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Pumpkin Millionaire’s Shortbread

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving?? I must admit, I am late this year on planning my own Thanksgiving menu. My mom and I are just finalizing the menu THIS week! That’s cutting it close for us! For the past several years I’ve only had to worry about pies and sweets, but this year we’re making some savory things as well. If you haven’t yet finalized your pie plans, i suggest checking out my book that is being released NEXT WEEK! Omg! I could not be more excited about it. It’s got everything from savory to sweet, some classic and some unique! Click this link to check it out!

Anyway- if you’re looking to sweeten your dinner with a pie alternative, this Pumpkin Millionaire’s Shortbread might just hit the spot. It’s layers of spiced shortbread, pumpkin caramel, and salted chocolate ganache! So rich it’s for a millionaire! Haha, at least that’s why I think they’ve been dubbed this name. This is a play on Millionaire’s Shortbread which is layers of shortbread, caramel and ganache- my spin includes the pumpkin. This dessert is easily whipped up in just a couple hours, and it makes a good amount for a holiday party. I like to cut them about 2×2 inches, but you can cut them smaller, or bigger if desired!

In other good news, my boyfriend and I just bought our first xmas tree together (a fancy fake one with lights already on it), and i believe I may just put it up before Thanksgiving this year. Yes, I’m gonna be one of THOSE people! No regrets. 

Pumpkin Millionaire’s Shortbread

Yield 30 pieces

Shortbread Crust

1 cup butter, soft

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 yolk

½ tsp vanilla

½ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp ginger

2 ¼ cup flour

Pumpkin Caramel

2 cans sweetened condensed milk

12 Tbsp. butter

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup pumpkin puree

1/3 cup corn syrup

1 tsp vanilla

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp ginger

Chocolate Ganache

2 cups dark chocolate chips

½ cup cream

Sea salt for sprinkling over top

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper that goes up the sides.

Begin with the shortbread crust. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter and both sugar. Paddle until smooth, add egg yolk. Add salt, cinnamon, ginger, then flour, a little at a time, scraping down the sides as needed. Add vanilla last. The mixture will be very crumbly. Remove dough from bowl and press it into the prepared dish to create an even shortbread layer. Bake for 20 minutes, or until sides are lightly golden brown. Cool at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Start the pumpkin caramel by combining all ingredients into a large sauce pot. Turn on medium heat and stir with a spatula for 12-15 minutes. Stir frequently and do not leave as the ingredients can burn quickly. After the ingredients melt together, you’ll want to boil it down until it turns a caramel color. Pull the pumpkin caramel and pour it over the cooled shortbread crust. Let this sit at room temperature for 2 hours to set up.

To prepare the ganache, combine chocolate chips and cream in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Stir gently with a spatula as to not create air bubbles. Once smooth, pour over the pumpkin caramel and spread it out with a spatula. Sprinkle sea salt lightly over the ganache. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

To serve, run a knife around the edge of the dish. Use the parchment paper to pull it out of the dish. Use a hot knife to cut 2” squares, wiping the knife after each cut. Serve!

Leave in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze if desired.

Pumpkin Millionaire's Shortbread

Layers of shortbread, pumpkin caramel, and chocolate ganache!
Servings: 30
Author: Saura Madani

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup butter, soft
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 2 1/4 cup flour

Pumpkin Caramel

  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger

Chocolate Ganache

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • sea salt for sprinkling over top

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper that goes
    up the sides.
  • Begin with the shortbread crust. In a stand mixer fitted
    with a paddle attachment, combine butter and both sugar. Paddle until smooth,
    add egg yolk. Add salt, cinnamon, ginger, then flour, a little at a time,
    scraping down the sides as needed. Add vanilla last. The mixture will be very
    crumbly. Remove dough from bowl and press it into the prepared dish to create an
    even shortbread layer. Bake for 20 minutes, or until sides are lightly golden
    brown. Cool at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  • Start the pumpkin caramel by combining all ingredients into
    a large sauce pot. Turn on medium heat and stir with a spatula for 12-15
    minutes. Stir frequently and do not leave as the ingredients can burn quickly. After
    the ingredients melt together, you’ll want to boil it down until it turns a caramel
    color. Pull the pumpkin caramel and pour it over the cooled shortbread crust.
    Let this sit at room temperature for 2 hours to set up.
  • To prepare the ganache, combine chocolate chips and cream in
    a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Stir gently
    with a spatula as to not create air bubbles. Once smooth, pour over the pumpkin
    caramel and spread it out with a spatula. Sprinkle sea salt lightly over the
    ganache. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • To serve, run a knife around the edge of the dish. Use the
    parchment paper to pull it out of the dish. Use a hot knife to cut 2” squares,
    wiping the knife after each cut. Serve! Leave in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze if desired.

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