March 13, 2019
Mini Egg Millionaires Shortbread!
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Easy Mini egg millionaires shortbread, perfect for Easter. Buttery shortbread dotted with Mini Eggs, homemade caramel, chocolate and even more Mini Eggs!
Mini Egg millionaires
One thing that has been sharing insanely well on my social media channels is millionaires shortbread. I have posted quite a few recipes in the past year that have gone down quite well with my readers, and new readers alike, so I thought I might plug another one whilst Easter goodies are still in the shops. Hello Mini Egg millionaires!
I do already have a wonderful Easter chocolate millionaires shortbread on my blog, which has a buttery chocolatey shortbread, and is topped with Easter treats, but I want to focus purely on all things Mini Egg for this one. I realise it might be a bit ‘plain’ in comparison to other’s I have done.. but having Mini Eggs in the shortbread is key.
I wasn’t really going to post this for a while, as I thought it’s fairly self explanatory to put themed treats on the top of millionaires shortbread, but putting Mini Eggs INSIDE the shortbread as well is revolutionary and heavenly on a whole new level.
I’ve baked this using Galaxy Golden eggs, the M&M Eggs, and all sorts – and they all work well. I just stand by the fact that Mini Eggs are my personal favourite. On instagram recently I asked what people prefer out of Creme Eggs and Mini Eggs, and Mini Eggs won 70% of the vote! Unsurprising really.
For the caramel, you REALLY have to work on it. You can’t cheat and 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, but for millionaires shortbread? You do.
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 it’s worth it. It is delicious and heavenly.
I use a gas hob because I much much prefer it for making caramel. I get that not everyone has gas though – some have electric, some have induction – but on my gas hob, I usually use between level 7 and 6 of strength on a medium-size ring, on my 9 level hob.
You want to use actual unsalted butter – as it creates the best caramel. I use golden syrup, because it creates the most wonderful caramel, as I explain in my video. If you can’t access golden syrup, however – I suggest using the caramel from this recipe post instead.
I personally don’t bother decorating the shortbread with the mini eggs particularly because they end up covered in the caramel – and I don’t really bother much with putting the eggs in the caramel because they just end up melting. The perfect marriage is shortbread + Mini Eggs, caramel, chocolate + Mini Eggs.
I always think the lovely pastel colours of Mini Eggs complement a chocolate background so well, so these always look so delicious to me. You can easily put more Mini Eggs in then I have mentioned, and I have frequently done so myself, but I know some people like to limit the price of the ingredients.
I’m sat eating a slice of this whilst I write this, and it makes me feel like such a true food blogger. A lot of people wonder what I actually do with my days now I have been doing this for over a year full time – and it is essentially just baking cakes, filming/photography and writing about it all.
Obviously there is a lot more to it than that, but that’s the basics. The life of luxury of being able to eat cake all day and call it a job. I do tend to bake all of these beauties quite far in advance of actual Easter as I like to bake ahead, so it’s not too bad, and anything I have leftover after having finished my Easter recipes I just get to eat out of the bag. Hello chocolate heaven.
Anyway, I hope you all love this recipe as much as I, and my taste testers do! Enjoy! x
Mini Egg Millionaires Shortbread!
- 200 g unsalted butter
- 100 g caster sugar
- 275 g plain flour
- 150 g Mini Eggs (crushed)
- 200 g unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp caster sugar
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 397 g condensed milk (one tin)
- 300 g Cadbury's milk chocolate
- 150 g Mini Eggs (crushed)
- Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan, and line a 9x9" deep square tin with parchment paper.
- Cream together your butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.
- Add in the flour and beat again until a biscuit dough is formed!
- Fold through/press in the crushed Mini Eggs and then press into the bottom of the tin.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden on top.
- Once baked, leave to cool on the side, but still in the tin.
- In a large heavy based saucepan, add your butter, sugar, golden syrup and condensed milk and melt on a medium heat until everything is melted and dissolved.
- Once melted, turn the heat up to a medium/high heat and boil the mixture for 5-7 minutes, or until its turned a dark golden colour. Stir constantly so it doesn't catch - and use a spatula so the bottom of the pan is scraped. Be careful, the mixture is VERY hot.
