Looking for a lavish treat? Millionaire's shortbread cookie bars start with a buttery shortbread and are topped with luscious caramel and creamy chocolate.
millionaire's shortbread cookie bars
Even better.... looking for an EASY treat? Skip the candy thermometer and check out this shortcut recipe for millionaire's shortbread cookie bars.
For more delicious desserts, try this no-bake caramel fudge or caramel Rice Krispie Treats.
why are they called millionaire's shortbread?
These delicious "millionaire's shortbread" cookies -- or caramel slice -- originated in Scotland. The "millionaire" addition refers to the decadence of the buttery shortbread's caramel topping and chocolate ganache.
What are Twix cookie bars?
While this version isn't an exact replica of the store-bought Twix candy, both treats have three layers: Shortbread cookies, caramel, and chocolate ganache.
If you love the candy bar, you'll love these extra-rich cookie bars. AND, check out these Twix cookies on a stick. Or, how about some peanut butter Twix Bites popcorn?
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tools you'll need to make millionaire's shortbread
Prepare these bar cookies in a 8 x 8-inch square baking pan. We suggest metal baking pans. You may also use a 9-inch square baking pan, but each layer will be a bit thinner.
Line the baking pan with parchment paper to easily lift the cookies out of the pan to slice. Non-stick foil also works.
While our recipes provide both the metric and non-metric amounts, for best results, we recommend a digital scale.
I use an oven thermometer for accuracy. (This is how I know my oven runs 25 degrees cold.)
what are the three layers?
Shortbread cookies are made with only four ingredients: Flour, salt, butter, and sugar. Because there are no eggs in shortbread, the mixture may feel crumbly at first. Keep mixing until a dough forms.
CARAMEL: shortcut tip
Making caramel can be tricky as the process is precise. Skip this step completely and use a 13.4-ounce can of dulce de leche!
Find the can in the baking aisle with the sweetened condensed milk OR in the Hispanic Foods section of your supermarket.
Chocolate ganache is a rich topping, and surprisingly easy to make. You need only two ingredients: Semi-sweet chocolate chips (or any preferred chocolate) and heavy cream.
You can melt the chips and cream in the microwave or on the stove-top over low heat.
The key, however, is to remove the chocolate from heat before all the chips have melted, and use the residual heat, while stirring, to fully melt the chocolate.
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