Nanaimo Bars Recipe

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My mother taught me to make these rich, delicious bar cookies when I was young. Though I've tried many variations, I always come back to this old favorite.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • 2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from the heat; blend in sugar, cocoa, vanilla, egg, crumbs and coconut. Also add nuts if desired. Press into a 9-in. square pan. In a small bowl, cream 1/4 cup butter, pudding mix, milk and sugar. Spread over crumb layer; chill. Melt chocolate and 1 tablespoon butter; spread over pudding layer. Chill before cutting into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Nanaimo Bars in Sweet and Scrumptious Chocolate 1994, p26

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