Shortcut Millionaire Cookie Bars

Delicious Shortcut Millionaire Cookie Bars have all the delicious buttery shortbread, creamy caramel and rich chocolate flavors that you look forward to in a millionaire bar but without all the hassle. Better make a double batch ’cause who wouldn’t want these for Christmas?

Shortcut Millionaire Cookie Bars | 2 Cookin Mamas Delicious Shortcut Millionaire Cookie Bars have all that delicious buttery shortbread, creamy caramel and rich chocolate flavors that you look forward to in a millionaire bar but without all the hassle. #cookies #christmascookies #recipe #chocolate #caramel #shortbread

I’m in full holiday bake mode now that Thanksgiving is over and the first cookies of the season are for a special cause. Each year I have joined my fellow food bloggers to participate in the The Sweetest Season fundraiser. It is like a virtual Christmas Cookie Bake Sale to raise money for battling pediatric cancer. We have each donated to this cause and feel like we are making our own holidays a little brighter by helping to find a cure for this terrible disease. All our donations and any you would like to make will go towards Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. The link for a donation can be found here.

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I’ve made some interesting cookies for this event in the past, like Salted Chocolate Caramel Cookies, Mint Chip Cookies and Chocolate Chip Macaroons. Today I thought about bringing you the popular Millionaire Cookie Bars but with a twist. These, for the most part, use packaged ingredients, a microwave and a little sea salt. That’s it! Sound good?

Shortcut Millionaire Cookie Bars shortbread prep 1 | 2 Cookin Mamas

How easy is it? First make the shortbread dough, which has to be the easiest cookie dough around, ’cause it only takes 4 ingredients. Use a high quality butter since that is where most of the flavor comes from, brown sugar, flour and vanilla extract. Pat into pan and bake.

Shortcut Millionaire Cookie Bars baked shortbread | 2 Cookin Mamas

Perfect! Let it cool. Next melt the caramels in a microwave safe dish with a little heavy cream. Pour over shortbread. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Shortcut Millionaire Cookie Bars caramel layer | 2 Cookin Mamas

Melt some good dark chocolate, or you can use semi-sweet chocolate chips, with a little cream and pour over cooled caramel. Done and done.

Shortcut Millionaire Cookie Bars chocolate layer | 2 Cookin Mamas

Let cool and cut into squares. It’s like a cookie and candy bar in one. Believe me, they’ll be the hit of your cookie tray!

Shortcut Millionaire Cookie Bars closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas

How about a bite? Ohhhh, that’s so good! I have to make several batches since I usually include these in my cookie boxes for gifts to the neighbors and like to have some at home for when the family arrives. They’re ooey, gooey delicious and a cinch to make. That’s a win-win for the holidays!

Shortcut Millionaire Cookie Bars bite | 2 Cookin Mamas

Hope this makes your season a little sweeter! Enjoy!

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Shortcut Millionaire Cookie Bars have all the buttery shortbread, creamy caramel & rich chocolate you expect from millionaire bars but without the hassle.
Servings: 36 cookie bars
Author: Linda Warren
Shortbread layer
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup 2 sticks cold butter (use premium for any shortbread cookie)
  • 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
Caramel layer
  • 2 cups or about 2 11-oz packages caramels
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
Chocolate layer
  • 12 oz dark chocolate (I like to use Ghiradelli 72% cocoa bars)
  • 6 Tablespoons heavy cream
Shortbread layer
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper to cover the bottom and come up the sides of the baking dish to make it easier to lift out after it has been cooked. Butter the parchment paper as well.
  2. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, stir together flour and sugar. Add butter and vanilla extract and beat until it begins to resemble dough. I like to mix it well and then squeeze it with my hands until it is well blended and sticks together.
  3. Pat into a flat layer in the bottom of the baking pan.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes, rotating ¼ turn halfway through cooking time. Remove and let cool on wire rack.
Caramel layer
  1. In a large microwave-proof measuring cup or bowl, heat caramels and cream in 30-second increments, stirring between each increment, until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. It takes about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Pour over shortbread.
  3. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until caramel has set.
Chocolate layer
  1. In a large microwave-proof measuring cup or bowl, mix chocolate and cream together and heat in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each increment, until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth. It takes about 1-1/2 minutes.
  2. Pour over caramel layer.
  3. Let cool.
  4. Use parchment paper to lift cookies out of pan and onto a cutting board. Immediately cut into 1-1/2" x 2" bars with a very sharp knife. Store in refrigerator.

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  • Reply
    Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
    12/01/2017 at 4:57 pm

    YUMMM! Yes please! These cookie bars look SO good!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/02/2017 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks Madison! I remember getting my first batch from a neighbor and I was lucky to get one before the family gobbled them all up. Now it’s a family favorite.

  • Reply
    12/02/2017 at 8:58 pm

    What a FABULOUS combination! I love a good Millionaire Bar, and I love that you made these a little easier for those of us who don’t have a ton of time. There are totally on my seasonal to-make list now!

    It has been so much fun seeing everyone bring a cookie to the mix and help raise awareness and money and spread holiday cheer this week. 🙂 Thank you, thank you, thank you for participating in this year’s Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange!

  • Reply
    12/10/2017 at 9:45 am

    These look absolutely fantastic. I always burn caramel, so the use of wrapped caramels for the caramel layer also makes me think I can do this!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/12/2017 at 5:17 pm

      You can do it! The wrapped caramels really make it easy. I hope you give it a try – they are soooo delicious!

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