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Nanaimo Cookie Bars

  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Ingredients 12
  • Servings 36
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6 Ingredients

1
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ double chocolate chunk cookie mix
1
cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2
cup chopped nut topping or chopped walnuts
1/2
cup coconut
1
cup butter or margarine, melted
1
egg

You Will Need

4
cups powdered sugar
4
tablespoons vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
1/3
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4
cup milk
1
bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
1/4
cup butter or margarine

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size:
Calories
270
Calories from Fat
130
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
22%
Saturated Fat
8g
41%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
25mg
9%
Sodium
150mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
34g
11%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
26g
26%
Protein
1g
1%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Expert Tips

"Using a cookie mix makes this traditional Christmas classic super easy! So now I make them all year round."

Bars are easiest to cut if they're chilled for 30 minutes.

Canadian legend claims that the bar (chocolate crumb-base, layer of vanilla, covered in chocolate) originated in Nanaimo, Canada, in the 1950s. Although unsubstantiated, the story is that a local housewife submitted the recipe under the name "Nanaimo Bars" for a recipe contest.

Directions

  • 1 Make cookie base: blend cookie mix, graham cracker crumbs, chopped nuts, coconut, butter and egg until well mixed. Spread cookie base into foil lined 13x9-inch pan; press lightly. Bake at 350° for 16 to 18 minutes. Cool completely.
  • 2 Stir together powdered sugar and pudding mix. Add 1/3 cup butter and the milk; beat until smooth (filling will be very thick). Spoon over cookie base; press evenly to cover. Refrigerate.
  • 3 Microwave chocolate chips and 1/4 cup butter uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Spread over chilled filling. Refrigerate uncovered until set. Use foil to lift bars from pan; pull foil from sides of bars.

Prize-Winning Recipe 2009! Try this easier cookie-mix take on a classic layered chocolate and vanilla bar.

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Prize-Winning Recipe 2009! Try this easier cookie-mix take on a classic layered chocolate and vanilla bar.