Nanaimo Bars (from Canada’s Maritime provinces)

The Nanaimo bar is a dessert item of Canadian origin popular across North America. It is a bar dessert which requires no baking and is named after the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia on Vancouver Island.

First layer:

1/2 c soft butter

1/3 c sugar

4 T unsweetened cocoa powder

1 beaten egg

2 c graham cracker crumbs

1 c coconut

Second layer:

1/2 c soft butter

4 T heavy cream

3 T vanilla instant pudding powder

2 c powdered sugar

Third layer:

6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips

1 T butter

Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir to melt. Add egg and stir to thicken, 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and add crumbs and coconut, mixing well. Press into 8″ square pan.

Cream together next portion of butter, cream, pudding mix and powdered sugar, beating to lighten. Spread over first layer and refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm.

Melt chocolate chips and butter together until smooth and spread over cold layers; chill again until firm and cut into squares.

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