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Buttery orange flavoured shortbread, delicious homemade caramel, and Terry’s chocolate orange goodness on top. Perfect Christmas traybake!

Chocolate orange millionaires!

So, yeah… chocolate orange themed millionaires shortbread anyone?! Honestly, I have wanted to post this recipe FOR SO LONG but I wanted to hold off till Christmas time.

I simply adore Terry’s chocolate orange and I simply adore millionaires shortbread, so this recipe was a bit of a given. I’ve made this several times, and I adore the extra Orange in the shortbread, rather than just the chocolate orange melted on top.

Similar recipe

I decided to go quite similarly along the lines of my salted caramel millionaires shortbread as the recipe is just so popular and works so well. It was quite simple to adapt to make it Christmas themed by using Terry’s chocolate orange on top, and drizzling over some orange coloured chocolate as well.


Also, using the orange flavouring in the shortbread gave it that extra kick I wanted. Of course, this is optional, but its OH SO YUMMY and moreish. When I gave these to my trusty taste testers, they devoured them. I realise I say this a lot, but I have a hungry bunch of taste testers, and if they don’t like something, they do say!

I obviously used Terry’s chocolate orange, but you can use whatever flavoured chocolate you like. Even the Lindt chocolates for example, or a flavoured Cadburys chocolate!


For the caramel, you REALLY have to work on it. You can’t use a tin of carnations caramel and stick it on top as it doesn’t set. You can’t really skip the steps, as it really is a caramel. I don’t often make my caramels from complete scratch as many of my readers prefer the easier versions, and I get that.

You have to make sure to stir the caramel a lot to prevent it from catching and burning. I use a medium level of heat, and a larger pan so its easier to stir. You have to be careful as it obviously does get VERY hot, but its worth it. It is delicious and heavenly.



Terry's Chocolate Orange Millionaires Shortbread!

Buttery orange flavoured shortbread, delicious homemade caramel, and Terry's chocolate orange goodness on top. Perfect Christmas traybake!
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Category: Dessert
Type: Millionaires Shortbread
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Decorating: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16 People
Author: Jane's Patisserie


Shortbread Ingredients

  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 275 g plain flour
  • Zest 2 oranges

Caramel Ingredients

  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 397 g condensed milk (one tin)


  • 300 g Terry's chocolate orange
  • 75 g white chocolate
  • Orange food colouring
  • Terry's chocolate orange segments


  • Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan, and line a 9" deep square tin with parchment paper.
  • Cream together the sugar and butter in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until smooth – mix in the flour and orange zest until a dough is formed. It will be crumbly but the ingredients will be evenly dispersed!
  • Firmly press the mixture into the bottom of tin and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until pale golden on top!
  • Once baked, remove from the oven and leave to the side. In a large saucepan pour the condensed milk, butter, sugar, and golden syrup and melt on a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved – stir frequently to stop anything from catching.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat up high and let the mixture come to boiling point and boil for 5-7 minutes stiring constantly so that the mixture doesn’t catch. BE CAREFUL as the mixture is VERY hot and can burn you if it splashes back! 
  • The mixture will be ready when it has changed to a slightly darker golden colour, and has thickened to a soft fudge texture!
  • Pour the caramel onto the shortbread base and leave to set for an hour in the fridge.
  • Once set, melt the chocolate orange and pour over the caramel – melt the white chocolate and mix with a little orange food colouring and swirl it into the chocolate orange with the end of a cake skewer so it forms a pretty pattern or just drizzle it over.
  • Put a chocolate orange slice on it for each piece when you eventually cut it. Chill the shortbread back in the fridge for another 1-2 hours until the chocolate has gone hard**!
  • Chop your shortbread into the separate pieces and enjoy!


  • This will keep in an airtight container for at least 1 week – if they last that long!
  • If you caramel is rock solid when you remove it from the fridge, you have slightly over done it. Not to worry though, when you pour the chocolate on, leave it to set at room temperature rather than in the fridge and it should soften the caramel slightly.
  • **If you struggle to cut your shortbread and tray bakes without the chocolate cracking on top, set it at room temperature rather than in the fridge and it’ll be softer so therefore won’t crack when you cut it!
  • You can use normal milk chocolate if you wish, or even use orange extract to flavour it this traybake.

