This morning I made Nanaimo Bars, a pudding-filled chocolate topped bar cookie very popular in Canada. The results were crumbly crust, sweet filling and chocolate topping. If you’ve never tried Nanaimo bars, I highly recommend making them at least once. Frankly, I like them but am not crazy about the crumbly crust. It’s traditional, but I think I’d prefer a more fudge brownie-like base. There are plenty of variations on the recipe, so I’ll probably try a few more.
Speaking of which, we dropped Fuzz off in the classroom this morning where the teacher had a laid coloring page on each child’s desk. Fuzz turned to the kid next to her and asked “Is there some special way we are supposed to color this?” I found that funny. All summer long, she’s been rather non-linear…..and now she needs to know if there’s a special procedure for doing a coloring page.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 3/4 graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar lightly spooned
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoon instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons butter or shortening
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 inch square pan with nonstick foil or parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together melted butter, sugar and cocoa. Stir in egg and vanilla. When smooth, add crumbs, walnuts and coconut. Press crumb mixture tightly into the pan and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together butter and powdered sugar, then beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in vanilla, pudding mix and milk. Spread the filling over the cooled crust, then chill for about an hour.
- Prepare topping. Melt the butter or shortening with the chocolate chips. Pour over top of bars and chill just until the bars start to set. Before the chocolate gets too hard, score the bars into squares.