Jessie Oleson

Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread

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December 4th, 2012

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Millionaire’s shortbread pretty much rules. I mean, it’s shortbread, already buttery bliss all by itself, rendered awesomer by topping it with caramel and chocolate for what amounts to a triple-threat of delicious. It makes for a treat so rich you can kind of see where it gets its name.

But of course, with inflation being what it is, why stop at a million when you can have a billion? And so I present Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread, wherein two types of peanut butter is added to it and its awesome quotient is upped exponentially.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
Total time: 2 hours
Yield: 36 bite-sized portions

Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread


Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread Ingredients - Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator peanut butter

For the shortbread layer
1 1/2 cups cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
3 tablespoons Smooth Operator peanut butter

For the middle layer
1/2 cup Smooth Operator peanut butter
10 ounces thick caramel sauce or Cajeta (Mexican Milk Caramel)

For the top layer
1 big bar (4 ounces) dark chocolate (I used Ghirardelli 60% dark)
1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter


1. Preheat the oven to 300°F

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the 3 tablespoons of peanut butter and mix only until incorporated. Add the flour last, mixing only until you can clump the dough together to form a ball.

Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread - cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy

3. Press this sandy shortbread mixture into a 9-inch square pan that has been greased and the bottom lined with parchment paper; smooth it with either your hands or a spatula. Pierce it with a fork.

Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread - Press this sandy shortbread mixture into a 9-inch square pan

4. Bake for 30-40 minutes until it is pale golden and has a dull finish on top.

Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread - Bake for 30-40 minutes

5. Melt 1/2 cup of Smooth Operator peanut butter so that it is pourable. Pour on top of the shortbread layer, and gently spread over the peanut butter layer.

Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread - Melt 1/2 cup of Smooth Operator peanut butter so that it is pourable

6. In a deep microwave safe bowl, or over the stovetop, gently heat your caramel or cajeta until it is pourable but still thick. Pour evenly over the shortbread in a zigzag pattern, so that you can easily spread it to cover the peanut butter without disturbing the even coverage over the shortbread. If these two caramel and peanut butter layers mingle a bit, don’t worry; it still tastes great. Just take care not to bring up pieces of the shortbread, because it will make your final product look messy.

Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread - Pour evenly over the shortbread in a zigzag pattern

7. Prepare the top layer. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt it along with the Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter in a saucepan over low heat. Pour and spread it over the caramel mixture. Once set, cut the caramel shortbread into pieces. These pieces can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread - Pour and spread it over the caramel mixture

Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread - Once set, cut the caramel shortbread into pieces

Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread

Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread


In this recipe Jessie turns millionaire’s shortbread into billionaire’s shortbread by adding peanut butter. She uses regular Smooth Operator peanut butter swirled with caramel for one of the layers. Which other Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter flavor would you use in this recipe?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of Smooth Operator, the peanut butter used in this recipe!


– The giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, December 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.
– One entry per person.
– Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator and notified via the contact email provided on the comment form.
– Winner(s) will have until 12/13/12 to claim their prize or we will choose another winner.
– Winner will win one 16oz jar of Smooth Operator ($6 value). Product will be shipped by Peanut Butter & Co.
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47 Responses to Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread

  1. Jordan V says:

    White Chocolate Wonderful!

  2. Milly says:

    I love Peanut butter treats. I think that I may tackle this recipe at home.

  3. alessandra pedergnana says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams =)

  4. Christine Cavallo says:

    Definitely crunch time

  5. Christina says:

    Oh, I’ve been dying to try Peanut Butter & Co.! I would try Crunch Time in this recipe. :)

  6. karen thomas says:

    Dark chocolate, you can never have to much!!

  7. Alana says:

    White Chocolate Wonderful!

  8. Jessica K says:

    The Bees Knees

  9. Brittany @ Barr & Table says:

    I would use the Mighty Maple!

  10. Ann H says:

    The Bees Knees – caramel, honey & peanut butter is so yummy together!

  11. Alex M says:

    Use some crunchtime!

  12. Katie says:

    Crunch time, for sure! Though, I’d like to try it with the heat is on… Might take on a little Mexican Chocolate twist! :)

  13. what katie's baking says:

    white chocolate wonderful, definitely!

  14. Gloria Wislon says:

    Crunch time

  15. Hannah says:

    The Bees Knees!

  16. Amanda says:

    White Chocolate Wonderful!!

  17. Erin R. says:

    Oh, my goodness. Goodness. I think she is right on the money with the Dark Chocolate Dreams.

  18. elizabeth says:

    Either Crunch Time or White Chocolate Wonderful.

  19. Becky wilson says:

    Crunchy time. the crunchier the better

  20. Makayla Weil says:

    Mighty Maple! My favorite PB Co flavor :) The sweet maple flavor would blend perfectly with the rich, buttery shortbread! Mmmm…..

  21. Francisco says:

    Mighty Maple…and bacon bits. Is that overdoing it?

  22. gaby says:

    cinnamon raisin and then a layer of fig jam and crumble topping!

  23. Evelyn Wilson says:

    dark chocolate dreams

  24. Amanda says:

    Mighty Maple…hello sugar coma!

  25. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    I would use white chocolate wonderful in the shortbread layer!

  26. Margarita ( says:

    White Chocolate Wonderful would be a great addition. Maybe mix it up with some marshmallows and mix into the shortbread layer? Hmm.. I know what I’m doing later.

  27. Katie M says:

    Half & half of bees knees & crunch time in the middle layer sounds delish to me!

  28. Josephine Jones says:

    White chocolate wonderful! :)

  29. Josephine Jones says:

    White chocolate wonderful!

  30. The Ninja Baker says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams.

    P.s. Choosing just one was a bit of a challenge =)

  31. Didi R says:

    Definitely Bee’s Knees! Yum City!

  32. Amy Drown says:

    White Chocolate Wonderful

  33. Dana S. says:

    Crunch Time!

  34. Jordan says:

    Cinnamon Raisin Swirl!

  35. Deborah says:

    Geeez, those look great ! ! I’d have to go with White Chocolate Wonderful.

  36. Deb Maldeney says:

    Mighty Maple — can’t go wrong with maple anything.

  37. Brenda says:

    I prefer white to dark when it comes to chocolate, so I would use White Chocolate Wonderful and use white chocolate for the top layer as well! Yum!

  38. Sheila Thomas says:

    The Bees Knees is my favorite, love it on apples – but I will be making this Shortbread tomorrow! Yum!

  39. Jen C. says:

    I would use Crunch Time in this recipe.

  40. LaDonna opkins says:

    I love Peanut Butter and shortbread !! I can’t wait to make this !!!!!!!

  41. nik says:

    I’d definitely try this with The Heat is On, just cuz I love spicy! Crunch Time and Mighty Maple would be fabulous too! Many thanks for sharing the recipe!

  42. Rose says:

    Crunch time would be great…I love crunchy pb treats!

  43. Holly Ellerton says:

    I would try it with Mighty maple and the old fashioned crunchy….

  44. Megan Steffel says:

    Definitely Mighty Maple! That one would make a WONDERFUL texture in this sweet dessert!

    A little maple would give it a nice flavor, too!

    Thank you for the opportunity, PB & CO!

  45. Jennifer says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams! YUM!!

  46. says:

    Crunch Time to add more texture

  47. Rebecca says:

    I wouldn’t change a thing, really. But, If I have to make a suggestion, useing Mighty Maple in the shortbread and caramel layer would be pretty good.

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