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Nanaimo Bars

Makes 25 bars

Prep & Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins

Chill Time
2 hrs

Total Time
3 hrs 30 mins

Named after a town in British Columbia, this popular Canadian bar cookie recipe has a creamy topping and a graham cracker-pecan crust. You can store the bars airtight for up to 3 days. Save this bar cookie recipe for your edible gifting recipe file.

Nanaimo Bars

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 1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
 1 large egg
 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
 1 cup sweetened flaked dried coconut
 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
 2 tablespoons milk
 1 tablespoon vanilla
 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
Step 1

In a 1- to 2-quart pan over low heat, melt 6 tablespoons butter; let cool. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat melted butter, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and the egg until well blended. Stir in graham cracker crumbs, coconut, pecans, and cocoa powder.

Step 2

Press dough evenly into a buttered and floured 8-inch square baking pan. Bake in a 350° oven until slightly darker, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter, remaining 2 cups powdered sugar, the milk, and the vanilla until smooth. Spread mixture evenly over cooled crust.

Step 4

In a 1- to 2-quart pan over very low heat, stir remaining 2 tablespoons butter and the chocolate until melted. Spread over filling. Cover and chill until the filling is firm enough to cut neatly, at least 2 hours. Cut into 25 squares.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per bar.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Makes 25 bars

Amount Per Serving
Calories 196Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g20%

Saturated Fat 6.9g35%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 138mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 20g7%

Dietary Fiber 1.4g6%
Protein 1.7g4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.