Recipe: Nanaimo bars

Recipe: Nanaimo bars

Recipe: Nanaimo bars Author: Style At Home


Recipe: Nanaimo bars

Nanaimo Bars are a uniquely Canadian dessert that take their name from Nanaimo, British Columbia. Make this no-bake, three-layer recipe in easy-to-follow steps.



  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (like Fry’s)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut

  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2-1/2 Tbsp vanilla custard powder (1 envelope, like Bird’s)
  • 2 cups icing (confectioner’s) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Three 1 oz squares semi-sweet baking chocolate

Melt 1/2 cup butter, the granulated sugar, and the cocoa in a very heavy saucepan on low heat.

Whisk in the beaten egg. Cook, stirring constantly to thicken.

Remove from the heat. Stir in the graham crumbs and coconut.

Turn the chocolate mixture into an ungreased 8- x 8-inch pan. Press down with your fingers to spread evenly.

Cream the 1/2 cup butter, cream, custard powder, icing sugar, and vanilla together. Beat well with a spoon. Spread over the crumb layer.

Melt the chocolate and the remaining 2 tbsp butter in a heavy saucepan on very low heat.

Drizzle the melted chocolate over the second layer, spreading evenly with a back of a spoon. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Bring to room temperature and cut into squares.

Yields 24 small squares.

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Excerpted from Miss Vickie's Kitchen by Vickie Kerr. Recipes Copyright © 2014 Vickie Kerr, Photography copyright © 2014 John Sherlock. Excerpted by permission of Raincoast Books, Richmond, B.C. All rights reserved. 


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Recipe: Nanaimo bars