Scottish Millionaire's Shortbread

Scottish Millionaire’s Shortbread. Rich and decadent dessert bars layered with a buttery and crumbly shortbread crust, a rich caramel, and a silky smooth chocolate ganache. Finally, it’s sprinkled with flakey sea salt for a little something extra.

For our eighth episode from our “Around the World Series,” we are traveling to Scotland by making these classic Scottish Millionaires Shortbread! They are also known as Caramel Squares, Millionaire’s Bars, Caramel Shortcake, or Caramel Slices.

Why is it Called Millionaire's Shortbread?

The name “millionaire’s shortbread” seems to have come from Scotland as early as the 19th century. The “millionaire’s” to millionaire’s shortbread means added decadence to the dessert, which is an upgrade from regular shortbread.

So there are three main parts to this recipe. The shortbread, the caramel, and the chocolate ganache. The shortbread is pretty straightforward. Just make the dough and bake it in a lined baking pan. Next, make the caramel in a saucepan. Pur the hot caramel over the shortbread, and chill. Lastly, make the ganache with just chocolate and cream, pour, and chill until firm.

We cut our bars pretty big, but one thing that we like doing is to cut them into 36 pieces. They are so decadent so these bite sized pieces are the perfect amount. Plus, they are super cute.

As always, we hope you guys love this recipe. And if you try it, be sure to let us know in the comments down below and tag us on our Instagram because we love seeing what you make! -Aubrey and Tara

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Scottish Millionaire’s Shortbread​


Description

Scottish Millionaire’s Shortbread. Rich and decadent dessert bars layered with a buttery and crumbly shortbread crust, a rich caramel, and a silky smooth chocolate ganache. Finally, it’s sprinkled with flakey sea salt for a little something extra.


Ingredients

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For Shortbread Crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg yolk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. salt

Caramel:

1, 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup corn syrup

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. salt

Chocolate Ganache:

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup heavy cream

sea salt (for sprinkling on top)


Instructions

  • Prep Time: 10 mins.
  • Chilling Time: 1 hr.
  • Cook Time: 35 mins.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Scottish

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 500

Keywords: millionare's shortbread, bars, scottish recipes, shortbread