Nanaimo Bars

February 12th, 2013 posted by Cheri Sicard

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nanaimo bars These delicious cookies are a staple of local cafes in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. These bars freeze well, so it’s nice to make extras to keep in the freezer for anytime you want a quick treat. 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.

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Nanaimo Bars

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter 4 oz. semisweet chocolate, divided 1/3 C sugar 1 egg 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 C chopped walnuts 1-1/2 C coconut 1 1/2 teaspoona vanilla extract, divided 2 C confectioner’s sugar 3 tablespoons butter, softened 2 1/2 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon butter 2 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate Makes 2 Dozen Bars 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.


Add a couple of drops of green food coloring and use mint flavoured chocolate chips.

Cheri Sicard is the editor of, a content rich online cooking community. She lives in Los Angeles.

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