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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
For the shortbread layer
For the caramel:*
For the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough
For the ganache
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*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 206mg9%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 485IU10%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.