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White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars

White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars. A brand new twist on the classic no bake Canadian cookie bar, featuring the flavours of white chocolate and vanilla.

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White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars

Okay, so maybe I’m a bit obsessed with Nanaimo Bars, considering that this White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars are the 8th version of this recipe I’ve posted. Plus, I have plans for a couple more!

November has always traditionally been cooke month on Rock Recipes. It’s the time when we encourage you t0 fill your Holiday freezers with delicious and different treats.

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White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars

Always something new.

Each year, I also try to come up with a few new ideas or some older recipes that are new to me. It’s always nice to serve up something differently delicious to your guests at the Holiday season.

photo of mixture for bottom layer in a stainless steel pot.

Mixture for bottom layer should reach a soft scrambled consistency.

In our family, discovering new recipes for the Christmas season, was practically a sport among my Aunts who were amazing bakers. Recipes like Cherry Pecan Cake or Winter White Squares all became family favourites from the time they were first tried.

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Moose Farts is another example of a new cookie hit on this website a couple of years back. They have become a favourite of many of our followers.

It’s never too late to find new favourites, or to start new traditions. This is one of those recipes that could well become a signature cookie for the coming season.

White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars close up photo of stacked cookies

White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars

The one thing that all of the previous Nanaimo versions had in common, was of course, chocolate. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!

In fact our last recipe went whole hog on the chocolate theme. It features chocolate on all three layers of the cookie treats.

Spreading on the middle layer of White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars

Spreading on the middle layer of White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars

I particularly loved the firm chocolate texture of the centre of that recipe. The melted chocolate in the mix certainly helped smooth the texture of the filling.

The inspiration for White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars

Then it hit me. Why not try a white chocolate version?

To do that, I decided to switch up the base too. I wanted to remove all the chocolate elements from the recipe to make a truly unique version.

White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars on a wooden cutting board with title text

I did add some vanilla extract into the mix for the bottom and centre layers, to compliment the flavour of the white chocolate. That worked really well too.

Like all other Nanaimo Bar recipes or even fudge recipes, these are quite rich. One small square will satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth.

Like our other version, these freeze extremely well too, making them an ideal addition to your Holiday treat list. Get them into the freezer quickly though, or they may disappear fast!

 
Be sure to check out all the other flavours in our Nanaimo Bars Collection!

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White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars close up photo on a wooden cutting board
Yield: 36 squares/cookie bars

White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars. A brand new twist on the classic no bake Canadian cookie bar, featuring the flavours of white chocolate and vanilla.

Ingredients

Bottom Layer

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup fine or medium unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds (toasted and finely chopped)

Middle Layer (filling)

  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp milk or whipping cream (approximately)

Top Layer

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream

Instructions

To prepare the Base Layer

  1. Melt together the butter and sugar over low heat.
  2. Add the eggs continue to cook, stirring constantly to fully cook the egg to a soft scrambled texture.
  3. Add the graham cracker crumbs, coconut and finely chopped almonds.
  4. Mix together until well combined, then press into the bottom of a parchment paper lined 9x9 inch baking pan.

To prepare Filling

  1. With an electric mixer, beat together the butter and icing sugar until it just starts to come together.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and melted chocolate chips and beat well, adding just enough milk, a tablespoon or two at a time, until smooth.
  3. This frosting should be very stiff but spreadable. (Much thicker than you would use to frost a cake for example) If you think it's too thick, you may add a few drops of milk at a time to bring it to the right consistency.
  4. Spread evenly over the bottom layer.
  5. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours before adding the white chocolate topping.

To prepare the White Chocolate Topping

  1. Melt together the white chocolate chips and whipping cream over low heat, just until the chocolate is melted, don't over heat it. A double boiler is probably best for this purpose.
  2. Allow the melted mixture to cool to room temperature. 
  3. Use a hand mixer to beat the cooled white chocolate mixture, until it stiffens enough to spread like a soft frosting.
  4. Spread evenly over the middle layer and return to the fridge until the chocolate sets.
  5. Cut into squares or bars. These freeze very well.

Notes

Notes
As you can see from the photographs, I prefer my Nanaimo bars on the thicker side, in terms of height.
If you prefer though, you can prepare this recipe in a 9x13 inch pan rather than a 9x9 inch pan as the recipe states.
The only adjustment to make is in the top layer. You will need more chocolate to cover the larger pan properly, so increase the white chocolate chips to 1 1/2 cups and the whipping cream to 6 tbsp.


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Nutrition Information

Yield

36

Serving Size

1 cookie bar

Amount Per Serving Calories 216Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 34mgSodium 107mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 2g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Vicki

Sunday 16th of August 2020

I really loved the flavour of these White Nanaimo Bars but I found them just a bit too sweet. I think next time I may cut back just a bit on the sugar in the filling. This may become a regular in our Christmas Baking traditions!

Rosemarie M Buchanan

Thursday 13th of August 2020

Hi Barry. I live on Vancouver Island, about an hour's drive from Nanaimo!

I am going to bookmark this website. I am avoiding carbs and fats as much as possible, but this looks like something I'd be willing to go back to the dark side for. lol

:-)

Brenda

Friday 22nd of May 2020

Have you tried birds custard powder for part of the icing sugar in the filling in this recipe?

Alain Gauthier

Saturday 25th of April 2020

How can you serve raw egg? Have you considered using something else to bind the base?

Colette

Monday 13th of January 2020

What is icing sugar?

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