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Nanaimo Bars

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These were always a Christmas treat when I was growing up. Very easy to make and so good. My boys love them.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE BASE:
  • ½ cups Butter
  • ¼ cups Sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 2 cups Crushed Graham Crackers
  • 1 cup Coconut
  • ½ cups Chopped Walnuts
  • FOR THE ICING:
  • ¼ cups Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Custard Powder
  • 2 cups Icing Sugar
  • FOR THE CHOCOLATE TOP:
  • 4 whole Semi-sweet Chocolate Squares
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter

Preparation

For the base:

Place 1/2 cup butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and egg in a bowl. Set bowl in a dish of boiling water. Stir well until mixture resembles a thin custard. Add graham crackers, coconut and walnuts; mix well. Press mixture into an 8″ square baking pan and spread with icing.

For the icing:

Cream 1/4 cup of butter. Mix milk and vanilla custard powder together, then add to butter. Blend in 2 cups of icing sugar. Spread over the base and put in refrigerator to harden.

For the chocolate top:

Melt 4 semi-sweet chocolate squares with 1 tablespoon butter and spread over icing. When set, cut into bars. I like to score the chocolate before it is completely set so that the chocolate doesn’t crack when cutting up the bars.

Keep refrigerated.

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Twinks on 7.13.2010

Oh my these look great! I’ve never seen Vanilla Custard Powder. I will have to look that one up

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Fannie on 2.13.2010

I made these as a dessert while watching the olympic opening ceremonies. I even made my own gluten free graham crackers and they turned out wonderful! Thanks for the recipe!

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sjohnson on 11.20.2009

These were great!

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noey on 10.21.2009

This is my favorite dessert! I always double the chocolate/butter top to make it thicker. Thanks for posting!

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