You Bring Dessert: Millionaire’s Shortbread Recipe
I dare say the word: Holidays. They are coming, and before them, I'm always astounded at the number of potlucks and dinners and get-togethers of any sort in the fall. Tailgating included. If you're looking for an easy treat to bring that everyone will love, I have the answer.
One of my favorite cookies to make is shortbread. Completely easy and simple, it's always satisfyingly sweet without being cloying, and it lends itself well to individual cookies or bars. Here in the Midwest, bars are a must for potlucks, family events, holidays.
This Scottish dessert in which basic shortbread is topped with a layer of creamy caramel and topped with a silky smooth chocolate will surely make you feel like a millionaire. That is what the name suggests anyway.
- 2 sticks of butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup dulce de leche
- 8 ounces high quality chocolate
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in flour and sugar and mix until combined. Press dough into a parchment-lined 8/9″ square cake pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 30-35 minutes until edges just start to brown. Remove from oven and cool.
Warm the dulce de leche and pour over the top of the shortbread. Lift pan and tilt to cover to the edges. Allow to set. When caramel is set, melt half of the chocolate in a double boiler to 115º F. Remove the bowl from the water and continue stirring in the remaining chocolate. Stop when the temperature reaches 90º F. Pour the tempered chocolate over caramel and allow to set.
Cut into squares and enjoy.
Makes approximately 20 squares.