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Nanaimo Cookie Bars

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Nanaimo Cookie Bars
  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 36
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Prize-Winning Recipe 2009! Try this easier cookie-mix take on a classic layered chocolate and vanilla bar.
Updated May 1, 2009

Ingredients

Cookie Base

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

Steps

  • 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Bars are easiest to cut if they're chilled for 30 minutes.
  • tip 2
    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

270 Calories, 14g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 34g Total Carbohydrate, 26g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
270
Calories from Fat
130
Total Fat
14g
22%
Saturated Fat
8g
41%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
25mg
9%
Sodium
150mg
6%
Potassium
90mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
34g
11%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
26g
Protein
1g
% 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.
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