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Million Dollar Bars

Buttery shortbread, creamy caramel, and sweet chocolate, perfect for celebrating tax returns! Use your mobile phone to watch the how-to video right from your kitchen!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel, chocolate, million dollar bars, shortbread
Servings: 12
Calories: 447kcal
Author: Rachael



  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs milk
  • pinch of salt


  • 3/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbs light corn syrup
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Chocolate Topping

  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • Large Crystal Salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup sugar
  • Mix in flour and milk and salt. It will look very crumbly.
  • Prepare an 8 x 8 baking pan by spraying it and lining it with parchment paper
  • Bake for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool completely
  • In a heavy pan mix together 3/4 cup salted butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 3 Tbs light corn syrup, vanilla, and a can of sweetened condensed milk
  • Stir continuously, bring to a boil, and continue stirring until it turns a golden brown (about 6-8 minutes).
  • Pour over the top of the cooled shortbread crust
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in 30 second intervals and spread over the caramel
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips in 30 second intervals, and drizzle over using a spatula to make swirls, then sprinkle on some large crystal salt (optional)
  • Let cool completely, and then cut into bars for serving.
  • Can be stored for a week in an airtight container.


Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 181mg | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1.1mg