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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

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FILLING:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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): 116 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .

Reviews for Calgary Nanaimo Bars

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55322
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"These bars have been part of my Minnesota family for over 50 years. Ours are named Dairy Bars due to all of the wonderful butter used in them. Growing up on a dairy farm and then marrying a farmer makes these extra special."

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ranson
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2014

"Great"

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Mom4food
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2014

"These are excellent! I think the next time I make them, I will double the glaze on top."

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klamgs
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"Awesome"

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Maluhiamoni
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2014

"These are very rich but most loved them. I had a little trouble trying to figure out cooking crust (1st layer) to 160 degrees since I (& most?) do not have a candy/food thermometer. A better description of that part of the recipe should be noted. These bars are not for anyone watching the fats & sugars in their diet."

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SrSuzy
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2014

"What can I use in place of cocoanut .? Only thing I do not have on hand."

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B.C.MOM
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2014 Edited Jul. 3, 2014

"Excuse me, please, but perhaps these should also be known as 'Saskatoon' bars as everybody back home seemed to make them...and jellied salads. My Mom made them with Custard Powder, too. I don't think it matters as custard powder and vanilla pudding powder are about the same. Lea (now in B.C for 37+ years)."

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3judewalls
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"I know these are delicious as I've had them before, but seriously, 45 servings? 42 bars? No way!"

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kskmama
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"My mom got this recipe 40 or so years ago. We call it Napoleon Creams. I've loved them since I was a little kid. Now I have to make some. Delicious!!"

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rubydoo008
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"Ummm this should be British Columbia not Calgary. We use Custard Powder instead of pudding interesting mix on this one"

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joanijank
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"I grew up in Canada.. My mum made these but instead of vanilla pudding, she did an icing of icing sugar butter and milk.. At Christmas she would add peppermint to icing.. So delish!!!"

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msboop
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"DELICIOUS, and, I am very glad to have something that doesn't call for cream cheese, EVERYTHING has cream cheese in it, so this is really nice, and TASTY"

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SHOK
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"These are almost identical to what my mother has made for forty-some years. They've always been "Fudge Meltaways". However ours have cream cheese in the middle layer instead of vanilla pudding, which is much better, I think!"

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shereeder
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"These bars get fantastic reviews every time I make them. So delicious."

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wrenjen523
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"The one person who tried them before I left brunch thought they were delicious. Unfortunately no one else tried them so I can't give them a higher star recipe, very easy to make though."

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ColleenaG
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"Another winner! Everyone loves these bars. There is a lot of butter in the recipe so you should cut the bars small (as the recipe calls) because they are so rich. I've used pecans instead of almonds and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Very good."

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