Thursday, July 5, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars

Ok, you seriously have to try these.  I took them to a party and they were a huge hit.  They were even described as the best dessert, ever.  These bars have all of the things you love in one:  shortbread, caramel, chocolate chip cookie dough (yes, the dough not cookies, and chocolate).  If they get too warm the caramel does ooze out a bit, which is hard to avoid during a Georgia summer, but really is oozing caramel a bad thing?  I don't think so.

This recipe is one I adapted from this one at the Brown Eyed Baker, who adapted it from The Cookie Dough Lovers Cookbook by Lindsay Landis of Love and Olive Oil.  I don't have her book yet, but it is on my list and after making these, it has definitely moved to the top!  This recipe is super easy, but make sure you read the directions before beginning.  It has several chill times that you need to allow for.  Hope you enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Billionaire Bars
yield:  24 bars

Shortbread Layer:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Caramel Layer:
1 14 oz. pkg. chewy caramel candy, unwrapped
1/4 cup half-and-half

Cookie Dough Layer:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup half-and-half
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Chocolate Layer:

8 oz semi-sweet chocolate
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Line a 9" x 13" pan with parchment leaving it long enough on the two 9" sides to be able to use it to pull up and remove the bars from the pan.  Beat together 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and salt and beat until evenly distributed.  Beat in flour until combined.  Mixture will be crumbly.  Press into prepared pan.  Prick dough with a fork.  Bake for 18 to 22 to minutes or until the edges are just beginning to brown.  Cool on a wire rack.  Microwave the caramel and 1/4 cup half-and-half, stirring at 30 second intervals until melted.  This will probably take about 2 minutes total.  Spread evenly over the shortbread layer in the pan.  Refrigerate until set (about an hour).  

Beat together the butter and sugars for the cookie dough layer with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Add the heavy cream and vanilla and mix until well combined.  Add the salt and flour and mix on low until well combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Spread evenly over the caramel layer and refrigerate while you make the chocolate layer.

Microwave the chocolate and butter at 50% power for 30 seconds.  Stir.  Then, microwave until melted at 50% power stirring every 20 seconds.  Spread evenly over the cookie dough layer.  Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

To serve, use the parchment to help you lift the contents of the pan onto a cutting board.  Cut into squares with a sharp knife.  Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator

Source:  Adapted from the Brown Eyed Baker who adapted it from The Cookie Dough Lovers Cookbook.


At July 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM , Blogger Lois Christensen said...

I do love shortbread! These look really good!

At July 5, 2012 at 10:09 PM , Blogger Virtual Essence said...

Oh my, these look superb!! I'm going to have to double my workouts so that I can make them.

At July 5, 2012 at 10:14 PM , Anonymous Cindys Recipes said...

So manylayers of goodness!

At July 6, 2012 at 7:41 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

YUM those look so divine. Caramel and chocolate, there is nothing better.

At July 6, 2012 at 11:37 AM , Blogger Ericka Breedlove said...

Oh, man! These look so tasty and sinful! :) Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

At July 6, 2012 at 2:41 PM , Blogger Dawn said...

I love layering yumminess!

At July 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM , Blogger Jennifer Kendall said...

these are seriously amazing! love it!

At July 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM , Blogger The Better Baker said...

OH.MY.GOODNESS! I certainly LOOOOVE everything in this luscious bar...and the way that caramel oozes out is driving me wild! Thanks so much.

At July 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just made these.. AMAZING!!! Thanks for the delicious recipe :)

At July 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM , Anonymous Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh my goodness these look amazing!!

At July 8, 2012 at 1:35 PM , Blogger Blondee said...

Love shortbread! These sound really good, will have to try them. :) I am your newest follower, I found you through Lois' linky party. Please feel free to stop by my 'place' anytime. :)

At July 8, 2012 at 3:17 PM , Blogger From Calculus to Cupcakes said...

So glad you enjoyed them!

At July 8, 2012 at 3:19 PM , Blogger From Calculus to Cupcakes said...

Hi, I did check out your place, and it looks great!

At July 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM , Blogger MissCandiquik said...

Oh wow, these look heavenly!!!

At July 11, 2012 at 7:19 AM , Anonymous Alessandra said...

The name sounds and looks like it suits very well. I wish I had them ready in front of me now.

At July 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM , Blogger Ericka Breedlove said...

I can't wait to make these! They were one of my favorites on Foodie Friends Friday, so I nominated you for the Addictive Blog Award! Check out my post for the details!

At July 11, 2012 at 9:51 PM , Blogger From Calculus to Cupcakes said...

Thank you so much! I actually have a couple of other awards that I have to do too. I think I'm going to make one big awards page.

At July 19, 2012 at 10:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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