about 3 minutes.  
  3. Stir the ganache gently with a silicone spatula, until smooth.  
  4. Pour the ganache over the edible cookie dough in an even layer.  
  5. Allow to cool until set, then run a thin knife around the edges and remove from the pan.  
  6. Cut into bars just before serving.
Recipe Notes

*For a full picture tutorial, see my Salted Caramel Sauce post.

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Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 25g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 9.7%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.