Scottish Chocolate-Caramel Covered Shortbread

Millionaire’s Shortbread is also known as caramel shortbread, caramel shortcake, caramel squares, caramel slice, or millionaire’s slice. It is a confection made with layers of a high-fat, unleavened sweetbread, caramelized condensed milk, and dark chocolate. It gets its texture from large amounts of butter. The heated condensed milk gives it a creamy caramel filling, and quality baking chocolate is essential for a soft, rich topping. The treat is prepared in stages, with the bread being baked first, followed by the caramel and then the chocolate. Shortbread evolved from earliest recipes in Elizabethan-era Scotland to its decadent toppings being added in the 19th century.

Scottish Millionaires’ Shortcake

If you have something so simple and magnificent like Scottish Shortbread cookies, why not take it even further and create something special worthy of a millionaire. Layers of caramel and chocolate over shortbread does just that.
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Course: Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British, Scotland
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 16
Author: My Hungry Traveler

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Instructions

  • Make shortbread recipe without knife lines. Let cool in pan.
  • Make Caramel – In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook condensed milk, butter, golden syrup, brown sugar, and salt. Once everything is melted, cook another 5-6 minutes, stirring constantly, until it has thickened and turned golden. When an instant read thermometer reads 225°F (125°C), remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Pour caramel over shortbread and smooth it out with the back of a spoon. Let it cool completely.
  • Heat the chocolate in the microwave until completely melted. Scrape all of melted chocolate over hardened caramel and smooth it evenly. Put in the refrigerator for a while to cool. Remove from refrigerator and allow to warm to room temperature. Slice into squares and serve at room temperature.

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