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Three-Layer Bars

 Three-Layer Bars
The holidays wouldn't be the same without these rich, candy-like bars. A little goes a long way to satisfying a sweet tooth.
16 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 60 wafers)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FILLING:
  • 3 tablespoons cold milk
  • 3 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • TOPPING:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa and sugar. Cook and
  • stir over low heat until butter is melted. Stir a small amount of
  • mixture into the egg; return all to the pan, stirring constantly.
  • Cook over low heat for 5 minutes or until mixture reaches 160°.
  • Stir in the wafer crumbs, coconut and vanilla.
  • Press into an ungreased 8-in. square dish. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2
  • minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes.

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Three-Layer Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Beat in pudding. Spread over crust. Cover and
  • refrigerate for 15 minutes or until firm.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Cool
  • slightly. Spread over filling. Refrigerate until serving. Cut into
  • bars. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.