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I'm about to make a bold claim: this gluten free millionaire's shortbread recipe is probably the greatest recipe I have ever made.

Big words, I know.

But you have to tryst me when I say these gluten free caramel shortbreads MUST go on your 'to bake ASAP' list.

With a crumbly and buttery shortbread, thick gooey caramel and a deliciously sweet layer of chocolate, they are pretty bang on perfect.

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I first attempted these gluten free millionaire's shortbreads for a Macmillan coffee morning and visually they were a bit of a disaster.

The caramel was too runny and the chocolate way too thick - imagine a caramel explosion and you're pretty much there.

But the taste was amazing and they had a welcome response - so I worked really hard to get the recipe right.

Fast forward several attempts and a lot of tins of condensed milk, and here we have the perfect gluten free millionaire's shortbreads.

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Easy gluten free caramel shortbread

The recipe for these is pretty easy - I've done all the failing for you!

The gluten free shortbread uses only three ingredients, the caramel is a slower process but easy to follow, and the chocolate takes only a few seconds.

So what are you waiting for?

These are the perfect treats to take into work for a coffee morning, or impress at a party.

They are sticky and delicious and oh-so-gluttonous - definitely not one if you're counting calories.

I used a 24cm x 24cm square tin for mine, but you could use any shape you wish.

I found this was perfect for making 16 squares, any bigger and I would have found them far too sweet.

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What do I need to make these?

There's a full printable recipe card below, but for the shopping list you'll need the following ingredients:

FOR THE SHORTBREAD

  • 200 g butter
  • 100 g golden caster sugar
  • 333 g gluten free plain white flour

FOR THE CARAMEL

  • 1 x 397g tin condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 60 g golden caster sugar
  • 120 g unsalted butter

FOR THE TOPPING

  • 230 g milk choc

These are all really simple ingredients and easy to pick up at the supermarket.

Any gluten free plain flour blend will work - I tend to use FREEE or a supermarket own blend like Asda's.

For my American readers, you'll want to get hold of an 'all purpose' gluten free flour.

You can also use normal caster sugar instead of golden caster sugar - both will work.

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How to make gluten free millionaire's shortbread

Don't forget the full printable recipe card with the method is down below.

But here are a few step-by-step tips to help you make my gluten free millionaire's shortbread.

First off you need to make the gluten free shortbread layer.

This basically involves mixing the three ingredients together then pressing them into a baking tin, like this:

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Once you've baked the shortbread you need to let it cool for a little bit before you make the caramel layer.

The caramel layer is, by far, my favourite part of this bake!

Mix all the caramel ingredients together and then heat it up - stirring constantly - as it gently boils for 10-15 minutes.

It will start to thicken and go a lovely, golden colour when it's ready.

Stirring constantly is essential to ensure none of the sugar burns and sticks to the bottom.

If it does then you may end up with darker flecks in the caramel - there's nothing wrong with this flavour-wise, it will just affect how it looks!

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Once your caramel is done, pour it on top and leave to set for at least an hour.

To finish off your gluten free millionaire's shortbread, pour over melted chocolate and then leave to set before cutting into squares.

I find it's easier to do this if you heat the knife under hot water first.

This will make it cut through the thicker chocolate layer without cracking it.

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My gluten free millionaire's shortbread recipe

So, without further ado, here's how to make the best ever gluten free millionaire's shortbread!

This recipe makes enough for 16 squares in a 24cm square baking tin.

Iโ€™ve also got a handy video tutorial here to help guide you through the process:

If you make this recipe and love it, please do let me know bytagging me on my Instagramor using#theglutenfreeblogger. I love seeing your bakes!

And please do leave a review to let others know you loved it too! It would mean the world to me.

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Yield: 16 Squares

Gluten free millionaire's shortbread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

These gluten free millionaire's shortbread are absolute delicious and the perfect sweet treat! Buttery gluten free shortbread topped with a thick caramel and a layer of milk chocolate.

Ingredients

For the shortbread

  • 200 g butter
  • 100 g golden caster sugar
  • 333 g Doveโ€™s Farm gluten free plain white flour

For the caramel

  • 1 x 397g tin condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 60 g golden caster sugar
  • 120 g unsalted butter

For the topping

  • 230 g milk choc

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180โ€™C / Fan 160'C / /Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 24cm x 24cm square baking tin.
  2. First make the shortbread by placing the butter and sugar into a large mixing bowl and beating until light and fluffy. Add in the plain flour and mix together โ€“ when it starts to thicken up, use your hands to thoroughly mix together to form a smooth ball of dough.
  3. Press the dough into the lined tin, and use your hands to flatten it out evenly, right to the edges. Prick all over with a fork and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden on top.
  4. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  5. To make the caramel topping, place the condensed milk, syrup, butter and sugar into a large saucepan. Cook on a very low heat, stirring constantly. Do not let it burn. This usually takes around 10-15 minutes, but the topping is done when it turns a caramel colour.
  6. Remove the caramel from the heat and allow to cool for a couple of minutes, before pouring all over the shortbread. Make sure it is spread evenly to cover all of the shortbread and cool in the fridge for approx. one hour.
  7. Once it has cooled complete, melt the milk chocolate. Pour the melted chocolate all over the caramel and spread evenly. Transfer to the fridge and cool for an hour-or-so until completely chilled.
  8. Cut into squares using a knife heated with boiling water. Keep in the fridge for freshness โ€“ if you can resist devouring them all at once!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 465Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 0gSugar: 33gProtein: 11g

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NEED SOME MORE GLUTEN FREE BAKING INSPIRATION?

