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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars + A Cookbook GIVEAWAY!

My mom and I represent the yin and yang of kitchen equilibrium. Growing up, she cooked every single night. My mom’s a great cook and would make a variety of meals, usually consisting of some type of chicken or beef with potatoes or rice, a vegetable and a salad. She would bake occasionally, but not terribly often. Then there’s me. I bake multiple days a week, but only cook real meals or dinners occasionally. My mom’s a cook, and I’m a baker; we create balance in our little corner of the food world. The exception to my mom’s occasional baking was around the holidays. She would bake up a storm, making tons of different holiday cookies to take to family and to have at the house should we get any visitors. When I was really young, I remember milling about the kitchen and waiting (im)patiently for her to finish mixing the cookie batter so I could lick the beaters. To my young taste buds, licking the beaters was by far the best part of cookie baking. No doubt about it.

Around the time I hit upper elementary school and junior high, my mom banned beater-licking over recent salmonella scares and warnings about raw eggs. Kids everywhere mourned. Away from the watchful eye of Mom, I’d still sneak a taste or two. It wasn’t until many years later, when I was older and working, that a friend shared a recipe with me that rocked my cookie dough world. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip. It tasted exactly like chocolate chip cookie dough, but it didn’t have any raw eggs in it. This was a culinary epiphany. Finally, a way to eat cookie dough without second-guessing yourself! Then there were the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies. Now? An entire cookbook dedicated to creating all sorts of amazing treats with (egg-free) cookie dough! The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook was written by Lindsay Landis, who you might know from the blog, Love & Oil. This bar recipe comes straight from the book, which is packed with fantastic recipes using different types of cookie dough in some of the most creative ways imaginable. I am excited to be giving a copy of the book away today!

You may have heard of “Millionaire Bars” before, which are essentially a shortbread crust topped with a layer of caramel and then a layer of chocolate. Pretty good stuff, right? Lindsay takes it a step further in the book with a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough between the caramel and chocolate layers. I love the added layer of flavor that it provides, truly amping up the original dessert and making it worthy of billionaire status!

Now, on to the giveaway!

Giveaway Details

One (1) winner will receive a copy of The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook.

How to Enter

To enter this giveaway, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post:

“Do you eat raw cookie dough?” Yes or no, there’s no judgment here! I can’t keep my fingers out of the bowl!

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The Fine Print

Deadline: Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

Winner: The winner will be chosen at random using Random.org and announced at the top of this post. The winner will also be notified via email; if the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is provided by Quirk Books.

GOOD LUCK!

One year ago: Creamy Cucumber Salad
Two years ago: 1st Birthday Party Smash Cake
Three years ago: How to Decorate Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
Four years ago: French Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Shortbread:
1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

For the Caramel:
7 ounces soft caramel candies (about 25 candies), unwrapped
2 tablespoons heavy cream

For the Cookie Dough:
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
½ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

For the Chocolate Glaze:
4 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhang on two sides.

2. Make the Shortbread: In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add vanilla and salt and beat until combined. Add flour and mix until incorporated; dough may appear slightly crumbly. Firmly press into prepared pan. Poke shallow holes into the surface of the dough with a fork or skewer. Bake 18 to 22 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. Remove pan from oven and set on a wire rack.

3. Make the Caramel Layer: Place the caramel candies in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the heavy cream and stir until completely melted. Pour hot caramel mixture over shortbread crust and spread into an even layer. Refrigerate until set, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

4. Make the Cookie Dough: Combine the butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the heavy cream and vanilla; mix well. Add the flour and salt and mix on low speed until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread the cookie dough on top of the caramel layer, using a spatula to smooth the dough into an even layer. Refrigerate the pan while you prepare the glaze.

5. Make the Chocolate Glaze: In a small bowl, combine the chocolate and butter and microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted and smooth. Spread the glaze over the cookie dough layer and chill until set, about 30 minutes.

6. To remove the bars from the pan, grasp the edges of the parchment paper and lift out the entire block. Place on a cutting board and use a large sharp knife to cut into 2-inch squares. Stored in an airtight container, bars will keep for up to 3 days.

(Recipe adapted from The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook)

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  3. Shelly L. on June 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Always have (eaten raw cookie dough). Always will!

  4. Sam G on June 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

    How can you not eat cookie dough?

  5. Kaitlin on June 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Yes! I don’t think it would be possible for me to make cookies without at least a bite of the dough!

