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Nanaimo Bars

Baking chocolate for Nanaimo Bars

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 egg
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.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 2 dozen.

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