Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe! The ULTIMATE sweet treat that you need to bake during Mini Egg season – this Easter baking project couldn’t simpler, easier or tastier after all!
Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe – simply whip up a shortbread base, make caramel and melt some chocolate. And who could forget adding as many crushed mini eggs as your heart desires? I certainly never forget that part!
It’s hard to believe this beauty has been on the blog for TWO YEARS already! But I have to say, I absolutely love seeing your photos of these every year – you guys always nail them.
And honestly, I’m always impressed you have the ability to remember to take a photo before eating them… that’s something I definitely struggle with!
This is a simple twist on my classic millionaire’s recipe – just add mini eggs and you’ve got one of the best Easter treats around.
Here’s a few reasons you need to make this if you weren’t convinced already…
Why make my Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe?
- All you need to do it make a shortbread base, caramel and melt some chocolate. It’s that easy.
- Honestly, they taste better than any millionaire’s you’ve ever bought. You just can’t beat homemade millionaire’s!
- This recipe has lots of step-by-step photos, so you absolutely can’t go wrong.
- Mini Eggs are gluten-free in the UK, so celebrate that fact by making these!
So what does my Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread taste like?
The base is a buttery, slightly crumbly (but never falling to pieces in your hand!) shortbread that’s thick, soft and indulgent alone.
Then, you’ve got a layer of thick, sticky caramel with a sweet, but not sickly taste that’s perfectly set and golden.
Lastly, the top layer of chocolate adds a satisfying snap and the chunky texture of mini eggs. You just can’t go wrong!
Here’s everything you’ll need for this recipe, keep scrolling until you see the recipe card for the measurements and method…
Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe: What you’ll need…
- gluten-free plain flour
- xanthan gum (optional – but it helps!)
- caster sugar
- golden caster sugar
- golden syrup
- tin of condensed milk
- milk chocolate
- white chocolate
- Mini Eggs
So I thought I’d kick things off with a little frequently asked questions section – if you just want the recipe, then keep scrolling.
But I’ve thrown in some tips here that will be really helpful if this is your first time making this, or you want to adapt it. So here they are!
Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe: Frequently Asked Questions
Is this recipe gluten-free?
It is gluten-free, though nobody would know just by tasting it – trust me!
Bear in mind that minimising cross-contamination is hugely important if you’re Coeliac or making this for someone who is. Here’s some tips from Coeliac UK on minimising the risk of cross contamination.
Also, make sure that all ingredients used don’t have any gluten-containing ingredients. Then make sure that they also don’t have a ‘may contain’ warning for gluten, wheat, rye, barley, oats (which aren’t gf), spelt and khorasan wheat (aka Kamut).
Here’s some more info from Coeliac UK on identifying safe gluten-free products.
Can I make your Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe dairy free?
Unfortunately, this is one of those recipes where, by the time you made all the swaps to make this dairy-free… it would be a different recipe entirely!
As this is the case, I’ll be working on a separate millionaire’s shortbread recipe that’s totally dairy-free. So watch out for that one – I’m working on it and it’s coming soon!
Can I make your Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe vegan?
Sadly, the same goes for making this vegan, as I mentioned above.
My future dairy-free Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread will be vegan too!
Is your Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe low FODMAP?
Unfortunately, this recipe contains a lot of dairy, so you won’t be able to attempt this until you’ve successfully reintroduced dairy.
Are Mini eggs gluten-free?
Yes, they are in the UK! They don’t have any gluten-containing ingredients or a ‘may contain’ warning for gluten.
Tap here to read the ingredients label for yourself – it never hurts to double-check! You’ll find them down the seasonal aisle in the supermarket.
Can I make this using a tin of caramel?
No – tinned caramel will never set, even when chilled. When you go to cut these, you’ll end up with a huge mess!
The caramel we’re making in this recipe is one that completely sets and holds its shape once chilled. Unfortunately, you can’t buy a caramel like that!
Can I use a food processor or stand mixer to make this?
You can happily use either a food processor, stand mixer or an electric hand whisk to make the shortbread base.
For me, because there isn’t any prolonged mixing periods, I find an electric hand whisk to be more than sufficient for the job!
Can I make your Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe completely by hand?
Yes of course! Just make sure you really beat your butter and sugar together to ensure it’s all consistently mixed.
After that, all you’ve got to do is mix in the gluten-free plain flour and xanthan gum, which is fine to do by hand.
Just ensure your mixture looks the same as mine does in the step-by-step photos before you stop mixing and you’ll be fine!
Do I need any special equipment to make your Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe?
As I mentioned, you should definitely make this recipe by hand, so you certainly don’t need any crazy appliances or anything like that.
What you will need however is a 9″ square baking tin – here’s the one I use. Apart from that, you’ll just need a little baking paper too!
How do I know when the caramel is done?
