Millionaire Shortbread

MILLIONAIRE SHORTBREAD tastes like a grown-up version of a Twix candy bar. Buttery shortbread, a thick layer of sweet caramel, and a simple chocolate topping. These are perfect for holiday cookie trays or any time of the year!

Millionaire Shortbread - buttery shortbread, thick caramel, and decadent chocolate all in one little treat! #shortbread #cookies #dessert

Y’all, would you believe that my mama doesn’t like caramel? 

I mean…who doesn’t like CARAMEL?? <— Don’t tell me if that’s you…I don’t think I can handle knowing more people are out there, just wandering around this world aimlessly hating on caramel. 

Anyway, I obviously love caramel. What’s not to like about it, after all? It’s basically the nectar of the gods, if you ask me. 

Millionaire Shortbread takes all the goodness of caramel, smears it over some buttery shortbread, and then tops it off with chocolate. I like to do a sprinkle of sea salt on top for extra oomph, but you can skip that part if it’s not your thing.

shortbread bar recipe

Millionaire Shortbread Bars: 

This millionaire shortbread recipe will make 9 bars, but the recipe can also be doubled for making in a 9×13 pan. Go big or go home, right? 

shortbread dough in mixing bowl

To start, you’ll prepare the shortbread. It’s just a basic shortbread made of butter, sugar, and flour. 

Once the shortbread is baked, you’ll spread over the homemade caramel. 

homemade caramel over shortbread

The homemade caramel layer is a mix of butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk. It’s beyond easy! You just stir it all together on the stove.

Once you’ve spread your caramel over the shortbread, I like to do a little sprinkle of salt. You can skip this step if salted caramel isn’t your thing. 

Next, sprinkle on some chocolate chips and pop it back in the oven for a minute. 

chocolate caramel shortbread

The chocolate chips won’t lose their shape until you start spreading them around, so don’t leave them in the oven waiting on them to melt. You’ll burn the chocolate. 

Cool the bars completely before cutting into small squares. This millionaire shortbread is rich, thick, and totally amazing. 


We like to keep these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’re cold and thick and rich and just perfect for grabbing from the fridge.

However, if you prefer softer caramel, you can store these millionaire shortbread bars on the counter for up to 5 days tightly closed.

millionaire shortbread bars

More sweets & treats: 

I love shortbread and these Christmas shortbread cookies are so festive and easy! My chocolate chip shortbread is always a hit too!

Brookies are always popular with friends and family, and of course, so are homemade brownies!

Peanut Butter Blondies are a favorite in our house along with my eclair cake

shorbread bars with caramel and chocolate

shortbread bar recipe

Millionaire Shortbread

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
Servings: 9 servings
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, easy bar recipes, easy dessert recipes, holiday
Calories: 536 kcal

Buttery shortbread, rich caramel, and a simple layer of chocolate!


For the shortbread:
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
For the caramel:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
For the chocolate topping:
  • pinch flaky sea salt optional
  • 1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips


  1. To make the shortbread, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar and flour until crumbly.
  3. Press into a 9x9 baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
  1. To make the caramel, add the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and condensed milk to a medium sauce pan set over medium heat.

  2. Bring to a boil, stirring often, and continue boiling for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir vigorously for 3 minutes.

  3. Pour caramel over the shortbread layer. It doesn't matter if the shortbread is warm or cool at this point.

  1. Sprinkle the salt over the caramel.

  2. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and return to the oven for 1 minute.
  3. Spread the chocolate chips over the caramel with an offset spatula.

  4. Cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour before cutting and serving.

Recipe Notes

Store bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature, depending on personal preference. Bars will last about 5 days.

Nutrition Facts
Millionaire Shortbread
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 536 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 384mg17%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 46g51%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 835IU17%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.