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Orange Nanaimo Bars

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + chilling

Makes

3 dozen

I originally created these rich bars for my coworkers. Everyone raved about the shortbread crust, creamy middle layer and the orange and chocolate flavor combination. They were such a hit, they're now a staple for many gatherings.
Orange Nanaimo Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 dark chocolate candy bar (3-1/4 ounces), chopped
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 17 shortbread cookies, crushed
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 to 2 drops orange paste food coloring, optional
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 dark chocolate candy bar (3-1/4 ounces), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon butter

Directions

  1. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the butter, sugar and candy bar. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until mixture reaches 160°.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, coconut, pecans and orange zest. Stir in chocolate mixture until blended. Press into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set.
  3. For filling, in a large bowl, cream butter and pudding mix. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, orange juice, zest and, if desired, food coloring. Spread over crust.
  4. For glaze, melt candy bar and butter in a microwave; stir until smooth. Spread over top. Refrigerate until set. Cut into bars.

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