Millionaire's Shortbread

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
15 min
30 min
30 min

2 dozen

  • Shortbread:
  • 2 sticks butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for preparing pans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for preparing pans
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Caramel Layer:
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Chocolate Topping:
  • 3/4 pound good-quality milk chocolate

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter 2 (8-inch) square nonstick pans and coat with flour, tapping off excess. Place the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse once. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles peas. Press the shortbread mixture into prepared pans and bake until golden brown around the edges, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Caramel Layer:

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the condensed milk and 2 tablespoons of butter. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil, stirring continuously. Continue stirring over the heat until mixture becomes thick and amber in color, about 15 minutes. Pour the caramel over the cooked shortbread and spread evenly using an offset spatula. Cool to room temperature.

Chocolate Topping:

In a glass bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate. Once chocolate has melted, pour it over the cooled caramel layer. Cool at room temperature for about 10 minutes, and then place in the refrigerator to cool completely, allowing chocolate to slightly harden but not get hard. Cut into 2-inch squares and enjoy, or store in an airtight container, at room temperature, or my favorite - keep in the refrigerator for a yummy sweet and cool treat!

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I have made this twice. The first time, I followed the recipe exactly. The second time, I added a good amount of sea salt to the caramel layer and extra salt to the shortbread. I also added vanilla to both layers and I used dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, The changes were a vast,improvement. It's still sweet, but it's meant to be. And salted caramel makes everything tasted better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good but not great. If I ever make them again, I'll make some changes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fairly easy to make. The recipe calls for a heavy bottom pan for the caramel, therefore use one. It takes 15-20 min on med heat stirring constantly. Disappointed with the shortbread base - too sugary but was firm enough to hold the gooey caramel layer. The caramel itself is just too sweet. I would try a different caramel recipe next time. Cut it soon or it WILL get too hard. Came out of the pan just fine. My overall rating is 2/5. Much too sweet. Husband and I could only handle a little 2inch square piece. I will be giving the rest away. item not reviewed by moderator and published
All my friends loved it item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful! I did the dulce de leche (caramel in a pan filled with boiling water for 3 hours item not reviewed by moderator and published
Are you kidding me? I swore when I taste tested these, that is how good they are. This is a winner. It is a little bit of a lengthy process, but not difficult. This is my husband's father's day treat, I am going to bed so I don't eat any more of them. Make them. P.S. I did the dulce de leche (caramel in the crock pot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love the ease and flavours of the cookies. They are very rich and a little goes a long way. What I didn't like was how difficult it was to cut into bars after letting the chocolate cool in the fridge. Next time I will try cutting before chilling. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These tasted good, but they were so hard I could barely cut them. My kids threw the carmel part away and ate the cookie bottom and chocolate top. They said the carmel was just too chewy. If I make them again I think I'll take "creativecuts129's" advice and use the dulce de leche by Nestle. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought these were awesome and I found nestle makes this dulce de leche in the can so you don't even need to make the caramel even better so easy everyone loved them thanks Claire item not reviewed by moderator and published

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