A no-bake square, that freezes well. I make these during the year, but they are a must on my Christmas baking list as family and friends look for them. My parents live just outside of Nanaimo, B.C. Canada.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter or margarine with 2 squares chocolate. Remove from the heat, and stir in white sugar, egg, rolled oats, coconut, chopped nuts, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Press mixture into a greased 9 inch square pan, and chill for 1 hour.

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  • Combine confectioners' sugar with 3 tablespoons softened butter, 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla, and milk. Mix until it has an icing-like consistency, and spread it over the oat mixture in the pan. Chill for 1/2 hour.

  • Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter or margarine with remaining 2 squares chocolate. Spread over the top of the bars. Chill for 4 to 5 hours.

  • Cut into squares using a hot knife; dip knife in hot water, and let it melt through the chocolate.

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Nutrition Facts

266 calories; 15.8 g total fat; 28 mg cholesterol; 85 mg sodium. 30.8 g carbohydrates; 2.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (28)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2003
The best Nanaimo bars I have tasted.I had to freeze them right away my husband would of ate the whole batch.These will definately be a hit at Christmas.Thanks Shirly Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/18/2004
These are okay. i had a big party & made four different versions of this cookie to see which was the most popular. This recipe was the only batch that had leftovers. The crust never got hard and the middle was too rich and powdered sugary tasting. Read More
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34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2003
The best Nanaimo bars I have tasted.I had to freeze them right away my husband would of ate the whole batch.These will definately be a hit at Christmas.Thanks Shirly Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/18/2004
These are okay. i had a big party & made four different versions of this cookie to see which was the most popular. This recipe was the only batch that had leftovers. The crust never got hard and the middle was too rich and powdered sugary tasting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2003
The best Nanaimo bars I have tasted.I had to freeze them right away my husband would of ate the whole batch.These will definately be a hit at Christmas.Thanks Shirly Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2003
These bars were a hit with everyone! The two batches I made disappeared in no time. The consistency was a little soft though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2006
I followed a previous reviewer's advice of using graham wafer crumbs instead of coconut (my husband is allergic too). I used margarine instead of butter 1 cup of graham wafer crumbs and corn syrup instead of the egg. For the filling I used more like a tablespoon of vanilla. TASTE the filling before spreading it over the base!! If it tastes too much like powdered sugar add more vanilla! I did just that and it saved the filling. I doubled the ingredients for the chocolate topping and it was the perfect amount to cover the whole pan. The end result tasted a little different than I'm used to but I DID have to omit the coconut. Next time I think I'll add a little cocoa to the base so there's more chocolate flavor but they DID turn out really tasty. Thanks Shirly! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2003
I made these and they were yummy but I have a few suggestions. My husband is allergic to coconut so I used mixed nuts and graham cracker crumbs. I also followed the suggestion of another rater and doubled the middle layer. I won't do that again - it came out TOO sweet. I also lined the pan with aluminum foil and greased the foil. Made it much easier to lift out and cut! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2003
I made these for Christmas and they were a BIG hit with everyone. these are more like candy than a cookie so be sure to cut in small pieces. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2003
Delicious! These are served in our local Borders and I think this recipe's version is even better! Make sure to cut in small pieces as they are incredibly rich and scrumptious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2007
This recipie blows it up!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2003
Good but very sweet. I may try milk chocolate next time and a little less frosting. Read More
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