This deliciously easy Scottish Millionaires Shortbread recipe is a new addition to my holiday baking. It’s a triple-decker combo of buttery shortbread, a sweet caramel made with sweetened condensed milk, and decadent chocolate. It’s already a favorite!
Although there are three layers, this decadent Millionaires Shortbread cookie is incredibly easy to make and so decadently delicious, you’ll instantly know why they’re so popular in Europe.
This recipe has Scottish origins. And here’s why.
My niece recently returned from a long trip to Europe where she spent time all over the UK. When I asked what her favorite food was, without hesitation, she replied, “Millionaire Shortbread and Victoria Spongecake.”
I agreed with her regarding the Victoria Spongecake. But my interest was pricked by Millionaires Shortbread. While I make boxes and tins full of shortbread every year, I’d never had Millionaires Shortbread. And after a, “Can you make these for Christmas?” I was on a quest to find and make the best European style possible.
So Julia, I hope these bring back wonderful memories!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! These cookies make fabulous holiday gifts and freeze incredibly well. I know — my guys found them in the freezer and I’ve had to remake them several times.
I find this method very helpful.
The simple answer is that Billionaires Shortbread is a salted caramel upgrade! Feel free to experiment with this recipe.
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Scottish Millionaires Shortbread
For the Shortbread
- 1/2 cup butter melted (1 stick)
- 1/2 cup butter softened (1 stick)
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Caramel Filling:
- 2 14-ounce cans of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
For the Chocolate Layer
- 2 cups chocolate chips or shavings melted
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 13×9-inch baking pan with foil. Set aside.
- To make the shortbreadMix the melted and softened butter together with the flour, granulated sugar, and salt until it forms a dough. Press the dough into the prepared, foil-lined baking sheet. Prick the unbaked shortbread with the tines of a fork, about an inch apart. Bake the shortbread layer for 20 minutes or until it feels dry to the touch and is very lightly browned. Set aside to cool completely.
- To make the caramel fillingInto a medium-size saucepan add the sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, and butter; bring to a boil, stirring constantly so that the sugar will dissolve. Reduce the heat to a simmer, stir continuously for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the caramel has thickened slightly. Pour over the shortbread; cool completely. I like to place it in the refrigerator to quicken the process.
- For the chocolate toppingOnce the caramel is cool and set, melt the chocolate in a double broiler or bain-marie over barely simmering water. Once the chocolate becomes shiny, remove from the heat and stir until completely melted. Pour the chocolate over the cold caramel and leave to cool.
- Remove the foil and cut into squares or bars and dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired.
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