- Pour the caramel over the shortbread and leave to set for an hour in the fridge. (or 2-3 hours on the side)
- Once set, melt your chocolate carefully till smooth, and pour over the caramel.
- Sprinkle on the Mini Eggs, and leave to set in the fridge for 1-2 hours until solid. Alternatively, leave till set on the side - can take a few hours.
- Once set, cut up into your pieces and enjoy!
- This recipe is based on my other millionaires shortbread recipes, just with Mini Eggs added in!
- The Mini Eggs in the shortbread is optional, but amazing.
- You can swap the Mini Eggs for any other egg treat - be careful about soft centred treats like Creme Eggs, they need freezing before baking into the shortbread.
- These will last for up to one week!
- I use a large 26cm knife to cut mine, and cut down in one go so it's easy to slice up. If your caramel is rock solid, take it out of the fridge for an hour before cutting (and it means your caramel is slightly overdone)
- I used this tin!
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I made this today and it looks and tastes amazing! Mini eggs is a must for the shortbread, I use a lot of your recipes and they always seem to be spot on so thank u!!
My chocolate top has not stuck to caramel!!!
Can anyone tell me why?
Totally delicious though
Hi, is there a dairy free/vegan alternative to condensed milk? Thanks
Yes! You can buy a vegan condensed milk in supermarkets. Hope this helps! x
Hi Jane. I made your ordinary Millionaires Shortbread which was delicious. Im now planning this mini egg version. Im just wondering what you used to cut the mini eggs neatly in half for the top? I know for the mini eggs you mix with the shortbread that I can just smash them up with a rolling pin but that wouldn’t be great for the top I don’t think.
Hiya! I use a pestle & mortar to break up my mini eggs! Hope this helps, enjoy! x
Hi Jane, I made these for Easter this year and they were incredibly delicious. Everyone loved them. Thank you for the recipe!
I made this for Easter weekend and it was incredible!! I had never made shortbread or caramel before so was a bit nervous but I think it turned out really well. The family loved it so I will definitely be making again!
Hi. I love your recipes. I’ve made a few of your millionaires recipes but really struggle to cut them without the top from cracking. Any tips? Thanks
Try leaving at room temp for a while before cutting as it makes it easier!
Thank you. I set the chocolate layer overnight at room temperature and then cut it in the morning. Is it best to set it in the fridge and then take it out for an hour or so before cutting? They tasted amazing, would just like them to look amazing too ☺️
Look amazing – just put in the fridge to set! Fingers crossed turn out ok 😊
How should I store them once set?
Is sweetened condensed milk okay or will it make the caramel too sweet? I couldn’t find any unsweeteened.
It could be sweeter yes, but maybe add a little salt to counteract it!
Hi Jane, would these work with milk chocolate chocolate chips in the base instead of mini eggs? Thank you!x
Hey! Yes it will x
I made these yesterday, but my chocolate hasn’t set to the caramel, it just slides off. What could have happened? X
Hiya! We’re not entirely sure – this could be due to moisture between the caramel and chocolate! It may be worth setting your bake at room temperature next time to see if that helps! x
I’m planning on baking this recipe over the Easter bank holiday but can’t seem to find a 9 inch baking tin anywhere! I do have a 8 inch – how would you recommend adjusting the recipe to suit?
Would a 8 inch pan cook okay? Couldn’t find a 9 inch one at all. So excited to make this, looks amazing!
Hi Jane, just wondering if it would be best to use a heavy bottom saucepan to make the caramel? And also, could it still be made on an induction stove? Thankyou 😊
Hi Jane, I love this recipe and works well but when going to cite it even when I set it at room temp and heat the knife etc it cracks really bad, I made lots of your other millionaires with spread and chocolate topping which work perfectly! Would I be able to use part chocolate and part Cadbury spread?
Hi Jane, what sort of pan would I have to use to make the caramel? Would it be a heavy bottomed one?
