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MILLIONAIRE'S SHORTBREAD

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1 h 30 min

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4,196,712 views  This week on Basics, it's time to make the ultimate cookie: millionaire's shortbread.

4 Servings

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INGREDIENTS

For the Shortbread

¼ cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp kosher salt

½ cup unsalted butter, melted

1 cup all purpose flour

Raw/turbinado sugar, sprinkled

For the Caramel

¼ cup unsalted butter

7 sweetened condensed milk

½ cup light brown sugar

¼ cup corn syrup

¼ cup heavy cream

½ tsp kosher salt

For the Chocolate

4 oz dark chocolate

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Shortbread

1.

In a large bowl, add brown sugar, vanilla extract, kosher salt, and melted butter. Give it a whisk until everything is smooth and homogenous. Afterwards, add all-purpose flour and whisk together until the right consistency is reached. The dough should hold its shape when pressed together, but should also be nice and crumbly.

¼ cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp kosher salt

½ cup unsalted butter, melted

1 cup all purpose flour

2.

Line a lasagna pan with aluminum foil. Trim one sheet widthwise and another lengthwise and lay into the pan (just like you would for brownies). Rub the aluminum foil down with butter so that the shortbread doesn’t stick.

unsalted butter, melted

3.

Press the dough into the pan using wet fingers. Use a large spatula to flatten the top and ensure that the dough is evenly spread in the pan. Dock the dough by piercing all over with a fork then sprinkle turbinado sugar across the top. Place into a 350℉ oven for 17-22 minutes.

Raw/turbinado sugar, sprinkled

4.

Remove from oven and let cool for 2 hours on a wire rack.

5.

For the Caramel

1.

Add the unsalted butter, sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, corn syrup, heavy cream and kosher salt to a saucepan.

¼ cup unsalted butter

7 sweetened condensed milk

½ cup light brown sugar

¼ cup corn syrup

¼ cup heavy cream

½ tsp kosher salt

2.

Whisk the ingredients together on the stove over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and whisk frequently for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until it reaches 236℉. It’s going to stall around 225℉, but keep whisking until it reaches 236℉.

3.

To end up with the perfect consistency, the caramel needs to be at a temperature of at least 236℉ and no more than 240℉.

4.

Once the target caramel temperature has been achieved, pour it over the shortbread and use an offset spatula to push it into all the corners and spread it out nice and even. Tap the pan a few times against the countertop to pop any bubbles.

For the Shortbread

5.

Set aside and let cool completely.

6.

For the Tempered Chocolate

1.

To make the tempered chocolate topping, start with dark chocolate in wafer form. Take about 1/4 of the chocolate and chop it finely, then set aside.

4 oz dark chocolate

2.

Melt the remaining chocolate over a double boiler. Dump the chocolate in and stir. Allow it to melt, and do not let it exceed a temperature of 120℉.

3.

Remove from the heat to finish melting, if necessary, and then take it off the heat completely. Immediately add in the remaining finely chopped chocolate and stir until smooth and tempered.

4.

Once the chocolate reaches 82℉, pour it over the cooled caramel. Push it into all of the corners and spreading it out evenly with an offset spatula.

For the Caramel

5.

Give the pan a wiggle and a few taps on the countertop to even out and pop any remaining bubbles.

6.

Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes, or until the chocolate is set.

7.

Use the aluminum foil handles to lift the shortbread out of the pan. Slowly and carefully peel off the aluminum foil and get ready to slice.

For the Shortbread

8.

Cut into bars of desired length and serve. I recommend first gently slicing just into the chocolate, then slicing all the way through the rest of the cookie, so that the chocolate doesn’t break. Enjoy!

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