Millionaire’s Shortbread Winner!

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Now onto the chocolate above: Does anyone remember the Millionaire’s Shortbread contest I started in my Weebly days? Well, it continues this Christmas and ends (I think!)…I have found the perfect proportions, methods, and ingredients for this incredible Scottish dessert. Don’t pass this up! Especially around the holidays when calories and butter don’t count (right?)! Drumroll please…….

Read on for the recipe and photos…



1 1/4cup flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
5/8 cup unsalted butter
5/16 cup sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a 9″ circular pan with parchment paper.
  • Add sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt to a mixing bowl and pull together until fully combined and crumbly (using hands or dough mixer).
  • Place dough into prepared pan and press into an even layer.
  • Bake 15 – 18 minutes or until golden. Cool completely on a rack.

Caramel Layer


1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 tsp butter


  • Melt butter over medium low heat.
  • Add sweetened condensed milk. Raise heat to medium high.
  • Bring to a boil then lower heat to simmer for about 12 – 15 minutes. Keep stirring to stop the mixture from burning!!
  • It should almost come to a dulce de leche consistency.

Chocolate Layer


3 1/2 oz. chocolate of your choice (2 oz. semi-sweet Baker’s, 1 1/2 oz. unsweetened Baker’s)
1/4 cup butter


  • In a medium, glass bowl, combine chocolate pieces and butter pieces. Place over a saucepan of simmering water.
  • Allow to melt, stirring constantly, until well combined.
  • Remove from saucepan and allow to cool for 30 seconds.
  • Pour the glaze over the cooled caramel and spread evenly with a spatula.
  • Allow to cool before cutting…if you do it in a circular pan you get to cut pie-type slices! Yum!



2 Responses to “Millionaire’s Shortbread Winner!”
  1. Becky says:

    Made this for dessert tonight. It’s cooling right now, so don’t know how tasty it is yet. It was super easy to make and my boys had fun watching the process. Thanks for posting a nice Scottish recipe so I can use it to bring my boys closer to their heritage. We will be representing the family clan at the nearby Scottish festival this fall. If this recipe is as good as it looks, we may make a bunch up to give away at the family tent.

    • blubird607 says:

      Dear Becky,

      Sorry I’m getting back to you so late – I hope you enjoyed! It’s the best combination of ingredients so far and the textures were lovely. I hope the Scottish festival goes well (I’d love to go to one someday and support my background as well!). Do you think it measures up to be given away at the family tent? ; )

      All the best!

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