These Nanaimo Bars freeze well, so it's nice to make extras to keep in the freezer for anytime you want a quick treat. Walnuts lend a nice, nutty crunch but can be left out if desired.
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, divided
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1-1/2 cup coconut
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
2 cups confectioner's sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
2-1/2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon butter
2 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
Grease a 9 inch square baking pan.
In a heavy saucepan melt 1/2 cup butter 2 ounces of the chocolate. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, egg, oats, chopped nuts, coconut and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Press mixture into prepared pan and chill for 1 hour.
Mix the confectioner's sugar with the softened butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and the milk. Beat until the icing is smooth. Spread it over the oat mixture and chill for 1/2 hour.
Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter with the remaining 2 ounces of chocolate. Spread over the top of the bars and chill for at least 4 hours before cutting into bars.
Variation: Add green food coloring (just a couple of drops) and use mint flavored chocolate chips for an incredible mint flavor!
Note: Before cutting the bars, if you dip your knife into hot water to heat it, it will help make the process neater and cut easily through the chocolate.
Recipe makes 2 dozen.
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