Chocolate Nanaimo Bars

3/4 cup butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dark cocoa
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/4 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
3/4 cup dessicated unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

3 cups icing sugar
3 tbsps. Cocoa
1/3 cup butter, room temp.
1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup chocolate chips, melted
1 tbsp. milk

1 cup chocolate chips
3 tbsp. butter

Line a 9” square pan with parchment paper, letting the ends extend over the edges to make handles.

BASE – Melt together butter, sugar and cocoa over low heat. Add the eggs and continue to cook, stirring constantly to fully cook the egg, 2 minutes. Add the chocolate cookie crumbs, coconut and walnuts (if using). If not using walnuts, add an additional ½ cup coconut. Mix together well and press into prepared pan.

FILLING – Beat together the butter, cream cheese, cocoa and icing sugar until it just starts to come together. Add the melted chocolate and beat well, adding just enough milk to make a smooth, thick texture. Spread evenly over bottom layer and chill in fridge for a couple of hours before adding topping.

TOPPING – Melt together chocolate chips and butter over low heat, stirring constantly, just until chocolate is melted. Spread quickly over the chilled filling layer. Return to fridge until the topping sets. Cut into squares or bars.

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