Millionaire Shortbread


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This Millionaire Shortbread is a rich holiday treat, made with a shortbread base, rich caramel filling, and topped with dark chocolate!

Millionaire Shortbread is an easy cookie bar that usually pops up around the holidays, but it’s a treat we enjoy year-round! With rich salted caramel, crunchy shortbread, and dark chocolate, they are rich but they’re worth every indulgent bite.

Millionaire shortbread overhead with half cut into squares

It’s that time of year when many get the urge to head to the kitchen and whip up their favorite cookies and Christmas treats. Millionaire Shortbread bars need to be on your baking list!

I love making a few cookie bars with my holiday baking because, with a little prep, you can get a lot of squares to add to your holiday baking trays or boxes to share with neighbors and family.

Some of our other favorite bars are Nanaimo Bars, Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars, and Scotcheroos!

How to Make Millionaire Shortbread

  1. Make the crust: combine the butter, sugar, and flour until crumbly.
  2. Press into pan and bake until lightly golden or dried on top.
  3. Combine the caramel ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  4. Pour over the crust and let set completely before adding chocolate.
  5. Melt chocolate with butter then pour over the caramel and chill to set.

crumbly crust mixture ready to go in pan

Variations on Millionaire Shortbread

  • Swap a couple tablespoons of flour in the shortbread base for cocoa powder for a chocolatey twist!
  • After the caramel has boiled, stir in coconut, rum, or almond extract for an extra hit of flavor.
  • Sprinkle chopped nuts, dried cranberries, or raisins on the crust before pouring in the caramel
  • Swap the dark chocolate for milk or white, or add a drizzle to the top after the topping sets.

ingredients for caramel layer in stainless steel pan

How to Store Shortbread

This Millionaire Shortbread is best stored in the refrigerator or freezer. It can be refrigerated in an airtight container for one week or frozen for up to 3 months.

I like to make a batch and keep it in the freezer so that I have some ready whenever I want to take a box of goodies to a friend in need!

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Review Recipe

Millionaire Shortbread

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 36 squares
Author Ashley Fehr
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
This Millionaire Shortbread is made with a shortbread base, rich caramel filling and topped with dark chocolate!

Equipment

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
Caramel:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 1 can
  • 4 tablespoons corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Chocolate Ganache:
  • 1 ½ cups chopped dark chocolate or chips
  • cup cream any kind
  • flaked sea salt optiona garnish

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9x13" pan with parchment paper or grease lightly.
Crust
  • Combine flour, butter, and sugar with a mixer or pastry cutter until crumbly. Press firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Bake 12 minutes or until slightly puffed and dry. Remove from oven and let cool while you prepare the caramel.
Caramel
  • Combine butter, sugar, sweetened condensed milk, and corn syrup in a large saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it comes to a boil, watching carefully and stirring continually.
  • Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in salt and pour over the crust. Let chill completely in the refrigerator before adding the chocolate.
Ganache
  • Place chocolate and cream in a small pot over low heat. Stir constantly until melted and pour over firm caramel layer and spread evenly. Optional: sprinkle with flaked sea salt.
  • Chill in the refrigerator until chocolate layer is set before slicing.

Recipe Notes

Squares can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 240, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 88mg, Potassium: 109mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 377IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 65mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Ashley is a high school teacher turned food blogger and a mother of 3 beautiful girls. She loves to get creative in the kitchen and doesn’t always like to follow The Rules. Ashley shares a combo of healthier main dishes, baked goods and decadent desserts and believes in enjoying all the foods you love in moderation (and sometimes without ;) ).

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