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Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars are pudding filled bar cookies with a topping of melted chocolate.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 16
Author Cookie Madness

Ingredients

Base

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar lightly spooned
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoon instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter or shortening
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 inch square pan with nonstick foil or parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together melted butter, sugar and cocoa. Stir in egg and vanilla. When smooth, add crumbs, walnuts and coconut. Press crumb mixture tightly into the pan and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together butter and powdered sugar, then beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in vanilla, pudding mix and milk. Spread the filling over the cooled crust, then chill for about an hour.
  • Prepare topping. Melt the butter or shortening with the chocolate chips. Pour over top of bars and chill just until the bars start to set. Before the chocolate gets too hard, score the bars into squares.