Millionaire Bars [+15 More Vintage Cookie Recipes]

Hi there! Today I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite treats with you. These seriously sinful salted caramel millionaire bars absolutely live up to their name, and I guarantee you will love them! People will be begging for this vintage cookie recipe. I make them every-single Christmas, and the one year I didn’t, I heard about it, LOL.

When we lived in England, friends introduced me to these amazing short-bread/caramel/chocolate bars, and so now I think of them as a British delicacy. Though I’ve since discovered that an Australian “invented” them back in the 1970’s. So thanks to our friends Down Under for introducing them to the world(!).

And just in case you “need” more than one new cookie recipe, I asked some blogger friends for their vintage recipes so I could share them with you. At the end of this post, you’ll find a host of other old-fashioned examples to choose from. Enjoy!
Salted Caramel Millionaire Bars
I do have to caution you–they are both seriously good AND seriously irresistible! Be safe and make them to bring to an event or give to a friend in order to avoid the problem of eating the whole pan by yourself–not that I’ve ever done that(!).

It took a few tries to solve the too crumbly shortbread issue, the runny caramel problem, and the cracking chocolate situation. And ultimately, they desperately needed salt. But I’m now quite satisfied with the recipe, and I hope you will be too.

Make the Millionaire Bar Crust

Mixing the dough and spraying the panFirst, mix the crust ingredients together with a mixer. If the dough doesn’t come together, mix it with your hands. Line your pan with foil and grease it. Using foil allows you to lift the bars out of the pan using the ends of the foil, which will make it easier to cut the bars.

Spreading the dough in the panUsing a spatula (or your hands), press the dough into the bottom of the pan. Pop it into the oven to bake while you make the caramel.

Make the Caramel

Caramel ingredientsPlace all of the caramel ingredients, except the vanilla, into a saucepan and prepare as described in the recipe below.

Making the caramel and spreading it over the crustOnce your caramel has finished cooking, spread it over you crust. While it cools, prepare the chocolate topping.

Prepare the Chocolate Topping

chocolate chips and spreading on the chocolate toppingMelt the chocolate and shortening in the microwave and stir. Once the mixture is completely smooth, spread over the caramel. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens.

aerial view of salted caramel millionaire barsWhen you’re ready to cut them, let them sit out of the fridge for about 15 minutes, then cut using a sharp knife. Just before serving, crack some sea salt on top–scrumptious!

Salted Caramel Millionaire Bar Recipe


1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp. corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
6 oz. semi-sweet chips
1 tbsp shortening
Sea salt (in grinder)
  1. For the crust, mix together the butter and sugar, add flour, mixing with your hands if necessary.
  2. Line a 9 a 9” x 9” (or 7” x 11”) pan with foil; grease.
  3. Press the crust into the pan using your hands or a spatula and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  4. For the caramel, mix all ingredients but vanilla in a saucepan.
  5. Bring to a boil, then boil for seven minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Cool the caramel and then add vanilla.
  7. Pour cooled caramel onto the crust.
  8. Melt chocolate and shortening in the microwave (30-60 seconds); pour over caramel, spreading to smooth.
  9. Put in the fridge to firm up the chocolate.
  10. When ready to cut, remove from the fridge and allow them to sit for 15 minutes to soften slightly.
  11. Cut into 1 1/2” squares with a sharp knife; grind some sea salt on the surface; serve!

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millionaire bars with pine cone

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  1. Your caramel bars sound so good! Thank you so much for including my mom’s Best Italian Cookies in your collection! Merry Christmas!

  2. I’m from UK ans we had these treats at bake sales and birthdays. We called them Chocolate Caramel Squares. Not nearly as fun as Millionaires Shortbread but still as delicious.

    1. I only allow myself to make them once a year because I eat too many, LOL. We just had a couple of friends over and they loved them!! Thanks for stopping by Gillian 🙂

  3. A delicious recipe with a wonderful history and tradition! Thanks so much for including my surprise cookies among your vintage cookie list.
    Merry Christmas!

  4. Your salted caramel millionaire bars sound so delicious I can’t wait to make a batch. Thanks so much for including my recipes as well. I’m going to hop over and visit more of these posts!

  5. OHHHH! These sound good. I printed the recipe but am NOT going to try it right now! Too many calories floating around this house right now! Last batch (Of a 3/4 full trash bag) of Chex mix is in the oven; everyone gets a bag! This year my only cookie was a cake mix turned into cookies–chocolate, of course, with those tiny M&Ms–I turned 2 into an ice cream sandwich! Bake and wrap are currently dirty words in this household! Merry Christmas!

  6. I have an affinity for caramel big time so these sound delish! I feel your pain — I made some cookies and I’m the one whose eating them the most lol Thanks for sharing all these recipes at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

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