Hello, yes a heavy based saucepan!x
Thankyou for this recipe and turned out amazing. My caramel isn’t stretchy or stringy though. A bit more like fudge but still good. I boiled for six minutes but can’t get my caramel a darker colour
Hi Jane, wow these look lovely, planning on making some for Easter but was just wondering, what sort of pan would you use to make the caramel? Would it be a heavy bottomed one?
Yes heavy bottomed!
Do these have to be stored in the fridge once set? If not when making them do I leave the caramel and chocolate to set at room temperature or do they still need to go in the fridge until set?
PS. Huge congrats on the book I’ve just pre-orderedmins, can’t wait or it to arrive!!
Hiii! I personally keep them in the fridge and set them in the fridge but room temperature should be fine. Thank you so so much, I hope you love it when it does!xx
What tin do you suggest to use for your Millionaires Shortbread recipes?
Thanks so much – I love your recipes!
Tin size is always listed in the method! this is a 9″ square!
This might be a silly question- but how do you crush the mini eggs? I find it difficult with the shells being so hard!
You can use a bag and a rolling pin, or the side of a large knife, or a pestle and mortar etc!
Ive never been able to master making caramel i always over heat it and it goes too thick! Would I be able to use a tin (397g) of ready made nestle caramel instead if I don’t manage to make the caramel from scratch? Thanks!
Unfortunately that caramel does not set so you can’t use ready made caramel xx
Thanks for the fast reply! Will give it a good go tommorrow! any tips for knowing when it’s done so I don’t over do it?
I’d recommend watching my millionaires shortbread video on YouTube!
Thanks so much! Made these this morning and it turned out perfectly! Another one of your recipes that’s been a huge hit in my house! Love you recipes 😆🙌🏻
I followed this recipe exactly but my caramel is solid… I am going to try again. Any tips on how to keep the caramel soft?
Just boil it for less time xx
Hello Jane! Sorry to bother you! I was planning to make these this week but I’ve a wee question. I normally make your no-bake recipes such as Easter Rocky road in my 7” square tin so that the pieces are ridiculously big 😂 but since this has a baked element I was wondering if it’d be unwise to use a 7”? I’ve ordered the 9” tin you use off Amazon anyways just to be on the safe side.
Hey! So yes a 7″ is about half volume wise so far too small for my 9″ recipes!! X
I’ve made this recipe loads and love it, but I cannot get my caramel to set, it’s sooo runny even when I freeze it. I follow your instructions to the letter and have tried a high heat for longer but nothing works, what would you suggest?
This is really strange – are you definitely using the correct ingredients? An easy mistake would be using evaporated milk instead of condensed milk when making it.
Would the recipe work if you substitute the mini eggs for crunchie instead?
The crunchie may dissolve in the shortbread (I haven’t tried it) but otherwise it would so great for decor on top!
Hi! Can you freeze these? Thanks!
Would Brown sugar work in this recipe (and generally is it ok to use as a replacement for white sugar in recipes)? Thanks
It depends on the recipe – brown sugar changes the colour/flavour of bakes slightly, so can make it harder to tell when the caramel/shortbread is done for example, but otherwise it works.
My daughter and I have made your recipe so many times and love it – it’s our go to bake!
The last two times we’ve made it though the caramel has split and left an oily top which I can only assume is from the butter. I don’t think I’m doing anything differently to what I normally do, but I obviously am. Can you offer me any tips or advice? Would really appreciate as meant to be making them tomorrow for her teachers! 🙂
Usually that means it’s over heated – you can take it off the heat, and beat like crazy and it can bring it back!
Absolutely loved this recipe! I made it to use up some mini eggs left over from Easter and it went down a treat, the whole family loved it. Didn’t have enough mini eggs to put some in the base as well but worked fine without it. Will definitely be making this again at some point!
Made these a few works ago and took them into work. Everyone is still raving about how good they are!
The first time I’ve ever made caramel, it worked and set great! Mini eggs in the shortcake is a great touch, they tasted great.
Ahh yay! Thank you!!
Hi, I can’t get hold of any condensed milk, would evaporated milk be ok as a substitute and do a similar thing? Thanks
No I’m afraid it has to be condensed milk – evaporated milk is very different.
