The Perfect Recipe for Decadent Millionaire Bars

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Hey Y’all! So I’m always looking for and trying out delicious treats to share with you. I found this amazing candy, cookie confection, and it’s called a Millionaire Bar. It’s a rich shortbread cookie topped with delicious caramel, and  deep semi-sweet chocolate finished off with coarse sea salt. When I finished baking them, they really reminded me of a homemade Twix bar from a gourmet bakery.

This dessert recipe has a little something for everyone, who loves sweets.These Millionaire bars, are so decadent  and since it’s the holiday season you can easily give them to family and friends as gifts. Although it may seem like a lot to do,  it’s truly worth it.

So let’s get baking, but as always before we start we need a list of ingredients. Since this treat has different components, I’m breaking down the ingredients  based on the how the bars are made.

 Millionaire Bar Ingredients

Ingredients for the Millionaire Bar recipe

-All-Purpose flour

-Sugar

-Unsalted Butter

-Corn Syrup

-Canned Condensed Milk

-12 oz bag of Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate morsels

-Pecans(optional)

-Coarse Sea Salt(optional)

Ingredients for Shortbread Cookie

-2 1/4 cups of All-Purpose flour

-1/2 of cup of sugar

-2 sticks of softened unsalted butter

Ingredients for Homemade Caramel

-1 1/2 sticks of softened unsalted butter

-3/4 cup of sugar

-3 tablespoons of corn syrup

-3/4 cup of condensed milk

How to Bake the ShortBread Cookie

for the Millionaire Bars

Millionaire Bars Recipe

First, I’m going to begin by making a shortbread cookie, which is the base of this recipe. I’m adding in 2 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour into a mixing bowl.

Millionaire Bars recipe

Then, I’m going to add 2 sticks of room temperature butter into the bowl.

Ingredients for Millionaire Bars

Next, add 1/2 cup of sugar to your butter and flour. 

Then, you will use a hand mixer to mix your flour, sugar, and butter for about 2-3 minutes.

Once you’ve finished mixing,  your dough should have this consistency.

Now, I’m going to cover a 9X13 inch pan with parchment paper, be sure to leave a little paper out on the sides.

Then, I’m going to simply place my dough onto the pan and press it down with my fingers.

After, I cover my pan with the shortbread cookie dough, I take a piece of parchment paper and smooth it out with my hands.

Then, I’m going to slowly pull the parchment paper off the cookie dough.

Next, I’m going to puncture holes into my dough with a fork, to ensure the dough bakes evenly. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and cook your cookie dough for 20-30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

Once your shortbread is finished, it needs to fully cool because you will need to add hot homemade caramel on top of it.

**This next step is completely optional, I poured 1 cup of chopped pecans, over my finished shortbread after it has cooled.**

How to Make the Homemade Caramel

First, you will need a hard bottom sauce pan.

How to make homemade caramel

Then, you will place 1 1/2 stick of unsalted room temperature butter3/4 cup of sugar3 tablespoons of corn syrup, and 3/4 cup of condensed milk into your pan on a high heat setting. 

How to Make Homemade Caramel

Once your ingredients begin to bubble, turn the heat to a simmer and continuously stir for about 30 minutes to  ensure your caramel doesn’t burn.

 As your caramel starts to thicken and turn into a beautiful golden brown, replace your utensil with a whisk.

Continue to stir you caramel with the whisk.

Once your caramel is complete it will be a light golden brown.

How to Make Homemade Caramel

When your caramel is finished you will  immediately pour it  over your shortbread cookie, that has been cooling in the  pan.

You cannot wait until your caramel cools, because it will harden. 

Then, you will  take a butterknife and spread the caramel over the cookie and the pecans.

Melting the Semi-sweet Chocolate for the Millionaire Bars

We’re almost done, we just have to melt the chocolate.

Now, pour the entire  12 oz bag of semi-sweet morsels   into a  microwavable safe cup or dish. Then place it in the microwave on defrost for increments of 2 minutes. It takes about 6 minutes total to melt the chocolate and you will need to stir after every increment of 2 minutes.

