Nanaimo Squares or Nanimo Bars
I love Nanaimo bars. They come from a little fishing village in Canada named Nanaimo. I’ve tried a few recipes, but this one is the best by far. My mom, Christie, found this one and I only felt compelled to change it a touch. She uses walnuts, I use peanuts. I’ve tried almonds and hazelnuts, but found they were too dry for this dish.
1/2 C butter
1/4 C sugar
5 T cocoa
1 C Chopped nuts
1/2 C fine coconut
2 C crushed graham crackers
Place first 3 ingredients in pan over low heat and stir until the butter is almost totally melted. Cool and add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Press firmly in 8 or 9 inch square pan. Flatten into pan with flat-bottomed measuring cup. Cover will filling.
1/2 C butter
2 T instant vanilla pudding
3 T milk
2 C confectioners’ sugar
Soak pudding mix in milk. Cream butter and add pudding mixture and confectioners’ sugar alternating. If it isn’t a lovely frosting consistency, then add a touch more milk until it does. Spread on top of chocolate base then pour chocolate topping over the filling.
2 T butter
6 squares bitter chocolate
Melt over low heat stirring then pour over filling.
- 8” or 9” pan is great
- Refrigerate the pan until well set before slicing (and keep extra bars in fridge)
- It’s very rich, tiny bars are more appropriate
- Remove from fridge about 20 minutes before serving. Like cheese, they need a few minutes to release all their tasty flavors.