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The Original Nanaimo Bar

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Nanaimo Bars are a traditional Canadian bar cookie whose origins are in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

BOTTOM LAYER

1/2 cup unsalted butter (Euro-style cultured)
1/4 cup sugar
5 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg, beaten
1 3/4 cup graham wafer crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
1 cup coconut

Melt first 3 ingredients in top of a double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8 X 8 pan.

SECOND LAYER

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 tablespoons and 2 tsp. cream
2 tablespoons vanilla custard powder (such as Birds -- see Note below)
2 cups icing sugar

Cream butter, cream, custard powder and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

THIRD LAYER

4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool When cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.

Note: Birds custard powder is widely available in the UK and Canada. However, it is harder to find in other areas of the world. If you are unable to find it, try the Napoleon Creams recipe which uses vanilla pudding. It's not quite the same, but it is a good substitute.

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Reviews of The Original Nanaimo Bar:

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  jerome davis in lacey wash.  Aug 18, 2013
Would make this again.
love them 5 stars

  Richard in Texas (married to a cannuck)  Mar 2, 2013
Would make this again.
Loved these from day one. I've got everyone from my work hooked on them too. 5 stars

  Rise in Seattle  Dec 21, 2012
Would make this again.
I've been making these since I got the original recipe back in the 1960's. They are still my favorite Christmas cookie! 5 stars

  Megan in BC  Jul 1, 2011
Would make this again.
Did you credit the city of Nanaimo website and Joyce Hardcastle where this recipe comes from originally? 5 stars

  Shelly in Wisconsin  Apr 23, 2011
Would make this again.
I found the Birds Custard Powder at Cub Foods so I thought I would make these. Wonderful! Will make again for special events. 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Petaluma, CA  Feb 20, 2011
Would make this again.
WOW! My son enjoys his chocolate and gave this a big thumbs up!! That creamy middle layer just melts. . . Yum!! 5 stars

  Rob in Raleigh,NC  Jan 6, 2011
Would make this again.
My wife loves these amazing, tasting wonder bars.Only if she had her own website selling these bars, she be in heaven. 5 stars

  Dar in Wisconsin, USA  Dec 23, 2010
Would make this again.
One of the best, if not the best, bars I have ever eaten!!!! 5 stars

  Bob in San Jose, CA  Dec 20, 2010
Would make this again.
looks very similar to a seven-layer bar,so I will try it 5 stars

  Kelsey  Dec 19, 2010
Would make this again.
Love these!!

Sarah from New Brunswick - Great idea! I was planning on making these this week, and I am going to try it with peppermint extract.
5 stars

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