Millionaire shortbread is a delicious treat to be enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee. There aren’t many people who will be able to resist the creamy caramel which is loaded on top of a crumbly biscuit base. To make things even better, the top of the dessert is a layer of rich chocolate.
However, perhaps you want to know if you can freeze it? Maybe you’ve made a big batch of millionaire shortbread and have some slices left over. Perhaps there’s been a sale at the store, and you have stocked up. The simple answer is yes, you can freeze millionaire shortbread, whether it is homemade or shop-bought. In this article, we will tell you how to freeze it and how to defrost it.
How To Freeze Millionaire Shortbread
1. Cool down the millionaire shortbread.
If you have made your own millionaire shortbread, cool it down completely before putting it in the freezer. You don’t want to put it in the freezer while it is still warm as it will bring the temperature up and other food may start to defrost. When the food refreezes, it can spoil. It should take a couple of hours for the millionaire shortbread to cool down.
2. Wrap the millionaire shortbread.
Wrap the millionaire shortbread in two layers of cling film. You can wrap the slices either individually or together depending on how many you think you will eat when you defrost them. Make sure that the shortbread is wrapped tightly so that freezer burn doesn’t occur. Freezer burn will ruin the taste and texture of your shortbread and you probably won’t want to eat it.
3. Put the millionaire shortbread in an airtight container.
Put a label on the container with the contents and the date frozen.
4. Put the container in the freezer.
For How Long Can You Freeze Millionaire Shortbread
You can freeze millionaire shortbread for three months. However, it is so delicious that you will probably want to eat it long before this time!
How Do You Defrost Millionaire Shortbread?
It is easy to defrost millionaire shortbread. Just take out as many slices as you think you are going to eat and put them on your countertop. They should be defrosted within a couple of hours, so you have to plan ahead. There isn’t a quick way of defrosting millionaire shortbread, so you have to be patient. Perhaps you want to take one to work or school in your lunchbox. Just put it in while it is frozen. By the time you come to have lunch, it will be defrosted. Keep it wrapped while it is defrosting.
Can You Refreeze Millionaire Shortbread?
We don’t recommend refreezing millionaire shortbread as the taste and texture will change. Ice crystals can form when you freeze food so if you refreeze your shortbread there is more of a chance for these crystals to form. This can make your shortbread mushy and tasteless. This is why it is a good idea to freeze the millionaire shortbread in slices so that you take out just as many as you think you will eat.
Is It a Good Idea To Freeze Millionaire Shortbread?
Baked goods generally freeze well, and millionaire shortbread is no exception. The biscuit base may go a little crumblier but you will barely notice the difference.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hopefully, you now know all there is to know about freezing millionaire shortbread but if you are still curious, we have answered a few questions here.
Can you freeze vegan millionaire shortbread?
Vegan millionaire shortbread is made with vegan butter, vegan condensed coconut milk, and vegan chocolate. You can freeze this vegan version in the same way as ordinary millionaire shortbread.
Are there any variations of millionaire shortbread?
You can make salted caramel millionaire shortbread. Another alternative is to add pecan nuts or any other nut of your choice to the biscuit base. You can add a layer of bananas to turn it into a banoffee millionaire shortbread. You could use white chocolate as the topping instead of dark. You can make the shortbread gluten free by using gluten-free biscuits. Add peanut butter to the caramel layer. For Easter, decorate the slices with little chocolate eggs.
Can you freeze shortbread?
Shortbread is a delicious cookie that is the base of millionaire shortbread. You can have it plain or flavor it with lemon, almond, lavender, chocolate orange, mint, cranberry orange, coconut, toffee pecan, or literally anything you want. The good news is that you can freeze shortbread (see also How To Freeze Shortbread) so that you can make it in bulk and enjoy it at a later date. Just follow the instructions we have given you for freezing millionaire shortbread. Shortbread can be frozen for up to three months.
Can you freeze cookies?
Yes, you can in most cases. However, if they have frosting, they won’t freeze well so these are best avoided. Put the frosting on after the cookies have defrosted.