Want to have a go at some of the other gluten free baking recipes on the blog?

Give some of these other gluten free bakes a try and see what you think!

There are plenty to choose from โ€“ here are a couple of easy baking ideas to get you going:

  • Gluten free peanut butter brownies
  • 'slu*tty' brownies - aka cookie dough brownies
  • Banana and chocolate loaf cake

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FAQs

What's the difference between millionaire shortbread and billionaire shortbread? โ€บ

What's the difference between millionaire shortbread and billionaire shortbread? Millionaire shortbread has a caramel centre, billionaire shortbread has a decadent salted caramel centre. Can shortbread biscuits be frozen? Yes shortbread cookies and biscuits (even with caramel and chocolate) freeze perfectly.

What country is Millionaire Shortbread from? โ€บ

The name "millionaire's shortbread" appears to have originated in Scotland.

What does Millionaire shortbread contain? โ€บ

Classic shortbread is made of only three ingredients โ€” butter, flour, and sugar, but this is Millionaire's shortbread so we're making sure it lives up to its name. An egg yolk, some brown sugar, and vanilla extract all make this cookie crust extra flavorful, and slightly softer than standard shortbread as well.

What country makes the best shortbread? โ€บ

Shortbread is generally associated with and originated in Scotland, but due to its popularity it is also made in the rest of the United Kingdom, and similar biscuits are also made in Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. The Scottish version is the best-known, and is widely exported.

Why is my shortbread not crispy? โ€บ

If your butter and flour ratio is off, your shortbread may have the wrong texture. Butter is key, it contains a large percentage of water, and that water develops the gluten structure which gives strength and crunch to the biscuit.

What is shortbread called in America? โ€บ

Americans are the outlier on how we use "biscuit"

To most of the rest of the English-speaking world, a biscuit is what Americans would refer to as either a cookie or a cracker. Biscuits can be sweet (shortbread) or savory. They're baked in the oven, and they're crisp, not chewy.

What is another name for Millionaire's shortbread? โ€บ

There are many names for this treat: caramel squares, millionaire's bars, caramel shortcake, or caramel slices. If you think about it, Twix bars are also a Millionaire's Shortbread!

Who makes shortbread for Aldi? โ€บ

Specifications
Ingredients๐–๐ก๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐…๐ฅ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ (๐–๐ก๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐…๐ฅ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Butter (๐Œ๐ข๐ฅ๐ค) (33%), Sugar, Cornflour, Salt.
Brand nameBelmont
ManufacturerSpecially Produced for Aldi Stores Ltd., PO Box 26, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 2SH
Maximum purchase quantity15
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Why is the caramel not setting on my millionaire shortbread? โ€บ

If your caramel is too soft, you didn't do it for long enough, so should definitely be kept in the fridge. You want to use a good quality pan if you can, as some pans have a very thin base. Basically, if the base is too thin, you might burn the caramel.

What is the world's famous shortbread? โ€บ

Walker's Shortbread is honoured to carry a Royal Warrant, granted by Her Majesty the Queen, for the supply of Shortbread and Oatcakes. Walker's Shortbread is a gift fit for a king, and a treat befitting any special occasion.

Is butter or margarine better for shortbread? โ€บ

Shortbread relies on really good-quality unsalted butter for its flavour, so don't skimp on this and never use margarine! The high butter (or shortening ) content helps to keep the gluten in the flour short and soft. But, for that delectable, friable texture, it's also important to keep a light hand.

What's the difference between millionaire and billionaire? โ€บ

Billionaires are wealthier than millionaires and worth less than trillionaires. A deca-billionaire has more than $10 billion, while a centi-billionaire has more than $100 billion in net wealth.

What is the difference between a billionaire bar and a millionaire bar? โ€บ

Most everyone has heard of Millionaire Bars or Million Dollar Bars, they're basically homemade Twix with layers of shortbread cookie, caramel, and chocolate. I've decided to crank that up a notch and add in two extra layers to make these Billionaire Bars!

What is the difference between billionaire and millionaire bars? โ€บ

Millionaire shortbread is made with a plain shortbread crust and a light caramel. My billionaire shortbread has pecans in the shortbread crust, browned butter caramel, and dark chocolate ganache.

What's the difference between caramel shortbread and millionaire shortbread? โ€บ

Caramel Slice is kinda similar but with a twist. It also has a shortbread base, caramel, and chocolate. But the caramel is usually softer and gooey, unlike the firmer caramel in Millionaire Shortbread.

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