Millionaire's shortbread

(126 ratings)
Millionaire's shortbread recipe
Millionaire's shortbread recipe
  • Serves: 8 +

  • Prep time:

  • Cooking time:

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    (plus cooling and setting time)
  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

This delicious caramel millionaire's shortbread is super-easy to make. The secret? A jar of dulce de leche for the filling - naughty but very nice! This classic tray bake is just the kind of recipe we think everyone should be able to whip up on a grey day. The layers of sweet caramel, buttery shortbread and rich chocolate are a match made in heaven and make millionaire's shortbread one of those incredibly moreish treats. This lovely method for a millionaire's shortbread keeps prep to a minimum so you have time to put your feet up and enjoy a slice, rather than having to fuss over the boiling points of caramel and other such thins. Our recipe for millionaire's shortbread serves over eight people, so it's perfect for a party or an afternoon tea.


  • 150g (5oz) butter
  • 75g (3oz) caster sugar
  • 225g (8oz) plain flour
  • 450g jar dulce de leche (milk caramel, which you'll find in the baking aisle)
  • 250g (9oz) dark or milk chocolate, melted
You'll also need:

23cm x 33cm (9in x 13in) baking tin

The shortbread can be enjoyed without the sauce and chocolate - just mark out the portions and sprinkle with a little sugar before baking.


  1. Beat the butter and the sugar together until pale and creamy. Sift in the flour and beat until combined (if using a food processor, whiz the ingredients until they're just combined).
  2. Tip the mixture into a baking tin. Press lightly into the tin and prick all over with a fork. Bake for 30-35 mins at 180C, 350F or gas 4 until it turns a pale biscuit colour. Cool in the tin, making it easier to pour over the caramel sauce later.
  3. Heat the jar of dulce de leche for 1 min in the microwave (or pour into a pan and heat gently, so it pours more easily). Pour on top of the shortbread in the tin and smooth with a spatula. Allow to set in the fridge, then pour the melted chocolate over the top. Smooth with a palette knife and put back in the fridge to set completely.
  4. To store, cut into squares and keep your millionaire's shortbread in an airtight box in the fridge for up to three days.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 447(kcal)
  • Fat 23.0g
  • Saturates 14.0g
  • Sugars 35.0g
  • Salt 0.5g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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rosie x

Can u use self- raising flour insted of plain flour

betty brighton

Try Mary Berry's Millionaires Shortbread recipe. It is truly delicious and so easy. Just make sure you keep stirring the caramel mixture while it is thickening.


East quick and delicious!!! I cut through the squares just before the chocolate set and kept it in the fridge covered in foil until ready to eat, enjoyed by everyone, much nicer than shop made Made it look special by sprinkling on white choc chunks before chocolate set.


I tried making this, using the dulce de leche and it was horrible because it didn't set, and the chocolate topping just sort of floated on top. When you tried to cut it, the top would crack, the caramel would squirt out the sides and the shortbread was so hard I had to put my whole weight on the knife to cut it. Looking for another millionaire's shortbread recipe.

Martis Bangalu

I would love to receive updated home recepe.

Debra Brassing

I am studing for a degree in cooking and i am supposed to find out how much shortbread weighs wothout making it sorry 6/10 i love the idea of chocolate on the top and the picture


I love caramel Shortcake and have found the base the toughest bit to crack - this base works really well although I would recommend trying to make your own caramel its not that hard and its a lot more rewarding than cheating with the dulce de leche.

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