Nanaimo Cookie Bars

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

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 36

Ingredients

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.

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.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
270
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
150mg
150%;
Total Carbohydrate
34g
34%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
26g
26%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
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 Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.