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Nanaimo Bars Recipe

Travel to British Colombia, Canada, and you are certain to come across these decadent dessert bars, named after the city in which they began. Now you can whip up a batch of these three-layer classic hand-held dessert bars in no time at all, because they’re an easy-to- make no bake recipe!
Makes: About 24 bars
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

In large microwaveable bowl, combine 3/4 cup butter, cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Microwave 30 seconds or until butter has melted; stir until smooth. Add graham cracker crumbs, coconut and almonds. Stir until well coated. Press firmly into 9 in. square pan. Cool completely.

Step 2

For filling, beat 2/3 cup butter with electric mixer until smooth. Add pudding mix and confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add cream and beat 4-5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Spread over cooled crust. Refrigerate until icing is ready.

Step 3

For icing, combine chocolate and 2 tablespoons butter in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at half (50%) power 1 minute; stir. Microwave on 50% power in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until chocolate is almost melted. Stir thoroughly until mixture is smooth. Cool 5 minutes. Spread over top of bars.

Step 4

Refrigerate until chocolate is set before cutting, about 20 minutes.

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butter (3/4 cup (1-1/2 stick) for Crust, 2 tablespoons for Icing)

cocoa powder

1/3 cup cocoa powder

granulated sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar


1/4 teaspoon salt

graham cracker crumbs

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

sweetened shredded coconut

3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut

toasted almonds

1/2 cup toasted almonds (finely chopped)

butter, softened

2/3 cup butter, softened

instant vanilla pudding mix

3 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix

sifted confectioners' sugar

3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

dark chocolate, chopped

4 oz. dark chocolate, chopped

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