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  1. Kate on January 21, 2024 at 11:56 am

    5 stars
    These are an absolute favourite of my daughter’s dance teacher! Always make some for her at Christmas and for her birthday (literally making them today for that very reason). I have finally managed the last few times to use this caramel recipe successfully. I used to do it a different way which was gooier and didn’t give the neat appearance of this caramel. I also don’t colour the chocolate. Everytime it becomes available, I stock up on Terry’s white chocolate products and just use that instead because it keeps up the orange flavour theme, just not the colour.

  2. Clare on March 10, 2023 at 9:00 pm

    Can these be put in the freezer? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 13, 2023 at 2:45 pm

      Absolutely, for up to 3 months! Hope this helps! x

  3. Lynn on January 21, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    5 stars
    Hello Jane

    I’d like to try this out, can I use milk chocolate and orange extract? How much extract would be needed? Also is the amount of milk chocolate the same as the amount of chocolate orange?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 31, 2023 at 3:21 pm

      Hiya! Yes, this should be fine using the same amount of milk chocolate – the extract depends on the brand, but I usually recommend 1 tsp. Hope this helps! x

  4. Sophie on December 1, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Would you be able to substitute the shortbread base for a cookie base and then add the caramel and chocolate on top?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 2, 2021 at 2:42 pm

      Yes absolutely! Take a look at my Millionaires Cookie Bar recipe. Hope this helps! x

  5. Tammy on November 27, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    4 stars
    Hi Jane, I followed every step and it all came out perfect apart from the white chocolate part…. I used Terry’s white chocolate orange pieces and then once melted added liquid food colouring which turned out unusable.
    So I gave up and just swirled white chocolate to the top and added a chocolate orange piece.
    They taste delicious….. I’ve just ordered your book and cannot wait to try other recipes.

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 28, 2021 at 2:59 pm

      Hiya! As you used liquid colouring, it caused the chocolate to seize! You need to use a gel or oil colouring when colouring chocolate!

  6. Zoe on November 26, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Hey! 🙂

    Can I substitute the orange zest for orange extract and if so how much do you recommend please?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 30, 2021 at 11:02 am

      Hiya! Yes absolutely – i’d recommend using 1tsp per orange. Hope this helps! x

  7. Kathrina Ruddock on October 7, 2021 at 5:27 am

    Hi Jane
    I don’t have Terrys chocolate orange where I live so just wondered can I add orange extract to the milk chocolate for the top of the millionaires? If so how many spoonfuls please?



  8. Lauren on March 17, 2021 at 10:13 am

    5 stars
    I’ve made these a few times and they’ve turned out PERFECT! But the last time I made them the caramel was so gloopy that I couldn’t even cut them into slicesm. I set it in the fridge for 2 hours before putting on the melted choc. Any ideas on what I did wrong? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 17, 2021 at 2:38 pm

      Did you accidentally use evaporated milk or light condensed milk? x

  9. Maddy on December 24, 2020 at 6:10 am

    4 stars
    I love orange chocolate and was really excited to make this. I followed the recipe and my shortbread was undercooked. I cooked if for an extra 10 minutes thinking that would help but it turned out still undercooked. Still tasted great but I might put it on a higher temp next time.

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 27, 2020 at 11:27 am

      Ah yes, it just sounds like the oven temp was too low!

  10. Janine on December 21, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious and easy to make. Previously I made someone else’s millionaires shortbread and the caramel wasn’t good. I realise now that I hadn’t boiled it for long enough. Following your 5 – 7 (I did the full 7) minutes boil gave perfect results.

  11. mia on December 20, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    5 stars
    made these last week. they are absolutely beautiful cannot wait to make them again x

  12. Shannon on December 18, 2020 at 11:50 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, I made this recipe last week and my caramel turned out great as I first thought then when pouring into the tin there was a lot of oil at the top and once set it was rock solid and I couldn’t cut it, any ideas where I went wrong? Did I over cooked the caramel although it wasn’t burnt. Thank you I’m advance!

