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Is Millionaire’s Shortbread Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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The pinnacle of all sweet treats has to be the millionaire shortbread, why else would it have such a decadent name? But is this indulgent baked good suitable for vegans? Keep reading to find out. 

What is a millionaire’s shortbread?

Whether you’re challenging your home baking skills, or after a sugary cafe treat, this chocolatey, caramel traybake is the creme de la creme for bakers. There are three main components – a crumbly shortbread base, a thick middle layer of sweet caramel and a topping of tempered chocolate. 

a stack of millionaires shortbread

Why is it called millionaire’s shortbread?

Well, somewhat disappointingly, the best answer we could find is that the ingredients are so rich it tastes like a million dollars (not that it costs anywhere near that to make, or even buy).

Is millionaire’s shortbread suitable for vegans?

Traditionally, no, they’re not vegan-friendly for as many reasons as there are layers. Shortbread generally contains dairy butter, caramel again is made from butter and condensed milk and the layer of chocolate also usually contains milk. 

pieces of dark vegan chocolate

However, all of these things are easily substituted for plant-based ingredients – plant butter, non-dairy milk and dark or vegan milk chocolate.

Vegan millionaire’s shortbread recipe

Here’s our vegan recipe from a peanut butter millionaire’s shortbread that you’ve got to make the next time you have a craving for something sweet that tastes like a million bucks!

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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