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!

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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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  1. Jennifer on June 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I used to love raw cookie dough but then went through a period while I was having babies that it just grossed me out…my youngest is now 3 and the last time I made cookies, I did indeed, eat some raw cookie dough. :)

  2. Donna on June 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I eat raw cookie dough! It’s just as yummy raw as it is baked!

  3. Pauline on June 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I would like to say that I don’t… But I definitely eat raw cookie dough when I’m feeling particularly unhealthy, haha.

  4. Laura on June 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Heck yeah! Love raw cookie dough.

  5. Jennifer on June 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I already subscribe to your e-mails.

  6. Mia on June 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Yes, I eat raw cookie dough! (Duh!) I also ate about half a pancake worth of the batter from your Best Buttermilk Pancakes recipe yesterday morning. :-/

  7. Jennifer on June 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I already follow you on Pinterest.

  8. Angie from Texas on June 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    “Do you eat raw cookie dough?”

    YES! My husband too!

  9. Donna on June 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I follow you on pinterest.

  10. Jennifer on June 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I follow you on twitter.

  11. Mia on June 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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    I’m a facebook fan!

  13. Jennifer on June 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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  19. Saya on June 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I may be strange, but no I don’t eat raw cookie dough.

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  24. cam on June 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    raw cookie dough rules! i eat it with abandon.

  25. Jocelyn on June 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    No!

  26. Chelsea@Chelsea Is Dishing Up on June 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Yep…..Every time I make a batch!

  27. joan on June 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Not only do I eat CCC dough, I am ADDICTED to it! It’s a real problem……
    I have already pre-ordered the book from Amazon, so, if you pull my #, pull another one and give it to that person. I couldn’t figure out how to follow you on pinterest. Do you have to be a member? I didn’t see a “follow me on Pinterest button” on your site. Love your blog. Read it every day (except Sunday ).

  28. Jocelyn on June 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I just became a fan on Facebook! I love your blog. I subscribe by email! Thank you! This book looks wonderful!

  29. Carol Meyer on June 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I get your emails,I follow you on facebook and my Google reader.I do not want to miss anything,I have you on my pinterest site and always posting your recipes so everyone can enjoy them as much as myself. And yes we all eat cookie dough, love it. Can’t wait to make the cookie dough dip.

  30. Kaitlyn on June 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    yes! Sometimes the cookies don’t even make it to the oven..

  31. Kaitlyn on June 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I am subscribed via email also

  32. Rena on June 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    YES! But now that Im pregnant I need to try the egg-free version :)

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  36. Karisty on June 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I totally eat the cookie dough. Sometimes I never actually bake it into cookies I just keep it in the fridge or freezer and snack on the dough.

  37. Michelle on June 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Raw cookie dough is delicious, and worth living on the edge!

  38. Becky H on June 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Always sneek a few spoonfuls, just can’t help myself!

  39. Julie @BananasForBourbon on June 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I fear no raw eggs! I eat raw dough, mayo, runny yolks,etc.!

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    I subscribe to BEB

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  42. Carrie on June 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I eat raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and I’m proud of it!

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  48. Karen B on June 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I absolutely love raw cookie dough. In fact I eat more cookie dough than I do the cookies.

  49. Squirreletta on June 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    It depends on the dough. I like cake batter better.

    I follow you on Facebook.

  50. sandy lasher on June 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Yes, I eat raw cookie dough, we use to have a cookie shop that sold cookie dough in a cone!!

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