Nanaimo Cookie Bars

Nanaimo Cookie Bars

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

Prep Time

45

Minutes

Total Time

1:45

Hr:Mins

Makes

36

bars

Cookie Base
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
Filling
4
cups powdered sugar
4
tablespoons vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
1/3
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4
cup milk
Topping
1
bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
1/4
cup butter or margarine
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with foil, leaving foil overhanging at 2 opposite sides of pan. In large bowl, stir cookie base ingredients until well mixed. Spread into pan; press lightly. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until set. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  2. In another large bowl, stir together powdered sugar and pudding mix. Add 1/3 cup butter and the milk; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth (filling will be very thick). Spoon over cookie base; press evenly to cover. Refrigerate while making topping.
  3. In small microwaveable bowl, microwave topping ingredients uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Spread over filling. Refrigerate uncovered until set, about 30 minutes.
  4. Use foil to lift bars from pan; pull foil from sides of bars. Cut into 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.
Makes 36 bars
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Winner's Quote
"Using a cookie mix makes this traditional Christmas classic super easy! So now I make them all year round."
Success
Bars are easiest to cut if they're chilled for 30 minutes.
Did You Know?
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.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Bar)
  • Calories 270
    • (Calories from Fat 130),
  • Total Fat 14g
    • (Saturated Fat 8g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 25mg;
  • Sodium 150mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 34g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 26g),
  • Protein 1g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    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 Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.