You’re looking for a lovely, thick and golden caramel after you’ve turned up the heat and stirred it constantly.
If it’s thin and like the consistency of caramel you’d get into a chocolate bar, it’s not thick enough.
See the video at the top of this post for a visual indicator of how thick it should be and what it should look like!
Can I use caster sugar instead of golden caster sugar for the caramel?
Yes, of course! It doesn’t have quite the same flavour and the caramel will come out looking a lot more yellow and pale.
To be honest, it’s mostly the colour of the caramel that made me use golden caster sugar. So if you don’t mind the change in colour, go for it!
Can I use gluten-free self-raising flour instead of plain?
I wouldn’t recommend it – gluten-free plain flour is the way to go for this recipe.
Why? Well, we don’t want the shortbread base to rise at all! It needs to be flat in order to be the perfect base for your caramel.
Otherwise you won’t get those distinctive layers and it can make the shortbread very fragile.
Can I make this recipe using other gluten free flours like buckwheat flour or coconut flour?
There’s a big difference between ‘gluten free plain/self-raising flour’ and a *singular* type gluten free flour.
When I say ‘gluten free plain or self-raising flour’ in a recipe, I mean a BLEND of gluten free flours, not just one, singular flour. I buy mine down the free from aisle of my local supermarket.
Definitely go for a gluten free flour blend.
Do I need weighing scales to make your gluten-free Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread?
In short… yes, yes and yes! And I wouldn’t advise attempting any my recipes without them.
A lot of work went into fine tuning ratios and quantities and for me, baking is all about consistency and precision. I want you to make this recipe and for it to turn out EXACTLY like mine did.
I’d recommending using digital cooking scales like these so you know you’re getting an accurate measurement and replicating my recipe as accurately as poss.
How can I tell when my gluten-free Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread are ready to cut?
Once the chocolate has set, they’re ready to cut.
The caramel should have completely set before you poured on the chocolate, so no need to wait any longer for the caramel or anything like that!
How long can I keep my gluten-free Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread for?
I’ve kept them for about 4-5 days in an air-tight container with no problems. If you need to keep them any longer than that, I’d highly recommend freezing them (see advice below for doing that).
Can I freeze my gluten-free Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread?
Of course! I’ve frozen them for up to 2-3 months no problem. Slice them up before freezing – that way you can simply defrost slices as and when you need them.
Plus, they’ll thaw a lot quicker. When you want to eat one, each slice should take around 3 hours to defrost at room temperature. You’d never know they were frozen!
Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe: Method
Firstly, line a 9in (20cm) square tin with baking/parchment paper, make sure you have excess baking paper coming up over the sides of the tin to make it easier to lift your bake out later. Preheat your oven to around 160C Fan (180C).
Cream together your softened butter and caster sugar using an electric hand whisk until light and fluffy (you can do this by hand it will just take longer!).
Once combined, add in your gluten free plain flour and xanthan gum (if using). Mix together once more. Use your hands to bring the dough together into a ball. It will be a little crumbly but only slightly – its shortbread so it’s not a problem!
Press your dough into your pre-prepared tin. Push it right into the corners and try to make it nice and evenly flat.
Prick the top all over with a fork and place in the oven for about 20-22 minutes until slightly golden on top. Put to one side and allow to cool.
To make your caramel, place all your caramel ingredients into a saucepan on a low/medium heat. Allow the butter to melt and the sugar to dissolve. Mix well to ensure it doesn’t stick to the bottom and is combined.
Turn the heat up so the mixture starts to bubble a little. Keep stirring continuously for 5-8 minutes, the mixture should have thickened and also developed into a darker golden colour.
Pour the caramel carefully and evenly over the shortbread base and place in the fridge for about 2 hours to set.
Once your caramel is set, melt your milk and white chocolate in separate bowls. Pour the milk chocolate over the caramel, spreading it to the sides. Drizzle over the white chocolate and drag a skewer through it to make a pattern, then top with crushed mini eggs.
Place in the fridge to set for another hour or so.
Remove from the tin (I leave it out for about 20 minutes before slicing to warm up a little or else he chocolate can be hard to cut), cut into slices using a warm knife (this helps the top not crack) and enjoy!
Oh and here’s a printable version of my Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe. Please remember to give it 5 stars if you tried it and enjoyed it as it helps people know it’s worth trying too! ⭐️
Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe - the ULTIMATE Easter baking project that's easy and fun to make! You can't go wrong with this one. Nutritional info is estimated and not always accurate.
For the shortbread base
For the caramel
For the chocolate topping
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 528Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 206mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 2gSugar: 40gProtein: 6g
Mini Egg millionaire’s shortbread recipe - the ULTIMATE Easter baking project that's easy and fun to make! You can't go wrong with this one.
Nutritional info is estimated and not always accurate.
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