Vegan millionaire shortbread like no other! Crumbly shortbread biscuit topped with smooth caramel enrobed in dark chocolate.
Every day I’ve spent not eating vegan millionaire shortbread has been a day wasted! It’s such a nostalgic treat for me and yet, now that I’m eating it, it’s also a pretty grown-up dessert!
When I was growing up, my brother would ALWAYS ask for millionaire shortbread at the bakery. He doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, and I honestly don’t think he even liked millionaire shortbread very much – he just liked the notion that eating like a millionaire might make him a millionaire.
I, on the other hand, LOVE millionaire shortbread and couldn’t care less about being a millionaire (give me an oven and a well stocked pantry and I’m happy!).
What even is a millionaire shortbread?!
Put simply, it’s a slab of shortbread – but EXTRA! You know that friend who’s actually pretty boring, but they wear the EXCITING CLOTHES and always have GREAT HAIR… thats what a millionaire shortbread is like!
The variety I ate as a kid was always from Sayers bakery (a northern UK chain bakery) and weirdly it was actually super delicious. So this recipe for vegan millionaire shortbread is designed to taste just like those guys!
The dark chocolate balances the sweetness of the caramel which is followed by the richness of the shortbread. Add some flaky sea salt in there and you’ve got yourself a masterpiece! This recipe makes a pretty big tray of MS so pace yourself, ok? Don’t eat it all in one hour (like I did).
If you want these guys to work – WITHOUT FAIL, you’ll need a candy thermometer or a probe thermometer. It’s super important you bring your sugar mixture to exactly 115 degrees celcius, otherwise your caramel won’t set! Grab one from amazon!
I’d also suggest not handling your shortbread dough too much. You don’t want to overwork the flour and activate the gluten, for one thing. You also don’t want melt the butter, so unless you have ice cold hands, don’t go using it like modelling clay!
What’s the process?
The process for this vegan millionaire shortbread is really quite simple. Follow these steps and you’ll have the most delightful bars of heaven in no time!
- Make the shortbread. This is mega easy and because you’re using a baking tray, there’s no need to roll out the dough – you just press it into the tray and hey presto! Be sure to prick it with a fork before baking to stop it from puffing up!
- You’ll need to whip up some caramel. This takes a little longer and is a little more complicated than the shortbread, but just follow the recipe to the letter and you’ll nail it!
- Top with vegan chocolate! The super easy bit! my only advice here is to make sure the caramel AND the shortbread are completely cool before moving onto this stage. You don’t want a melty mess!
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For the Shortbread
- 250 g plain white flour
- 75 g icing sugar
- pinch fine sea salt
- 175 g vegan butter (I use “baking block”)
For the Caramel
- 170 g vegan butter or margarine
- 200 g golden syrup (corn syrup also work great)
- 170 g dark brown soft sugar
- 100 g caster sugar
- 150 ml oat milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- pinch sea salt
For the Chocolate
- 200 g vegan dark chocolate (minimum 60% cacao)
To Make the Shortbread
- Preheat the oven to 160c.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Chop the vegan butter into cubes and add to the bowl with the flour. Work the butter into the flour by pinching everything together and rubbing the ingredients between your finger tips. Do this until you have a bowl of sandy textured flour with no large lumps of butter. The mixture will feel quite dry. Turn the mixture out onto a surface and knead it together to form a large ball of dough.
- Line a 23x33cm rectangular cake tin with a sheet of baking parchment. Press the dough into the bottom of the tin, forming a smooth, even layer of dough. Prick the dough lightly with a fork all over and place in the preheated oven to bake for 20 minutes or until very lightly golden on top. Remove from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack. Allow to cool fully in the tin before transferring to the fridge.
- Meanwhile, make the caramel. In a large saucepan add all the caramel ingredients except for the vanilla and the salt. Place over a medium/low heat and stir with a heat-proof spatula until all the butter is melted and the sugars dissolved completely. Using a probe thermometer, bring the caramel to 115c (you may have to increase the heat to get it there, but trust me, it will get there!). Remove from the heat, add the vanilla and salt and stir continuously (off the heat!) for around 10 minutes while the caramel cools. It will thicken dramatically!
- Once thick, set aside and allow to cool for a further 5-10 minutes (it should still be runny enough to pour or spoon over the shortbread, so keep checking the texture regularly). Pour or spoon over the shortbread in the tin, even out with your spoon and then return to the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
For the Chocolate
- Chop the chocolate roughly into small pieces. Place in a medium heat-proof bowl and sit over a small pan of boiling water. Allow the steam from the water to heat the bowl and melt the chocolate, stirring constantly with a spatula. Pour the chocolate over the chilled caramel and then set aside on the counter to set fully. Once set, slice with a hot knife (otherwise the chocolate will crack) into squares or bars and serve!