These mint Nanaimo bars are an easy to make, no bake treat, that is perfect for your Christmas cookie tray. The perfect dessert with a cold glass of milk!
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada and I have been compensated for my time. All opinions are, as always, my own.
Some things just need to be part of the Christmas baking list every single year. Without fail.
Now, my list of must haves is starting to get just a little astronomical (anyone want some baking?), but even so there are a few things that will never get left out – even when I want to try something new.
Whipped shortbread needs to be made every single year. So do Nanaimo bars. Always. Those two treats are just synonymous with Christmas at my house – it doesn’t completely feel like the holidays are here if there aren’t Nanaimo bars on the plate of cookies that’s set out on Christmas Eve.
But now I’m going to have trouble choosing between my favourite regular Nanaimo bars and these new mint Nanaimo bars. They’re both so tasty, but nobody needs two pans of Nanaimo bars in their freezer to tempt them. Especially not if you love them as much as I do.
This year, it’s mint Nanaimo bars that are going to be on the plate of cookies we leave out for Santa. Assuming we still do that little tradition, of course. My youngest son figured it out a couple of weeks ago – and even though he’s in grade one and it’s not really a surprise, it’s still slightly disappointing that that fun little game of leaving cookies and milk out for Santa won’t be “real” anymore for any of my kids.
I think he’ll probably still want to leave the cookies and milk out though – he still likes the idea of Santa. He loved this cute little holiday video with Santa that Dairy Farmers of Canada made – he insisted on watching it over and over again until he could sing along with the whole thing. If you have kids, you need to watch this video with them – it’s so cute, and my older two loved it as well!
We go through a lot of milk here, but never more so than at Christmas time. I use it in a lot of my baking (including these mint Nanaimo bars), my kids drink it by the gallon, I love it in my coffee – and Christmas cookies for dessert in the evening are just so much better with a nice cold glass of milk alongside.
I’m already looking forward to the mint Nanaimo bars and a big glass of milk that my kids will set out for Santa in a couple of weeks. I suppose if they don’t feel the need this year I’ll just have to do it myself so that I can have the usual Christmas Eve dessert after the kids are in bed. After all, it wouldn’t be Christmas without it!
Tips for perfect Mint Nanaimo Bars:
- Make sure to chill each layer for at least 20 minutes before adding the next one – it is much easier to spread the filling on a chilled base, and the chocolate glaze on chilled filling
- If your chocolate topping is cracking a lot when you cut the bars, you can prevent that by running the knife under hot water and then drying it off in between cuts
- I can get custard powder at any grocery store here in the baking aisle, but it can be tough to find in some places – if you’re having trouble finding it, check the international aisle at your grocery store, or you can get it online – this is the custard powder I use
- This recipe halves quite well made in an 8×8-inch baking pan instead – if a 9×13-inch pan is too many Nanaimo bars for you
- Here are a few more great recipes for you that pair perfectly with a glass of milk: Butter Tarts, Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark, and Chewy Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies