If you’re looking for a delicious dessert recipe that’s easy to make and guaranteed to impress, look no further than Million Dollar Bars. This recipe features a layer of shortbread crust, a rich caramel filling, and a smooth chocolate topping. Not only do these bars taste like a million bucks, they’re also easy to customize to your liking. Plus, with a few simple tweaks, you can make these bars a bit healthier.


▢2 ½ cups crushed shortbread cookies

▢7 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

▢2 tablespoons white sugar

▢1 cup caramel bits

▢2 teaspoons milk or almond milk

▢1 cup milk chocolate chips

▢2 teaspoons shortening

▢sea salt

Directions :

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Stir the shortbread crumbs and sugar together in an 8 x 8 square baking pan. Add the melted butter and stir to combine.
  • Pat the mixture firmly into the pan. Use a spatula, your hand, or the bottom of a glass to press it into the pan.

  • Bake the crust for 20 minutes to a light golden brown. Cool the crust in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes or until it is firm. (Do not place a warm or hot Pyrex dish in the freezer).
  • Melt the caramel bits and milk in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until it is smooth and creamy.

  • Immediately spread the caramel mixture evenly over the crust. Be careful not to tear the crust.
  • Cool the caramel layer in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes or in the freezer for 10 minutes, or until it is firm.

  • Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave for 30 seconds, then stir.
  • Continue to melt in 10-second intervals until it is smooth and creamy. Immediately spread the chocolate evenly over the caramel layer.
  • Let the chocolate dry for a couple of minutes, then sprinkle the top with flaky sea salt. Place the pan in the refrigerator and let them cool completely.

  • To neatly cut Million Dollar Bars, remove the pan of bars from the refrigerator and let it sit out for about 5 minutes.
  • This will allow the chocolate to soften just a bit so it doesn’t crack when cut.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut them into squares or rectangles, to resemble Twix bars.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or in the freezer for up to three months.


  1. These bars can be a bit messy to cut, so be sure to use a sharp knife and wipe it clean between cuts.
  2. If you don’t have corn syrup, you can substitute with honey or maple syrup.
  3. To make these bars a bit healthier, you can try using whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour, and coconut oil instead of butter. You can also use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.


  • Add some chopped nuts to the caramel layer for some extra crunch.
  • Swap out the chocolate chips for white chocolate or peanut butter chips.
  • Add some sea salt on top of the chocolate layer for a sweet and salty twist.

Nutrition Information:

Serving size: 1 bar

Calories: 292

Total Fat: 14g

Saturated Fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 33mg

Sodium: 81mg

Total Carbohydrates: 41g

Fiber: 1g

Sugar: 32g

Protein: 2g

In conclusion, Million Dollar Bars are a delicious and easy dessert recipe that’s sure to impress. With a few simple tweaks, you can customize these bars to your liking, and even make them a bit healthier. So go ahead and give this recipe a try – your taste buds will thank you!


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