Millionaire Shortbread Bars: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180
degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line a 9 inch (23 cm)
square pan with aluminum foil and butter
In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter and
sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour
and salt and beat until the batter just starts to clump together. Press onto the bottom of
your prepared pan, lightly prick the shortbread with the tines of a fork, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until pale golden in color.
Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool while you make the filling.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a heatproof bowl and place over a
saucepan of simmering water. Cover with a piece of aluminum foil and cook, stirring
occasionally, for about 60 to 90 minutes or until the milk
has become thick and a lovely caramel color. Remove from heat and beat until smooth.
Evenly spread the
caramel over the cooled shortbread, cover, and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until
Note: You can also
cook the milk in your microwave oven. Place the sweetened condensed milk in a
large microwaveable bowl and cook on medium power for about 4 minutes, stirring
halfway through baking time. Reduce the powder to medium-low and continue
to cook for another 8 to 12 minutes, or until the milk has thicken and has
turned a caramel color. Remove from microwave and beat until smooth.
Chocolate Glaze: Melt
the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering
water. Let cool to room temperature. Then evenly spread the melted chocolate over the caramel and leave to set
(can place in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes). Cut
the shortbread into pieces using a sharp knife.
The shortbread can be stored in
the refrigerator for about a week. Serve cold or at room temperature. These
bars can also be frozen.
Makes about 24
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