Rating: 4.5 stars
21 Ratings
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A great twist on the classic Nanaimo bar, these no-bake cherry Nanaimo bars are loved by my whole family.

Recipe Summary

30 mins
10 mins
40 mins
1 hr 20 mins
36 bars


Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Bottom Layer:
Middle Layer:
Top Layer:


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat 1/2 cup butter, white sugar, and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir just until butter melts, about 2 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in beaten egg. Return pan to stove; cook and stir until cocoa mixture thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat.

  • Stir graham cracker crumbs, coconut, and walnuts into cocoa mixture. Press mixture firmly into an ungreased 9x9-inch baking pan.

  • Beat 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, cherry juice, and almond extract in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth; stir in cherries. Drop cherry mixture by spoonfuls over base layer, then spread evenly. Let cherry mixture layer stand until slightly firm, about 10 minutes. Using your hand, pat cherry mixture layer to smooth.

  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small saucepan over low heat; stir in chocolate chips. Cook and stir mixture until melted and smooth, about 3 minutes. Pour chocolate mixture over middle layer. Working quickly, smooth chocolate with the back of a spoon. Chill before cutting into bars, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

118 calories; protein 1g; carbohydrates 14.3g; fat 6.8g; cholesterol 16.2mg; sodium 57.1mg. Full Nutrition