Hi! I haven’t yet made this but was wondering if it’s possible for the shortbread to be made with self raising flour in any way? I can’t get plain flour from any of the shops !! 😩
It can be, it will just have a different texture as it will rise a bit!
My caramel wasnt as dark in colour tasted fine . What would cause it to be very light x
It might just be my photos, but also if you didn’t boil it as long!
These are absolutely delicious! I used a slightly bigger tin (8 x 12 inches), and they turned out perfectly. Will definitely make again!!!
What size tray do you use for these? Also if I wanted thinner layers could I spread these across two trays but use the same amount of ingredients as above.
Size mentioned on the recipe..! And any bigger could create issues when baking.
Just made this for my other half’s birthday – unfortunately I couldn’t find mini eggs so substituted for the mini Oreo eggs. Currently setting but looks delicious! Fab recipe, thank you ☺️
Hi, I am hopeless at making caramel but really want to bake these! If I buy pre-made tinned caramel, how much in grams of this would I need for this recipe? Thanks! xx
You must not use pre-made caramel as it does NOT work – it’s a sloppy mess that will never set. Please make it yourself!
I absolutely love this recipe which I have now made loads of times (you’ve raised a fortune in bake sales!). One question though – I find the consistency of my caramel can vary and I think that’s because my tablespoons of sugar and golden syrup are a bit erratic depending on how generous I’m being? Do you happen to know what weights you use? I find weight much easier than volume…
Oddly, the millionaire’s shortbread is the one thing I love using the spoons for which is why I use them in all the recipes – they should just be level though, just like if a recipe says “1tsp” it should be a level teaspoon spoon. It should be the same, every time you do it! x
I make these every Easter and they turn out fab every time. These are so moreish and decadent and everyone who tries them loves them!! They make a great homemade gift at Easter 😊
This recipe is delicious! I found that when I made the caramel, it seemed to separate a little as I poured it onto the shortbread. It almost looked like melted butter that hadn’t mixed in. Any ideas why this might be ?
It might have split a little if it got too hot or was left to sit – did you definitely use actual unsalted butter? x
Hey, this recipe looks great and I can’t wait to make it over the weekend! However I only have a 11×7 baking tin, do you have any idea what I would have to change the ingredients to to make this work?
I believe the volume isn’t that different for those, so maybe just keep an eye on the shortbread when baking so it doesn’t over bake!
Hi Jane thanks for another amazing recipe I am making this for work next week one of my colleagues is a coeliac I was wondering if I used gluten free flour would it turn out ok?
It should do! I tend to add in 50g more GF flour as I find it can be a little soft, but technically its a straight swap!
I love your website, your choc fudge cake is my favourite recipe ever and everyone I have made it for raves about it!! I have just made these mini egg millionaires. Delicious is not even the word albeit my caramel is more like toffee 😉 Do you think these are freezable?
A little over done then haha! And yes they are x
I have someone who is looking for the biscuit base to be used as cookies and I was wondering once making that dough do you think it’ll be possible to freeze it to use in the future
Yes I’m sure that would be fine!
Perfect. I’ll try it out and see how it goes. I made these the other day and they are amazing. Another perfect recipe
Looks so good , but, I don’t know the amounts in American measurements. And what is Caster sugar and golden syrup in America?
You can convert them yourself using google, and also find your alternatives to caster sugar and golden syrup via google as I’m in the UK.
It says 150g of mini eggs but how much goes into the shortbread mix and how much is left for the top to decorate?
As mentioned in the recipe, it’s 150g for the base, and 150g for the decoration – 300g total.
These look amazing!!!!
Yes! Cannot wait to bake this
Thank you x
Love your recipes! It would be useful to have the chilling time in the timings at the top, as obviously you need a lot longer than 55mins to make these so it’s a bit misleading.
Unfortunately, there is no space for a chilling time section – and it depends on how people chill them e.g. fridge or room temp.
Ahh, that’s a shame. Maybe just a ‘plus chill time’ ? So pleased for you that your website is doing well… I’ve been a fan ever since I made your lemon and elderflower cake for our royal wedding party last year! Best cake ever!
As I said, it can’t be added to the recipe card. There isn’t any space for it in that part. And thank you!