are made with 5 glorious layers of RICH and DECADENT sugary favorites! Shortbread, brownie, caramel, chocolate, and peanut butter frosting combine for the ultimate dessert bar! Everyone will be begging you for the recipe!

These Billionaire Bars need to happen ASAP! Like legit, you need to go make them right now, they are THAT good!

You might have noticed its been a little quiet around here the last few days. Ive only posted aboutWhat to Do in Napasince I shared myMocha Nut Coffee Cakelast Thursday, which you regulars know is a little unlike me.

Usually, I try to give you guys a new post each day, but sometimes life happens, right? My absence has been for a few reasons:

A large client project that wasnt blog related.

Family time I hadnt seen my inlaws since New Years Day and I hadnt seen my mother in over a month.

was released, and yes, Matt and I already finished it!

Im trying not to work 14 hour days anymore.

In order to get myself out of my funk, Im doing two things. Im taking an impromptu trip to Puerto Rico next week with my friend, Rachael airfare is soooo cheap out ofBostonright now!

And Im kicking off a new series here on the blog! You guys know I love myFood & Fictionposts where I develop recipes inspired by my favorite books, shows, and movies. But for the next two weeks, Im taking things one step further!

The Oscars are on February 28th, and you might remember just how muchI love filmand that the Oscars are pretty much mine and Matts Super Bowl!

So between now and the ceremony, Im going to bring you 8 glorious recipes inspired by the Best Picture nominations, starting with these Billionaire Bars inspired byThe Big Short!

We sawThe Big Shortlast month, its about a handful of men in the world of high-finance that predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

With a star-studded cast, some great cinematography, and a decent screenplay this movie about an insanely boring (and slightly sore) subject was actually pretty entertaining.

The best way for me to describe this film is that it was kind of a breath of fresh air. The feature film/documentary approach gave it a unique cinematic mix that was both enlightening and fun. I can see why its getting Oscar buzz, but dont think it will win.

But back to these bars! Most everyone has heard of Millionaire or Million Dollar Bars, theyre basically a homemade Twix with layers of shortbread cookie, caramel, and chocolate. Ive decided to crank that up a notch and add in two extra layers to make these Billionaire Bars!

A layer of brownie and a layer of peanut butter frosting make these the most heavenly thing to come out of my kitchen sinceThe Croissookie!

Matt and I joked that the Billionaire title really comes from the fact that theres probably about a billion calories in one pan of these babies, and though its not that extreme, there is a whole pound of butter in them! But theyre worth EVERY calorie!

These Billionaire Bars are made with 5 glorious layers of RICH and DECADENT sugary favorites! Shortbread, brownie, caramel, chocolate, and peanut butter frosting combine for the ultimate dessert bar!

Additional ingredients required on back of box

Line a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil and set aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar, add in remaining ingredients and beating slowly at first then increasing to medium-high speed for 3 to 4 minutes until dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl and is no longer crumbly.

Press dough evenly into the prepared baking dish and set aside.

Mix brownie ingredients together according to package instructions and pour over the shortbread dough, spreading out evenly. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

When the cookie/brownie is about 10 minutes from being done, add the caramels and the heavy cream to a small saucepan and melt over medium heat, stirring constantly until candies are completely melted.

Remove the cookie/brownie from the oven when ready and pour the caramel sauce evenly over the brownie layer. Chill in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours until caramel is stiff to the touch.

Once caramel layer has set, add chocolate chips and butter to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30-second intervals until melted, stirring between each one. It usually takes 1 minute. Quickly pour over the caramel and use the back of a spoon to spread out in an even layer. Because the caramel is cold the chocolate will stiffen fast, so your need to work fast here.

Make a half batch of myBest Peanut Butter Buttercreamand evenly spread it out over the top of the hardened chocolate layer. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles.

Gently lift the bars out of the pan by gripping the aluminum foil, I recommend picking one side of the bars to lift up while sliding the baking dish in the opposite direction so your bars are always close to the counter.

Use a sharp knife to cut into squares for serving.

A stand mixer with a paddle attachment is necessary for the shortbread dough or it may never come together.

Filed Under:BrowniesChocolateCookiesDessertFood and FictionPeanut ButterRecipesTagged With:billionaire barscaramel recipesdessert recipesmillionaire barsmovie inspired recipesoscar partyoscar party recipespeanut butter recipesshortbread recipesthe big short

I love to blend my traditional Maine roots and millennial imagination. I have a serious sweet tooth, an Audible addiction, and Im always up for exploring new places!

What size brownie mix, for 913 or the 88/99? Want to make these for Mothers Day!

Hi Cindy, in my experience the boxed brownie mixes can make both, but youll be baking these in a 913 inch pan on top of the shortbread as the recipe says. I hope you enjoy them and that makes sense.

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