Nanaimo Bars

Lisa Kaye

By
@leekaye

These are my daughter's favorite. On special occasions (all A's, an extra well cleaned room, asking me if I've lost weight), we make both versions.


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Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Ingredients

BASE LAYER

1/2 c
unsalted butter
1/2 c
sugar
5 Tbsp
cocoa
1 large
egg, beaten
1 c
coconut
1 3/4 c
graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c
finely chopped slivered almonds

SECOND LAYER

1/2 c
unsalted butter
2 Tbsp
heavy cream
2 Tbsp
instant vanilla pudding mix
2 c
powdered sugar

- OR - ALTERNATE SECOND LAYER

1/3 c
unsalted butter
1/2 c
powdered sugar
1/3 c
peanut butter

TOP LAYER

4
chocolate, semi sweet squares
2 Tbsp
unsalted butter

Directions Step-By-Step

1
BOTTOM LAYER: Melt butter, sugar and cocoa in the top of a double boiler. (Sometimes I cheat and use a microwave on high, checking and stirring every 30 seconds. Go ahead. I'm not the double boiler police.)
2
Crack the egg into a small bowl and temper it by stirring in just a little of the melted butter mixture. (Otherwise you'll have scrambled egg pieces in your lovely butter mixture.) Stir in the egg then cook to thicken, stirring all the while, about 4-5 minutes.
3
Remove from heat. Stir in graham cracker crumbs, coconut and chopped nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8"x8" square pan.
4
SECOND LAYER: Cream butter, heavy cream, instant vanilla pudding mix and powdered sugar. Spread over bottom layer then lick your fingers. (Yes, I know you tasted it.)
5
THIRD LAYER: Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool slightly but don't let it harden. Pour over the second layer then put the pan in the in the fridge to chill as long as you can stand it before you pull up a chair and devour it with a spoon. (WHAT!? Don't tell me you've never done that.)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Chocolate
Other Tag: Quick & Easy