Sunday, 2 October 2011

Caramel Shortbread

So, the weather has quickly changed and we have gone from having 'summer suppers' to 'winter warmers' and nothing satisfies you more when you are tucked up indoors, with the rain thumping on the windows than a nice cup of tea and biscuits to follow. A biscuit that will never disappoint and will go with any hot drink is probably the most fattening biscuit of them all...caramel shortbread. 

Before trying this recipe I had never had a home made caramel shortbread, but it's always been one of my favourites. I just can't stand it when you try a shop bought piece and it's made with that cheap and tacky chocolate. This is the full fat, full pleasure skimping goes on here!!



(Recipe for a 24cm x 24cm tin - makes 25 individual squares)

Caramel                                                              Shortbread
2x 397g tins Sweetened Condensed Milk           170g Butter
240g Butter                                                        60g Caster Sugar
150g Brown Sugar                                              300g Plain Flour
60g Golden Syrup                                               400g milk chocolate

1. Start by lining and greasing your tin and pre heating your oven to 180degreesC.

2. To make the shortbread, cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until soft and fluffy. Sift in the flour and fold together until all ingredients are combined. Roll together in your hands and spread the dough as evenly as possible into the base of the tin. Place in the oven and bake for 30mins or until golden and firm to the touch.

3. Remove the shortbread from the oven and allow to cool. Place the butter, brown sugar, golden syrup and condensed milk into a saucepan and cook over a medium heat until all of the sugar has dissolved - MAKE SURE TO STIR CONTINUOUSLY or lumps of uncooked sugar will form and begin to burn making the caramel bitter. Once the sugar has dissolved turn the temperature up and allow to boil (STIRRING CONTINUOUSLY) then lower the heat right down and simmer for 4-5mins or until the caramel has increased in thickness and volume. BE CAREFUL as the caramel will be SCOLDINGLY hot...if you do burn yourself (like I did) make sure to bathe your hand in cold water.

4. Once the caramel has thickened, pour the caramel over the shortbread and using the back of a spoon, spread evenly over the base. Allow to set overnight in the fridge (if there is room) if not, set at room temp. The longer you leave it to set, the better! (I only let it set for a few hours and it was VERY messy to eat!)

5. Only when the caramel has set and is hard to the touch, melt the chocolate in a bain marie. Spread the melted chocolate over the caramel and put in the fridge to set. Make sure to cut the shortbread into squares before it has completely set otherwise it will be IMPOSSIBLE to cut and you will have a slab of yummy caramel shortbread.


This recipe is pretty simple to follow, but don't make the mistake I did....I was too excited to get tucked right in, so I didn't let the caramel set for long enough so it was perhaps the messiest thing to eat!! The caramel splurged out everywhere and was very sticky! Needless to say, it was bloooooooming gorgeous!!!!! The biscuit is perfectly crumbly, and the chocolate is thick and chunky. Great for rainy days when all you want is tea and cuddles!

Bon Appetit!!


  1. Nothing better although small pieces only required. My mum used to make it, it's real comfort food.

  2. I agree Janice! Very sickly, but simply gorgeous!