Napoleon Creams

Canadians know these as Nanaimo Bars. But they are not, really! 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! :-)

Napoleon Creams by joyosity

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.

Servings: 44
Country of Origin: Canada

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