Nanaimo Bars

These are only known to my family as Grandma's Chocolate Squares. My paternal grandmother made these and my mother took to making them for Christmas. I don't recall a Christmas without them. However, when my older brother discovered that they weren't Grandma's creation, but instead a winning recipe from Nanaimo, B.C., well, we may have been disillusioned, but we weren't all too sad. After all, we still have the recipe!

These are layered and luscious -- so rich that I only make one pan -- although, you know the kids would like a pan each.

Hands-On Time: 30 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour
Yield: 36 1-1/2-inch squares

First Layer

    1/2 C butter, softened
    3 T milk
    2 T instant vanilla pudding
    2 C powdered sugar

Second Layer

    1/2 C Butter
    1/4 C granulated sugar
    1 egg
    5 T cocoa
    1 tsp. vanilla
    2 C graham cracker crumbs
    1 C coconut
    1/2 C chopped walnuts

Third Layer

    1 6-oz. package chocolate chips


  1. First Layer: Mix butter, sugar, eggs, cocoa, & vanilla over hot water until it resembles custard.
  2. Add the crumbs, coconutand walnuts.
  3. Press into a 9 X 9-inch square pan.
  4. Cool.
  5. Second Layer: Cream butter, milk and pudding together, then blend in powdered sugar.
  6. Spread over the first layer and let stand for 15 minutes.
  7. Third Layer: Melt chocolate and spread over the second layer.
  8. Cut into squares.
See more recipes from Anne Coleman (aka Short Order Mom).

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