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A piece of Magpie's Bailey's Bars with Chocolate on Top

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A piece of Magpie's Bailey's Bars with Chocolate on Top
Magpie’s Bailey’s Bars

I wanted to jazz up Nanaimo bars. I don’t know why I thought of Bailey’s, other than I wanted to add it to my coffee as usual first thing in the morning while trying to deal with getting the kids up and out to school, but as usual, I resisted temptation. I did not, however, resist making bars with Baileys in the middle.

These received rave reviews from the gals at work (but they will eat anything, I swear) and you can adjust the Bailey’s to your liking in the middle layer. I am a little out of season, these would be fabulous at Christmas.

You can also make a mint version AND a peanut butter one. Oh..my lord..can you imagine the peanut butter one?

Ingredients Needed:

Bottom Layer
1/2 cup of butter
1/3 cup of sifted cocoa
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1 3/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup of unsweetened coconut
1/2 shaved chocolate

Middle Layer
2 cups of icing sugar
1/2 cup of butter
2 1/2-3 tbsp of Mint Chocolate Baileys
2 tbsp of cornstarch

Top Layer
1 cup of chocolate chips
2 tbsp butter

Ingredients needed for Bailey's Bars all on top of table

Melt the butter, cocoa and sugar together in a pot on low heat.

butter, cocoa and sugar together in a large pot

Shave the 1/2 cup of chocolate. I wanted to make the bottom more chocolaty and make up for the lack of any nuts in the base.

Shaved chocolate in a plate

Remove the melted butter/cocoa mix from the stove and beat the egg in quickly, making sure there are no lumps.

beating the egg in melted butter/cocoa mix in a large pot

Add in the graham crumbs and coconut, then when it’s slightly cooler add in the chocolate shavings.

Adding the graham crumbs and coconut to melted mixture in a pot

Press the crumb base into an ungreased 9×9 pan.

Pressed crumb base in baking pan

Cream the butter and icing sugar together with a mixer till creamy. Add in the cornstarch and whip until smooth again.

Creaming the butter and icing sugar together using a mixer

Everything is better with Baileys.

a bottle of Baileys brand mint chocolate

Add in 2-3 tablespoons of the magic ingredient. Yum.

adding a tablespoons of mint chocolate to the mixture

Gack. Speaking of magical, where’s that cleaning fairy o’ mine?

Oh right, he’s at work. I need to stop cooking until he gets home and then do my usual tornado style of baking and leave it for him.

Love you honey.

all baking ingredients and materials on top of table

This makes me chuckle. I asked my daughter to peel my lunch for me and this is as far as she got before she lost attention and wandered off. Momma has to peel her own lunch.

Or perhaps just have a liquid lunch *insert nefarious wiggling eyebrows here*

peeling the fresh orange using a spoon

Melt the chocolate chips and butter together.

chocolate chips and butter together in a Pyrex measuring cup

melted chocolate chips and butter in a Pyrex measuring cup

Spread the chocolate over the top and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

chocolate spread all over the crumbs in a baking pan

Slice and serve.

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Magpie's Bailey's Bars

Bars kicked up a notch with Bailey cream filling.
5 from 2 votes
A piece of Magpie's Bailey's Bars with Chocolate on Top
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
Course
Dessert
Cuisine
American
Servings
16
Calories
366
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter Bottom Layer
  • 1/3 cup sifted cocoa
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup shaved chocolate
  • 2 cups icing sugar Middle Layer
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 1/2-3 tablespoons Mint Chocolate Bailey's
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup chocolate chips Top Layer
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter, cocoa and sugar together in a pot on low heat. 

  2. Shave the 1/2 cup of chocolate. I wanted to make the bottom more chocolaty and make up for the lack of any nuts in the base.

  3. Remove the melted butter/cocoa mix from the stove and beat the egg in quickly, making sure there are no lumps. 

  4. Add in the graham crumbs and coconut, then when it's slightly cooler add in the chocolate shavings. 

  5. Press the crumb base into an ungreased 9×9 pan. 

  6. Cream the butter and icing sugar together with a mixer till creamy. 
  7. Add in the cornstarch and whip until smooth again. Everything is better with Baileys. Add in 2-3 tablespoons of the magic ingredient. Yum. Gack. Speaking of magical, where's that cleaning fairy o' mine? Oh right, he's at work. I need to stop cooking until he gets home and then do my usual tornado style of baking and leave it for him. Love you honey. 

  8. This makes me chuckle. I asked my daughter to peel my lunch for me and this is as far as she got before she lost attention and wandered off. Momma has to peel her own lunch. Or perhaps just have a liquid lunch *insert nefarious wiggling eyebrows here* 

  9. Melt the chocolate chips and butter together. 

  10. Spread the chocolate over the top and refrigerate for a couple of hours. Slice and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 366kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 46mg, Sodium: 189mg, Potassium: 110mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 29g, Vitamin A: 445IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 1.4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Around the World in 80 Cupcakes says

    Bailey’s Bars you say??!! Come to mama \U0001f60d\U0001f60d\U0001f60d

  2. Candice Gamez says

    Oh I just might have to try this recipe. 2 of my favorites.

  3. Rachel says

    I made these today. Just fantastic! Thank you for the recipe!

  4. Karlynn says

    Oh, I am glad to hear that they turned out great! They ARE rich, and your husband would be pretty popular at work if he took them in 😉 nothing like a little taste of Bailey’s to brighten up the day! Happy birthday to your husband!

  5. Hazen says

    Mission accomplished. This tastes fantastic! This dessert is so rich, a little goes a long way (and boy is it great to have with a fruity drink). I may end up making another batch for my husband to take in to work! Thanks for sharing this recipe! 😀

  6. Hazen says

    These look so good that I’m making a batch for my husband’s birthday tomorrow (he’s not a cake person)!

  7. Rebecca says

    OMG!!! Please tell me you are bringing some (even just one for me) into work on Friday!!!!! YUM!

  8. Slobbering on the Keyboard says

    Oh nom nom nom! I can only imagine how yummy those bars could have been! (Oh, btw, I wish I had a cleaning fairy…that wouyld make things soooo much easier!)

  9. Kandice says

    MMMMM yummy! I also think a peanut butter version would be awesome.
    Hmmmm, would it be wrong to drink my coffee with the Baileys while at the same time eating the Bailey’s Bars for breakfast? I mean really would that be so wrong?

  10. Blackbird Pie says

    Yum! Funny, you said Bailey’s and my mind went “ooh, some kind of chocolate mint liqueur would be good” and lo and behold- chocolate mint Bailey’s!

    Great minds think a like. And so do ours!

    I have had cherry nanaimo bars, and mint ones. The peanut butter ones would be awesome, like a fancy reese’s cup.

    Your way looks easier, when I make mine I always end up with a double boiler in there somewhere, probably for melting the chocolate squares.

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