Next, stir the melted chocolate in the cup or dish  and prepare to spread it.

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Now, that you’ve finished evenly spreading on the melted chocolate you can sprinkle coarse sea salt onto the nearly finished treat.

**The Sea salt is a completely optional step.**

You can place it in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes or until the chocolate hardens.  Then you will cut it into bars, this  recipe makes a total of 24 bars. However, you can make at least 48 if you want to make them smaller.

The Perfect Millionaire Bars

The Perfect Millionaire Bars Recipe Millionaire Bars

These delicious decadent bars are perfect for the holiday season. It’s quite a recipe to undertake, but you won’t regret it if you do. As I stated before it’s also an amazing  holiday gift for family and friends.

Feel free to let us know what you think of this  easy cake recipe  in the comment section.

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The Perfect Recipe for Decadent Millionaire Bars

Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Servings 24 bars

Equipment

  • Hand Mixer
  • 9X13 inch pan
  • Heavy sauce bottom sauce pan
  • Stove
  • Oven

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for Shortbread cookie

  • 2 1/4 cups of All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks of softened unsalted butter

Ingredients for Homemade Caramel

  • 1 1/2 sticks of softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup of condensed milk

Instructions
 

How to Bake the Shortbread Cookie for the Millionaire Bars

  • First, I’m going to begin by making a shortbread cookie, which is the base of this recipe. I’m adding in 2 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour into a mixing bowl.
  • Then, I’m going to add 2 sticks of room temperature butter into the bowl.
  • Next, add 1/2 cup of sugar to your butter and flour. 
  • Then, you will use a hand mixer to mix your flour, sugar, and butter for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Once you’ve finished mixing,  your dough should have this consistency.
  • Now, I’m going to cover a 9X13 inch pan with parchment paper, be sure to leave a little paper out on the sides.
  • Then, I’m going to simply place my dough onto the pan and press it down with my fingers.
  • After, I cover my pan with the shortbread cookie dough, I take a piece of parchment paper and smooth it out with my hands.
  • Then, I’m going to slowly pull the parchment paper off the cookie dough.
  • Next, I’m going to puncture holes into my dough with a fork, to ensure the dough bakes evenly. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and cook your cookie dough for 20-30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Once your shortbread is finished, it needs to fully cool because you will need to add hot homemade caramel on top of it.
    **This next step is completely optional, I poured 1 cup of chopped pecans, over my finished shortbread after it has cooled.**

How to Make the Homemade Caramel

  • First, you will need a hard bottom sauce pan.
  • Then, you will place 1 1/2 stick of unsalted room temperature butter3/4 cup of sugar3 tablespoons of corn syrup, and 3/4 cup of condensed milk into your pan on a high heat setting. 
  • Once your ingredients begin to bubble, turn the heat to a simmer and continuously stir for about 30 minutes to  ensure your caramel doesn't burn.
  •  As your caramel starts to thicken and turn into a beautiful golden brown, replace your utensil with a whisk.
  • Continue to stir you caramel with the whisk.
  • Once your caramel is complete it will be a light golden brown.
  • When your caramel is finished you will  immediately pour it  over your shortbread cookie, that has been cooling in the  pan.
    You cannot wait until your caramel cools, because it will harden.
  • Then, you will  take a butterknife and spread the caramel over the cookie and the pecans. 

Melting the Semi-sweet Chocolate for the Millionaire Bars 

  • We're almost done, we just have to melt the chocolate.
  • Now, the pour the entire  12 oz bag of semi-sweet morsels into a microwaveable safe cup or dish. Place the cup or dish in the microwave on defrost for increments of 2 minutes. It takes about 6 minutes total to melt the chocolate and you will need to stir after every increment of 2 minutes.
  • Next, stir the melted chocolate in the cup and prepare to spread it.
  • Now, that you've finished spreading on the melted chocolate you can sprinkle coarse sea salt onto the nearly finished treat.
  • **The Sea salt is  a completely optional step.**
    You can place it in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes or until the chocolate hardens.  Then you will cut it into bars, this  recipe makes a total of 24 bars. However, you can make at least 48 if you want to make smaller bars.
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