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 19, 2020 at 9:42 am

      That sounds very over done – it won’t necessarily burn if its over done. x

  13. Gemma Quinn on December 9, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Jane,

    Love this recipe although I am struggling to find orange food colouring. I have tried rainbow dust progel orange and keeps coming out pink or if I add more colour it turns to a red. What one do you use?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 9, 2020 at 7:58 pm

      Oh how strange! It may be worth trying a different brand such as colour splash! x

    • Charlie on December 14, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      5 stars
      Mine came out red too, I added a bit of yellow progel and it went orange!

  14. Sophie on December 2, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    5 stars
    Just wondering is there a specific brand of white chocolate I should use?

    Loving all the recipes I’ve tried so far, thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 2, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      No there isn’t – it’s more the food colouring that can cause a problem! Liquid ones should be avoided! x

  15. Sasha on November 29, 2020 at 10:57 am

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe 😊

  16. Saskia on November 19, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Hi if I was just buy a the caramel in a tin would it still work the same if I heated it and then added it

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 19, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      No – I really would recommend following the recipe. x

  17. Nikki on September 24, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    5 stars
    I love this recipe especially at Christmas time but I have an Osijek, everytime I add food colouring to the white chocolate it congealed and goes really funny, any tips on adding colouring to white chocolate?

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 24, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      You have to use the correct type of colouring – if it seizes, it’s not for chocolate. In the UK I use sugar flair, colour splash, pro-gel!

  18. Louise on July 12, 2020 at 11:13 am

    5 stars
    Set really well and look delicious! Biscuit base is slightly crumbly, how would I fix this?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 12, 2020 at 7:16 pm

      When you add the shortbread you need to really push it down and make the ingredients firm and maybe bake for slightly less time? x

  19. Vicky on July 7, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Jane, what orange food colouring do you recommend?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 8, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      I use progel, sugar flair, wilton, colour splash!

  20. Zoe on July 1, 2020 at 10:02 am

    5 stars
    Hey jane! I love this recipe, tried so many of yours and I always compliment your recipes to everyone I make for, when doing this one, can I make a smaller batch?? How would I work this out sorry? Thanks again! X

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 1, 2020 at 1:54 pm

      Hey! So I usually say half is about a 7″ square tin – and then I would just halve everything! x

  21. Violet on June 5, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Jane,
    Which orange extract do you find the best?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 5, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      I love any Valencian supermarket ones or Nielsen Massey!

  22. Gareth on June 2, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    5 stars
    Made these the other day and absolutely loved them and couldn’t stop myself from tucking into just 1 more every time! I also used the recipe for the Mini Egg Millionaire Shortbread’s around Easter time and those were delicious as well (my wife’s favourite out of the 2 recipes)! By far the best layer of caramel I have ever tasted and nice & easy recipes to follow, thank you so much Jane, looking forward to trying out more of your recipes in the future 🙂

  23. Rebecca Connelly on May 23, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    5 stars
    Hey really want to try and nail this recipe! I was just wondering what the best way is to melt the Terry’s chocolate? I tried to do it in the pot (was a mistake) but it burned before it was all smooth? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 23, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      So you either melt chocolate in a microwave (some need it on half heat), or you melt it in a double boiler (a bowl above a pan of simmering water) – chocolate can’t often be melted straight in a pan on the hob! X

  24. Sarah on May 23, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Personally, I don’t think the calories count, because if you are counting them, you really shouldn’t be eating millionaires shortcake! 🤣

  25. Kirstie on May 17, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Jane. When setting the caramel… Do I have to wait for it to cool. To out it in the fridge or does it go in hot? Thankyou x

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 18, 2020 at 11:18 am

      I put it in the fridge whilst still hot personally!

  26. Zoe on May 12, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    5 stars
    Hey 🙂 I love all your recipes! But when I was doing the caramel, I left it bubble until the sugar was dissolved and then upped the temp to make it bubble and to turn colour, but I don’t know if I done it to long as soon as this their seemed to be like oil over costing the caramel? Can you tell me what I done wrong please? I can never seem to get the caramel right 🙁

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 12, 2020 at 4:27 pm

      So when you are dissolving the sugar, it shouldn’t be boiling – it just needs to melt down slowly! Then, you start the boiling – and if you over do it or have the heat too high it can split a bit! You can sometimes bring it off the heat and whisk it till it comes back together! I’d recommend watching my Millionaires Shortbread video on YouTube as I show exactly how I make the caramel!

