5.01.2013

Bajillionaire Bars

Yeah, I did it. 

I most definitely just made up the name of these bars.  But lemme 'splain.


Any of you ever heard of Millionaire Bars?  Well they're quite simple...kind of.  Millionaire Bars are a treat consisting of a shortbread crust, caramel filling, and chocolate topping.  And if you've never had this combination [ahem, Twix Bars], then you are 1) missing out and 2) don't even realize how addicting those three things together can be.  Trust.

But when I stumbled upon the recipe for Billionaire Bars, there was no turning back.  Actually, this recipe was called Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars but because that title is a touch long, I made up my own name.  And because I felt that 'billionaire' didn't even begin to describe how rich and decadent these bars turned out to be.  Trust again.


So what is it that knocks these bars up a few notches?  Well, cookie dough, of course!  And one thick layer of it.  So let's recap...

Buttery, crunchy shortbread crust.  Creamy caramel filling.  A thick layer of soft chocolate chip cookie dough.  And last but not least, a shiny, smooth topping of chocolate.

It's hard for me to even describe these lil' suckers without my mouth watering.  Every monstrous bite you take fills your mouth with bajillionaire goodness.  Seriously, these bars may actually make you feel richer, they're that delicious.  Or possibly a little fatter....just kiddinggggg.


So what do these bars have to do with what's going on in my life currently?  Well, I figured I better follow up my engagement post with a monumental dessert, seeing as that is quite the life changing event.  And these Bajillionaire Bars, along with the Brownie Fantasy Bars, are nothing less than mind-blowing memorable.  Must I say 'trust' one more time?

So to celebrate my engagement [okay, totally kidding], get your buns in the kitchen and get bakin'!  .

My Notes:
  • I doubled this recipe so I'd have enough to make a 13x9-inch pan, but if you don't have a crowd to serve, simply cut the ingredients in half, use an 8x8-inch pan, and bake for 18 to 22 minutes.  

Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Ingredients:
Shortbread:
2/3 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. all purpose flour

Caramel Filling:
14 oz. soft caramels, unwrapped
4 tbsp. heavy whipping cream

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:
1 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 c. packed light brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
4 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 c. all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1 c. mini semisweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Glaze:
8 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp. unsalted butter

Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Spray 13x9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. For shortbread, in a medium bowl, beat together butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).  Add vanilla extract and salt and beat until combined.  Add flour and mix until incorporated (mixture may be crumbly).  Firmly press mixture into bottom of prepared pan.  Using a fork, poke holes in the crust.  Bake 22 minutes or until edges are lightly golden.  Set pan on wire rack while making the filling.
  3. For caramel filling, place caramels and heavy whipping cream into medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until completely melted.  Pour hot caramel mixture over shortbread and spread into an even layer.  Refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour or until set.
  4. For chocolate chip cookie dough, combine butter, light brown sugar, and sugar in a large bowl and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).  Add heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract and mix well.  Add flour and salt and mix on low speed until incorporated.  Stir in mini chocolate chips.  Spread cookie dough over the caramel layer.  Refrigerate pan while making topping.
  5. For chocolate glaze, in a small microwavable bowl, combine chocolate and butter and melt until smooth.  Spread glaze over cookie dough and chill 30 minutes or until set, before cutting and serving.
Yield: 2 dozen bars


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2 comments:

  1. OH MY HECK! Way better than just millionaire bars! They look heavenly!

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  2. Do these have to be refrigerated after they are made?

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