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    Cherry Almond Nanaimo Bars

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    1 hr 45 mins

    15 mins

    1 hr 30 mins

    laursy's Note:

    Very rich bars - do not remain on a plate long. My son begs me to make these all the time but I usually save them for a special treat at Christmas.

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    Bottom Layer


    Top Layer

    • 1/2 semi-sweet chocolate baking square
    • 1 tablespoon butter


    1. 1
      Bottom Layer: Cook butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and beaten egg in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in coconut, graham crumbs and almonds. Pat firmly into 9 x 13 pan. Chill for at least 1 hour.
    2. 2
      Filling: Cream butter, cherry juice and almond extract. Gradually beat in icing sugar to make a smooth spreading consistency. Stir in cherries. Spread over the first layer in the pan. Chill until firm.
    3. 3
      Top Layer: Heat chocolate and butter, stirring constantly until smoothly melted. Drizzle chocolate over filling. Chill.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 23, 2010

      Laursy,Sorry ,at this time I cannot offer any stars,as am undecided.
      my base was pressed in non-stick pan,and chilled allright.The filling was added ,and top layer added.When I went to cut these ,from the fridge the base was all crunbly.
      I did use Becel a non-hydrogenated marg,as Doctor prescribes (Canada).I use this all the time as a sub for butter.Have you had any experience as this"..Thanks Don Steele

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    • on December 15, 2008


      I first found a recipe like this about 15 years ago in Canadian Living Magazine...and I lost it. Two years ago I found this version and it has become a family favourite. Last year I attempted to drizzle the chocolate on top and found when it hardened it made cutting the squares difficult. This year I combined chocolate chips and whipping cream, melted together and then spread over the cherry layer with a spatula for a complete layer of chocolate. Much easier to cut and reminds me of other naniamo recipes. Thanks for posting it will be forever part of my Christmas baking.

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    • on November 12, 2005


      These are excellent! I made them to add to my Christmas tray. I used short unsweetened coconut and it was perfect. I used 1/2 box (3 squares chocolate, melted in the microwave). Wonderful taste and a recipe I will keep close at hand. Thank-you!

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    Nutritional Facts for Cherry Almond Nanaimo Bars

    Serving Size: 1 (31 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 30

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 158.2
    Calories from Fat 93
    Total Fat 10.4 g
    Saturated Fat 6.0 g
    Cholesterol 23.4 mg
    Sodium 92.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 15.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
    Sugars 11.6 g
    Protein 1.4 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    cherry juice

    maraschino cherries

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