Irish Cream Nanaimo Bars

Origin and Region:
Nanaimo bars originated in the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, and are well-known and popular throughout Canada. The bars are named after the city of Nanaimo, where they are believed to have been created in the early 1950s. While the traditional Nanaimo bars consist of a crumbly base, creamy filling, and chocolate topping, this variation incorporates Irish cream liqueur for a unique twist.

Irish Cream Nanaimo Bars are a delightful variation of the classic Canadian dessert. These bars feature a rich and buttery base, a creamy center flavored with Irish cream liqueur, and a decadent chocolate topping. They are a perfect treat for any occasion and are sure to please fans of both Nanaimo bars and Irish cream.

For the Base:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder or vanilla pudding mix

For the Chocolate Topping:

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Optional Toppings:

  • Shredded coconut
  • Chopped nuts
  • Chocolate shavings


  • Use high-quality Irish cream liqueur for the best flavor.
  • Chill the bars in the refrigerator before slicing for cleaner cuts.
  • Store the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week, or freeze for longer storage.


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the melted butter, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, and beaten egg. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens slightly.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the graham cracker crumbs, shredded coconut, and chopped nuts until well combined.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a greased 9×9-inch baking dish. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until firm.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat together the softened butter, powdered sugar, Irish cream liqueur, and custard powder until smooth and creamy.
  5. Spread the filling evenly over the chilled base layer.
  6. In a small saucepan, melt the chopped chocolate and butter together over low heat, stirring until smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture over the filling layer and spread evenly.
  7. Sprinkle with optional toppings, if desired.
  8. Chill the bars in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or until the chocolate topping is set.
  9. Cut into squares and serve chilled.

Irish Cream Nanaimo Bars are a decadent dessert with layers of flavor and texture. The buttery base provides a sturdy foundation for the creamy Irish cream filling, while the rich chocolate topping adds a satisfying finish. These bars are perfect for serving at parties, potlucks, or as a special treat for any occasion.

Nutritional Information:
(Serving Size: 1 bar)

  • Calories: 250 kcal
  • Total Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 35mg
  • Sodium: 70mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 18g
  • Protein: 2g

(Note: Nutritional information may vary depending on specific ingredients and serving size.)

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