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  7. Pat on June 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

    YES! I make the dough just to eat it!!

  8. Jeannie on June 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

    We”ll eat a whole batch before it all gets baked!

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  11. Stacey B. on June 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Yes, I love cookie dough especially when it is semi frozen.

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  15. Courtney on June 4, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I try not to, but every once in awhile, I do.

  16. leslie pankey on June 4, 2012 at 10:04 am

    yes, Yes, YES!!!

  17. txcookiemomster on June 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of raw cookie dough…

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  25. Rachael on June 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Heck yes I do! But I don’t love it as obsessively as my sister does (she likes all things uncooked/under-baked)–she would flip if I won this and made some delicious cookie dough treats for her :-)

  26. anna on June 4, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Who doesn’t eat raw cookie dough? If they don’t…they’re lying! Hahaha

  27. christine on June 4, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Salmonella Shalmonella. Give me some cookie dough any day!

  28. Carrie R on June 4, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Yes! Always! I don’t eat a ton of it. Maybe a couple of spoonfuls, so I don’t worry too much about getting food poisoning from it. ;)

  29. Julie on June 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Of course I eat raw cookie dough! I even have some friends so hooked that when they come over for dinner, I know that dessert will be a big bowl of raw cookie dough (no eggs) plopped in the middle of the table with enough spoons for all. What a great way to hang out!

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  34. rachael on June 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

    of course i eat raw cookie dough! yumy!

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  38. Michele (also a brown eyed baker) on June 4, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I ABSOLUTELY agree that Cookie Dough Batter is better than the cookies themselves! It’s a wonder that I even end up with cookies!

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    Of course I eat cookie dough. I especially love it dipped in milk.

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  46. Lyn on June 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

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  47. Rebecca Howie on June 4, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Yes, always eat the cookie dough, at least one spoonful…

  48. Nicky D on June 4, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I love to do this, I know it is bad for you but I do love to eat raw cookie dough.. :)

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  53. Miranda C. on June 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

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  57. Mi Vida en un Dulce on June 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I’m not so fan to eat raw cookie dough, but ask to my daughter, she sloves it, each time I make cookies she is just behind me looking for a chance to eat it.

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  61. Paula on June 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Absolutely! Sometimes that is the only reason I make cookies—to eat the dough!

  62. Christina Seay on June 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Of course! Being a true child of a southern heritage, I eaten undercooked and potentially dangerous eggs all my life, from eggs fried over easy in bacon grease to eaten cake batter straight from the bowl.

  63. Mandi on June 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I absolutely eat cooking dough! Only time I didn’t was when I was pregnant.. and it was so difficult! LOL

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      *cookie – dumb auto correct on my phone!

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  66. Hayley on June 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I LOVE raw cookie dough and have been known to whip up a bowl, sit on the couch and eat till my hearts content. It’s amazing I haven’t gotten salmonella yet….knock on wood!

  67. ariana on June 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

    YES I eat raw cookie dough…yes I know raw eggs are not great for you…yes I continue to eat raw cookie dough!

  68. Shelby N. on June 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Yes…and I want some right now!

  69. Jenn on June 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Duh ……. isn’t that the best way to eat cookies? YES OF COURSE I do!!

    I mean you make the dough and you eat it …. no having to wait for the cookies to bake, and then cool …. just pure yumminess!

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  76. Patricia Adams on June 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

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  85. Jessica on June 4, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Yes! I love eating cookie dough! I usually set some aside for me and whoever is helping me bake so that we can enjoy the dough while the cookies are baking!

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  87. Regina on June 4, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I’ve made a batch of cookie dough just for eating, as in not ever meant to be baked. :)

  88. Brianna on June 4, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I will eat raw cookie dough if there are no raw eggs. I have a friend who got really sick after eating raw cookie dough, and that is more than enough motivation to keep my fingers out of the bowl :)

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  91. Melissa @ Treats With a Twist on June 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Yes, I eat raw cookie dough!

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  93. melissa on June 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Yes. Sometimes I just make the cookie dough for snacking throughout the week. It is dangerous, and I love the thrill!

  94. Debbie on June 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Yes I do. I can’t help myself!

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  96. Tracey on June 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

    These look amazing!! Raw cookie dough is so much better to me than the cookies, so yes, I definitely eat it :)

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  98. Michelle on June 4, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Yes, definitely!

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  100. shaunna on June 4, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I eat raw cookie dough all the time :)

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