Pictured: Nanaimo Bars and Midnight Mint Bars

Here is a classic dessert, year-round! Originally from Canada, I am proud to make it AND eat it! 😉

Recipe from Jean Pare’s book: “150 Delicious Squares.”

Nanaimo Bars

First layer:
½ cup butter or margarine
¼ cup sugar
5 Tbsp cocoa
1 egg
1 ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
¾ cup coconut
½ finely chopped walnuts

Melt first 3 ingredients in a heavy pot. Add egg and mix until cooked and thickened. Remove from heat. Incorporate graham cracker crumbs, coconut and walnuts. Press firmly in an un-greased 9×9” dish.*

Second layer:
½ cup butter or margarine
3 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp vanilla pudding mix
2 Tbsp icing sugar

Beat butter, milk, pudding mix and icing sugar. Beat until mix is fluffy. Spread on top of first layer.

Third layer:
2/3 cup chocolate chips (or 4 squares semisweet chocolate)
2 Tbsp butter

Melt chocolate chips and butter on low heat. Coo. When chocolate is cooled but still liquid, spread on top of layers. Cool in fridge. Use a sharp knife to cut. Makes 36 squares.

* Tip: Line your dish with foil paper (overlapping the sides) before putting your layers in. Then, once cooled, it is easy to lift the entire square of bars out and cuts much easier than trying to cut and lift each little square out of the dish.