Apple Crumble Millionaires Shortbread

Apple Crumble Millionaires Shortbread: a spiced shortbread layer, topped with caramel, toffee apples and crumble!

Hello bakers! I’m super excited about this recipe!! The inspiration was the humble Apple as part of another baking collaboration over on Instagram. When I think of apple recipes I automatically think of apple crumble. A delicious spiced and stewed apple dessert. What could be better?!

To elevate an apple crumble to a whole new level I’ve created Apple Crumble Millionaires Shortbread!! The caramel layer of a millionaires shortbread really fits well with the flavour of apples, so for me it’s a match made in baking heaven. I’ve spiced the layer of shortbread and the crumble so it has a delicious autumnal taste and smell. To spice the Apple Crumble Millionaires Shortbread I’ve used Steenbergs Apple Pie Spice Mix. I LOVE Steenbergs and have used their spice mixes for a long time. They’re organic and based in the UK. Definitely not an advertisement, moreover an appreciation for the brand!

When you usually make an apple crumble you top the stewed apple with a crumble mix and bake. This recipe however bakes the crumble first! Baking the crumble first means it’s ready to sprinkle on top to finish this scrumptious bake off. The delicious spice mix comes through in the shortbread as well, although this can make it more difficult to know when it’s baked. When the shortbread is just starting to turn golden on the edges is done, shortbread doesn’t need to colour.

I love baking millionaires shortbread and this recipe is super tasty! If you’re feeling those autumn/fall vibes then this is the bake for you. The addition of a toffee apple layer is so good. The apple is thinly sliced and stewed in brown sugar until soft and sticky sweet. The sharpness of the apple still shines through, so you definitely need to use bramley apples. Or another cooking apple variety. It can get a bit messy layering them on but licking your fingers is totally acceptable when baking!!

Fancy a different kind of millionaires shortbread?

I have a few recipes for millionaires shortbread on my blog that are all a little different. Deliciously different that is. Fancy a Cherry Bakewell or Hot Cross Bun Millionaires Shortbread? Or maybe even Flapjack or Blondie Millionaires? I’m sure you can find a yummy recipe to try out, you won’t regret it!!

Apple Crumble Millionaires Shortbread

A spiced shortbread with a caramel layer, toffee apples and spiced crumble topping.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Servings 16


For the shortbread:

  • 150 g Unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 65 g Caster sugar
  • 185 g Plain flour
  • 1 tsp Apple Pie Spice (Steenbergs) OR 1 tsp cinnamon

Caramel Layer

  • 90 g Unsalted butter
  • 379 g Condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp Light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Golden syrup

Toffee Apple Layer

  • 2 medium Cooking apples (Bramley)
  • 2 tbsp Light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Crumble layer

  • 50 g Plain flour
  • 25 g Unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 15 g Caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Apple Pie Spices (Steenbergs) OR 1/2tsp Cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 160C fan/180C/Gas Mark 4. Line a 9 inch by 9 inch traybake tin and set aside.
  • Cream together the butter and the sugar until appears a little fluffy and fully combined.
  • Add in the spices and mix again.
  • Stir in the flour until it starts to come together as a dough, you might need to get your hands in to really bring it together.
  • Press down into the tin trying to get an even and flat top. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until just starting to brown on the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to fully cool in the tin.

To make the crumble:

  • Using your fingertips mix the flour and butter together until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir through the sugar and spices. Sprinkle the crumble mix onto a flat baking sheet, quite a thin layer so spread it out. Bake at 180C fan/200C for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.

To make the toffee apple layer:

  • Peel and core the apples. Thinly slice the apples to about 2 mm in thickness.
  • Add the sugar, spice and water to a shallow frying pan. Allow the sugar to melt, give it a quick stir. Keep the heat on low to medium. Add the sliced apple to the pan, spreading them out as much as you can so they don't overlap too much. Stew for up to 10 minutes or until soft and sticky. Turn off the heat and leave in the pan for now.

To make the caramel layer:

  • To make the caramel layer; add the condensed milk, butter, sugar and golden syrup into a medium sized saucepan. Heat the mix over a low-medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Turn up the heat so it starts to boil and stir constantly with a whisk so it doesn’t catch. Keep stirring until it turns a darker golden colour, about 5 minutes. It will be VERY hot.

Assembling the layers:

  • Pour the caramel over the cooled shortbread and spread evenly. Layer the toffee apples on top whilst the caramel is still warm. If the apples are sticking to the pan heat them up again for 1 minute. Spread out the apples to cover the caramel.
  • Sprinkle over the crumble so it covers the top of the apple layer completely. Chill for 2 hours until set. Slice and enjoy!
Keyword Apple, Caramel, Millionaires, Shortbread, Spices

Happy Baking!



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