  27. Bethany on May 11, 2020 at 10:11 am

    4 stars
    Hi Jane! I made these and they were delicious apart from the fact my shortbread tasted a bit sour from the zest of the orange! Do you know why this could be? Is it too much zest, or perhaps the oranges I was using?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 11, 2020 at 11:06 am

      It could be the oranges you were using – for me it just makes it orangey! You can use orange extract instead!

  28. Beci Kelly on May 2, 2020 at 7:22 am

    5 stars
    Loved making these!
    Easy to follow your recipe 😊
    they look amazing and taste beautiful (very sweet!)
    I think I over cooked my caramel though as it is more chewy than I expected 🙈 do you think this will be the case?
    Thank you
    Beci 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 2, 2020 at 10:08 am

      Hey! Ahh thank you! And yes if they’re chewy that means they’re slightly overdone is all!

  29. Gemma on April 27, 2020 at 7:09 am

    5 stars
    I made these. Absoloutley delicious and easy to follow too, thankyou. Quick question though on your nutritional values it’s states how many calories per portion. How many portions did you make from it? I cut mine into 20 as I used the smaller segments of Terry’s. Just wondered if yours would be cut into less pieces with it being larger segments?

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 27, 2020 at 9:23 am

      Mine is 16 portions as stated on the recipe! The nutritional values are only estimated however as it depends entirely on what exact ingredients you use and so on!

  30. lauren on April 24, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    When making the shortbread base, it was more like a dough than crumbly, but i used the correct ingredients and volumes, do you know a reason for this

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 24, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Do you mean after it’s finished baking? If so it just needed a little more baking! If you mean before baking, its perfect and will bake very well!

  31. Lucy on December 13, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Hi Jane,
    Do you think this could be frozen at all?

  32. Kirsty on November 9, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    5 stars
    Just made this, looks great and can’t wait to eat it! Thanks for the great recipe!

  33. Linda Murray on November 6, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I have just made this recipe, looks great but I have failed with the simple melting of white choc and adding orange food colour, as soon as the food colour is added it goes too thick ,help

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 6, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      What colouring did you use?

    • Alice on November 16, 2019 at 3:01 pm

      5 stars
      I had the same problem! Once I started adding the orange food colouring to the melted white chocolate, it turned really thick. To solve the problem, I just mixed in some sunflower oil, but any neutral oil would work!

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 16, 2019 at 4:01 pm

      What white chocolate did you use..? A lot of colourings will never work with chocolate.

  34. Lori on October 28, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Hi Jane,
    As it happens I’m an absolute newbie to caramel cooking. Your recipe seems too delicious not to try it out though 🙂
    Just checking because I’m very unsure and easily confused. Caramel always appears to be very liquid in all kinds of media and seems to remain liquid even in a fridge. (Correct me if I’m wrong)
    Also most “caramel tutorials” have the sugar cooked first and and then when it’s melted/turned brown have butter/cream/milk etc added. Then again it seems you use less sugar, but more milk/butter than most caramel recipes do.
    I am considering doing my caramel the “traditional” way for it seems a bit easier, adding butter/milk/syrup only afterwards. Could I also do that? Would it also have the same desired “fudgey” consistency?
    Thank you very much 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 29, 2019 at 9:00 am

      I would advise following the recipe – as you can see in the photos it sets and is not a liquid after… and that’s because of the recipe.

  35. Kerrie Turner on February 21, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Hi jane, when i did the caramel its burnt the bottom of my sause pan and left burnt bits init how do i resolve this

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 21, 2019 at 8:30 pm

      Hiya – do you mean to get the caramel off the pan? Add some water and boil the water to warm the pan through and then clean. If you mean to stop it happening during making the caramel, turn the heat down a smidge and make sure to use a spatula that scrapes the bottom so nothing is left there too long to burn.

