Millionaire Shortbread Recipe and Other British Things I Like.

I recently spent a few weeks across the pond in England. I’ve been fortunate to have family living in Oxford, making it much easier to visit Great Britain. And it really is great. One of the many great things to come out of England are Millionaire Shortbread Bars. These bars are a crumbly crust with a caramel and chocolate layer and they are SO good. I don’t know how they haven’t made their way over to America yet, but I think we should get on that. Here are just a few more things I love about England:

  1. The overuse of the word “brilliant”.
  2. More formal language in general.
  3. The Cotswolds.
  4. All the Indian food everywhere.
  5. The way people dress with button down shirt under sweaters and wellies. Very classy looking.
  6. I like that when I introduce myself as Mary Elizabeth in England, I often get the response “What a royal name!” or “What a British name!” because of the current and past Queens.
  7. Seeing the BBC shows before they air in the U.S.
  8. The Great British Baking Show.
  9. The kid’s version of The Great British Baking Show: Junior Bake.
  10. There is a shop there called “Nothing” and another shop next door called “Next to Nothing”.
  12. Sticky Toffee Pudding.
  13. Saying “queue” instead of “line”.
  14. London theater.
  15. The National Gallery.
  16. The countryside. Especially driving around it. Actually driving pretty much anywhere not on the highway is pretty gorgeous.
  17. Bon Fire night.
  18. Everyone wears paper poppies for Remembrance Day.
  19. Fish and Chips.
  20. Millionaire Shortbread Bars. (See recipe below.)


Millionaire Shortbread Recipe



2 c. flour

1/2 c. brown sugar

4 t. cornstarch

3/4 t. salt

1 c. unsalted butter (cubed)

1/4 c. cold water

2 egg yolks



2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk

1 c. brown sugar

3/4 c. unsalted butter

1/4 c. corn syrup

1 T. vanilla


Chocolate topping:

1 (12 oz) bag of semi sweet chocolate chips

1/2 c. cream




 1. Start by making the crust. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 9″ by 13″ pan with non-stick spray and parchment paper.

2. Combine flour, brown sugar, corn starch, salt, and butter in standing mixer with fitted paddle attachment until butter is incorporated. The mix will still be very dry, but the butter should be in small pebble like pieces throughout the dry ingredients.

3. Add water and egg yolks to flour mixture. Combine until dough begins to found into a ball.

4. Press down the dough into prepared pan as evenly as possible.

5. Baked at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.

6. While the crust bakes, make the caramel. In medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup.

7. Bring to a boil. Allow caramel to boil for 6 minutes while whisking constantly. (Don’t turn the heat up too high or the mixture will stick to the bottom of the pan!)

8. Once crust has come out of the oven, pour prepared caramel over crust. (No need to let the crust layer cool, the caramel will only heat it up again.)

9. Put the caramel and crust aside. Now, make the chocolate layer!

10. Combine cream and chocolate in microwave safe bowl.

11. Microwave chocolate and cream for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir until combined and all the chocolate chips are melted.

12. Pour the chocolate over the caramel layer.

13. Place Millionaire Shortbread Bars in fridge to cool for about 2 hours. (If you’re impatient like me, you can really cut and eat them after about 45 minutes. They’ll be warm and gooey and so so delicious but also a little messy.)