December 22, 2015 by: Julie & Blayne Mcaferty
These rich Nanaimo Bars are a Christmas favorite from my childhood. The recipe came from my Aunt Bette, who is 90 years old and still making these each year for friends and family.
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. butter, divided
1/4 cup sugar
1 square unsweetened chocolate
1 egg, beaten
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup nuts
1 cup coconut
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. instant vanilla pudding mix
3 Tbsp. milk
2 cups powdered sugar
4 squares semi-sweet chocolate
Place 1/2 cup butter, sugar, and unsweetened chocolate in double boiler top and cook until well blended. Add egg and cook 5 minutes longer, stirring. Add crumbs, nuts, coconut and vanilla.
Press in bottom of 9 inch square pan. Cool 15 minutes. Cream 1/2 cup butter until fluffy. Beat in pudding mix and milk. Add powdered sugar gradually, beating until smooth.Spread over first layer. Chill 15 minutes.
Melt semi-sweet chocolate with remaining 1 Tbsp. butter, spread over 2nd layer and chill until firm.
Cut into squares before completely hardened. Keep refrigerated.