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

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars

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

Prep Time 45 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields 24 to 30 servings     adjust servings

Ingredients

For the shortbread layer

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, 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

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

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.

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Recipe Notes

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

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 bar
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 385kcal Calories from fat 222
% Daily Value
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 157mg 7%
Carbohydrate 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 24g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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