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Calgary Nanaimo Bars Recipe

Calgary Nanaimo Bars Recipe

This version may claim roots in Alberta, but the original was said to be dreamed up in a Nanaimo, British Columbia kitchen. They're three delicious layers of Canadian goodness. —Carol Hillier, Calgary, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:42 servings


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds, optional
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • 1. Line an 8-in.-square baking pan with foil, letting ends extend over sides by 1 in. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar and cocoa; add butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir until mixture reaches 160°. Remove from heat.
  • 2. Stir in cracker crumbs, coconut and, if desired, almonds. Press into prepared pan. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set.
  • 3. For filling, in a small bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, pudding mix, butter and milk until smooth; spread over crust.
  • 4. In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Spread over top. Refrigerate until set. Using foil, lift bars out of pan. Discard foil; cut into bars. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar (calculated without almonds) equals 116 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 72 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.