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Nanaimo Bars Recipe

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1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg beaten
1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
2 cups graham crumbs
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 cup butter
2 tbs milk
2 tbs Bird's vanilla custard powder
2 cups sifted icing sugar
2 squares semi-sweet or unsweetened chocolate
1 tbs butter

Bottom Layer: In saucepan over low heat, melt butter, add, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and egg. Cook, stirring over medium eat until mixture thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in coconut, crumbs and nuts. Pat firmly into buttered 9 inch square baking pan. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Filling: In medium bowl, cream butter, beat in milk, custard powder and icing sugar. If too thick to spread add 1 teaspoon milk. Spread over first layer and refrigerate until firm.
Top: In a dish over hot water or in microwave on low power melt chocolate and butter. Spread over filling.
Before chocolate hardens, mark out squares. Refrigerate or freeze. Makes about 24 squares.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I got this recipe from my sister Joan and it is my favourite! I have been making it almost every Christmas since!




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