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Napoleon Creams

Napoleon Creams by joyosity	Opens photo in lightbox. Hit Escape or X to exit lightbox.

Canadians know these as Nanaimo Bars. The difference is that the Original Nanaimo Bar recipe uses custard powder, which can be hard to find in the USA, whereas this recipe uses vanilla pudding mix, a more easily available ingredient in some areas.

Lest any Canadians complain, they CANNOT be Nanaimo Bars unless they are made with custard powder. ;-) Thus, these are Napoleon Creams with vanilla pudding. So there! :-)

Makes about 44

1/2 cup margarine
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten
2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
1/2 cup margarine
3 tablespoons milk
1 3-3/4-ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups powdered sugar
1 6-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons margarine

In the top of a double boiler over medium heat combine 1/2 cup margarine, cocoa, sugar, and vanilla. Stir until margarine is melted. Add one beaten egg. Stir until thickened, about 3 minutes. Add graham crackers and coconut, mix well. Press into a greased 9x9" baking pan. Cream together 1/2 cup margarine, milk, pudding mix, and powdered sugar. Beat until fluffy, then spread over the crust. Chill until firm. In the top of a clean double boiler over low heat, stir together chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons margarine until melted. Cool slightly and spread over pudding layer. Chill until set. Cut into small bars (2" x 3/4") to serve.

Note: Photo by joyosity under Creative Commons license.

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Reviews of Napoleon Creams:

1-5 of 17 reviews   Next >>

  Amanda in Buffalo, NY  Dec 21, 2014
Would make this again.
I first encountered these bars when I worked at Tim Horton\'s years ago. They ended up getting rid of them and while I knew the name I could never find a recipe until this one! They look complicated but are easy to make and so wonderfully delicious!! 5 stars

  Jen in nebraska  Dec 3, 2014
Would make this again.
love this recipe my Aunt had been making them for 50 years.Now I make them.Just made some Saturday, delicious. 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Nanaimo b.c. Canada  Nov 30, 2014
Would make this again.
I also use Bailey\'s Irish Cream in the filling, substitute the milk with Bailey\'s the best 5 stars

  Dayna in Texas  Nov 14, 2013
Would make this again.
I use to make the original nanaimo bars but had trouble finding custard powder. The vanilla powder is a great substitute! I used a 1.82oz package and had no issues. Loved them! 5 stars

  Bonnie in Nanaimo Vancouver Island BC  Oct 12, 2013
Would make this again.
Of couse here in Nanaimo we use custard powder for the "Original" bar. Delish! and rich! We also make different flavors added to the filling to make the treats.... 5 stars

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