  36. Emily on December 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane!
    I just wondered if you have any tips on how to cut this nicely? I’ve made the millionaires on many occasion but the struggle I find is the chocolate cracks on top when I remove from the fridge to portion. I’ve tried leaving it a while as well but always seem to crack it! I just wanted to check if there was a method of keeping the presentation of these a little neater.Thanks in advance 🙂 xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 4, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      I use a really large (26cm) chefs knife to cut mine, as they’re so sharp they are much easier to cut! The best thing to do is to just set it at room temperature rather then in the fridge at all so it should be easier! xx

    • Lisa on November 7, 2019 at 8:50 am

      Let it set so far then score the cut marks into the chocolate then let set fully, this normally helps with cutting the chocolate when done.

  37. Jayne on October 14, 2018 at 9:35 am

    5 stars
    My caramel came out a bit grainy, do you know why this might be?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 14, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Sometimes grainy caramel can be a number of things – often electric/induction hobs cause this in comparison to gas (no idea why but its a thing apparently!), or the sugar didn’t dissolve correctly before the mixture boiled x

    • Ludka on November 29, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      5 stars
      I have done it three batches, two of them turned grainy. I know why, now. I left my melting butter split, then it stayed on top of condensed milk, looked horrible. So I washed my saucepan and again washed it in very cold water to bring its temperature completely down. Start again, butter, milk, sugar, syrup. Lower heat. Stirring constantly from start to end to make sure butter won’t split. Bring it to boil still stirring but very steadily as mixture is extremely hot. 3minutes after… Ta daa. Nice and smooth caramel done. Only thing is, it’s never that dark brown as on video 🙁

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 29, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      Sometimes it just will be differently coloured – also, you have to remember lighting can affect a photo/video, so as long as its sets and is tasty the colour doesn’t matter so much! Also, I boil mine for 5-7 minutes, so 3 minutes would be a lighter caramel colour.

  38. steph on September 23, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Jane how much Terry’s chocolate orange do you melt

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 23, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      300g as mentioned in the recipe x

    • Angela Freeman on May 16, 2020 at 9:43 am

      Can you use willow butter spread instead of butter for the shortbread.?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 16, 2020 at 9:59 am

      I personally do recommend using actual butter, or a spread like stork – but I haven’t used the willow brand before!

  39. Bb83 on September 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    dans la recette en quoi consiste le sirop doré? merci d’avance pour votre reponse

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 19, 2018 at 9:29 am

      Golden Syrup is a syrup available in the UK, you will need to google your alternative.

  40. Lorraine on May 5, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    What temperature on a sugar thermometer should the caramel be when ready. I feel it would be much more helpful if you wrote that as part of the recipe.

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 5, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      As you can see from the recipe, and every single other Millionaires recipe on my blog, and when googled any recipe I have seen of Millionaires Shortbread, they don’t state a temperature. There isn’t a temperature to boil it too, its the timing. I feel it would be much more helpful if you gave it a go first.

    • Karen on July 29, 2018 at 7:08 pm

      5 stars

    • Henry on September 20, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      5 stars
      I’m not sure if Lorraine though that was hilarious….. Poor Lorraine.

  41. Megan on March 28, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Hello 🙂 These look amazing, can I use tinned caramel?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 29, 2018 at 8:22 am

      Thank you! And I would recommend making your own as tinned caramel won’t set properly and will be a splodgy mess x

  42. Aki b on January 29, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    My caramel set and was rock hard Wat I do wrong

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 31, 2018 at 9:48 am

      You over did it – try a couple less minutes next time.

  43. Maresa Leigh on December 21, 2017 at 9:17 am

    if substituting the orange zest for orange extract, how much would you add?

  44. Az on December 12, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Is there a way of making the caramel slightly orange flavoured? Would it even be possible to make a seasonal alcoholic version with cointreau in it?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 13, 2017 at 9:21 am

      You can add orange zest to the caramel, but the alcohol might affect the consistency of the caramel.

  45. helen ludlow on December 4, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    they look amazing….

  46. Audre on December 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Hi Jane
    Just reading through the ingredients/recipe, I notice your title for the caramel is salted caramel but you use unsalted butter and no other salt addition so wondered how the caramel becomes salted – or have I missed something!

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 4, 2017 at 11:55 am

      No its just meant to be Caramel – writing multiple recipes at once I wrote the wrong thing haha sorry!

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