Traditional millionaire shortbread squares


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Father’s Day

My dad is one in a million!

Today I’m sharing with you the perfect dessert, some gooey millionaires shortbread squares for a simple yet elegant Father’s day dessert. Layered with homemade caramel on top of buttery shortbread and slathered with a chocolate topping then cooled and cut into squares. You know it’s got to be delicious.

As you may or may not know all my family and my husband’s family still live in the same village in Scotland. This is a very popular British dessert back home which I’m sharing with you today. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do. It’s on special occasions like today, Father’s Day that bring back all the memories of  living back at home.

I miss my dad so much (as I do all my family) but my dad is very special to me as this is where I get all my experimental cooking and recipe ideas from. He was a chef in his younger days in the Merchant Navy. Although I enjoyed baking with mom I loved watching my dad in the kitchen when I was younger.

He would make food come to life by tossing in things from the pantry and refrigerator. Whatever my dad could get his hands on to create a homemade meal, that’s what he would do to make sure we were all well fed. I can honestly say that not all his recipe creations were a success but  there were some great smells and tastes that will be with me forever.

My dad loves millionaires shortbread squares, it’s one of his favourite treats. Its one recipe that mom used to make often for dad when he returned from offshore after being away for two weeks out in the North Sea. He would always tell her that she made the best millionaires shortbread recipe that he’d ever tasted, and I don’t disagree. I still remember the anticipation of dad coming home when we were younger counting down the days before he would arrive back home.

My dad still works offshore and will be coming to Canada to visit with the family and I with mom in a couple of weeks. All those feelings of being a kid again is building inside of me as I await their arrival. I think I am more excited than the kids. So I am going to make a batch of his favourite millionaire shortbread squares and of course a cuppa tea. The best treat you can have after such a long journey or for an after dinner treat.

Although my parents have been to Canada before much has changed since their last visit. I look forward to showing my mom and dad more of my our new home in Canada and making every second count while they are here with us.

Today is dedicated to all the Father’s out there.

I love you Dad x


Millionaire shortbread squares

  • Prep time: 30 mins
  • Baking time:  50 mins
  • Serving Size: Makes approximately 20 Millionaire shortbread depending on size of squares

How to make millionaire shortbread base

To make the shortbread base I use the same shortbread recipe that I make my Easter Bunny butter shortbread cookies.


  • 60z butter
  • 2 Tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 Can Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup milk/dark Chocolate


Once you have your shortbread mix gently pat down into a 28 x 18 cm shallow oblong baking tin. Fork it gently to stop it rising too much! Bake at 180C for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

To make the caramel filling

  • Melt the butter over a low heat in a small pan.
  • Stir in the golden syrup and condensed milk.
  • Wait until it’s completely combined and then pour over cooked base and bake for a further 20 minutes.
  • Take it out from the oven and let it cool after 20 minutes has passed.

To make the chocolate topping

  • Melt the chocolate over a bowl of simmering water making sure no water gets into the chocolate.
  • Spread the chocolate topping over the cooled caramel filling.
  • Mark slices while the chocolate topping is setting as it will be easier to cut with your knife when cooled.
  • Now place in the refrigerator to let the chocolate topping set.


Note: Place parchment paper on the bottom of your dish. Don’t throw away that butter wrapper, use it again to grease your baking sheets leaving you with no greasy buttery fingers.

I can see the box of millionaire shortbread not lasting long in the refrigerator so I might have to make a double batch so that there’s plenty to go around for everyone. I always enjoy creating simple dessert ideas like this one because creating memories with my children are memories you can’t turn back and wish you had done when you are older.

Nicola head shot

Contribution By: Nicola Don is a regular recipe contributor to Nicola was born in Aberdeen Scotland and lived most of her years in Ellon Aberdeenshire Scotland. She is a stay at home mom of three kids to whom she adores. She has been married for 14 years to a wonderful husband who both moved from the UK 6 1/2 years ago to Ste Anne MB, Canada. Nicola  loves to cook and experiment with flavours while creating recipes as its a passion of hers. She wants  to give her family the best food and variety of tastes from all over the world while using fresh ingredients within her grocery budget.


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  1. I would love to hear updates on your wife’s lime tree! I am a new follower – very glad I found your blog. And CONGRATS on the new blog design. That is a huge accomplishment. Can’t wait to see it!


    • Hi there Rachel!!
      Welcome and thanks for introducing yourself. If you’re not on my Facebook page come on over and chat. I’m always on for live conversation with the fans throughout the day. I will most certainly follow Pauline’s advice with my wife’s Lime tree. It’s a beautiful tree and I hope we can make some magic happen with it. When I update it will be in the Saturday Weekend Review post…. I hope to chat to you more. Cheers Rachel!

  2. So excited for you, Nicola, that you get to visit with your family! The shortbread squares look delightful – can’t wait to try them!

  3. Christine Weadick says:

    This does look yummy,Nicola!!!! I’ll have to try it soon… Maybe the next family gathering…. I know my SIL loves shortbread. Enjoy the visit with your parents… How long are they staying?? I hope it’s a nice long visit for you and the family……

  4. Hi Mate, had not forgotten you but LIFE got in the Way. LOL I saw these shortbread squares and thought I would drop you a line. Not that I only drop in on you when I see Great Recipes but I say “Have Food, Will Travel.” ;-D You have a GREAT DAY!!!

    • You as well mate, was wondering where you’d been lately. Cheers

      • Doing Well Thanks. Took off for Mother’s Day for a week, to visit my children on the west coast ( I live in CT on the east coast). So getting a little overtime for work (on my Real Job, LOL), No Complaints. Had a Ball. See You Soon, Take Care. 😉

        • Glad to hear you took a break, I could use one myself. If you haven’t heard my blog is moving soon. If you are following via wordpress you won’t see me in your feed any longer. If you would like to subscribe via email 🙂 That’s how it’s been explained to me when a blog moves to self hosted wordpress from free wordpress. I’d miss your motivating comments!!

          • AWH!!! Say it’s not SOooo. 🙁
            I will scoot over and grasp the email, ASAP
            I’ll miss you as well. Just when I founded A New Best Friend who shares the best information about my money & the Best Food on the NET. See you in a minute. Thanks for the update.

          • It’s been fun here but I’m so limited with what I can do so I’m venturing off. I’ll miss all the great people I’ve met here but I hope they subscribe to follow me… 🙂

  5. Looks yummy … to clarify … is it sweetened condense milk or just can milk? Can’t wait to try

    • sweetened condensed milk. If you click on the step by step you will also see the ingredients. If it’s canned milk we call it evaporated canned milk.. condensed milk is sweetened … at least that’s how I understood it cheers mate 🙂 Thanks for dropping in.

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