Nanaimo Bars

Posted on August 14, 2011


I found this recipe when I was searching for Canadian food in honor of the Olympics.  Apparently, it is a very popular dessert in British Canada.  Now it is a very popular dessert at our house.  It is rich, delicious, and no-bake!

Nanaimo Bars 

Bottom Layer:

1/2 c. butter

1/4 c. sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 T. cocoa

2 c. chocolate cookie crumbs, or chocolate graham cracker crumbs

1 c. finely shredded coconut (I use the unsweetened kind)

1/2 c. chopped pecans

Combine the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and cocoa in a glass bowl.  Microwave on 1/2 power for one minute intervals until the butter is mixed and the mixture is thickened.  If you think there are any cooked egg bits, pour the mixture through a metal mesh colander.  Mix with the cookie crumbs, coconut, and nuts.  Press the mixture into a greased square glass pan.  Let rest for fifteen minutes.

Middle Layer:

1/4 c. butter

3 T. milk

2 cups powdered sugar

2 T. instant vanilla pudding mix

Mix together and spread over the bottom layer.

Top layer:

4 oz. 60% semi-sweet chocolate

1 T. butter

Melt chocolate and butter in microwave on 1/2 power until smooth. Spread over the the very top of the bars.

Refrigerate for about 30 minutes and then cut into small bars.  Return to the fridge and chill thoroughly.

These are very rich, so just eat one.  Ha!


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