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Looking for a definitive recipe, I searched on line and found some, but does anyone have a tried and true, knock out of a recipe?

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  1. i don't know if there is a "definitive" recipe--i too did an online search a while back and they are all slightly different.
    you'll just have to make several and see what you like :)
    the one i ended up making uses instant vanilla pudding mix, which makes it slightly gritty and thus not a knockout, but still calms that chocolate jones right down.

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    1. re: rudysmom

      From my cousin on Prince Edward Island (Nanaimo squares are a Canadian thing)

      Shirley's Chocolate coconut Bars

      1/4 cup sugar
      1/2 cup butter
      3 tablespoons cocoa
      1 cup coconut
      1 egg, beaten
      2 cups graham cracker crumbs
      1/2 cup chopped nuts

      Place butter, sugar and cocoa in a double boiler. Cook over hot water until smooth. Add beaten egg and stir until thickened. Remove from heat and add crumbs, coconut and nuts. Press into 7x11 pan and put in fridge to set.

      Cream filling

      1 stick butter
      2 cups confectioners sugar
      2 Tablespoons hot water

      Cream together and spread over first layer. Put back in fridge.

      Chocolate glaze

      Melt 2 squares of bittersweet chocolate and 1 tablespoon of butter and pour over cream layer.

      Enjoy! These are best refrigerated or out of the freezer especially in these warmer months.

      1. re: tweetie

        only 4000 miles between nanaimo and Prince Edward Island. But, as long as its a canadian thing...

    2. There is a mix out there too, FYI. It's by Robin Hood and pretty good considering. Yum... I haven't had a nanaimo bar in quite a while.

      1. The definitive recipe as far as I am concerned is on the side of the Bird's custard powder can and you use that to make the filling. The bottom should have a graham crumb base and include finely grated sweet coconut. The base should not be cakey or too smooth like the mixes. I've never had a mix that got the base right.

        1. Been making this one forever in our family (yes, Canadian too!)

          Nanaimo Bars

          Bottom Layer

          ½ cup butter or margarine

          ¼ cup granulated sugar

          5 tbsp. cocoa

          1 egg, beaten

          1 ¾ cups graham wafer crumbs

          1 cup coconut (fine)

          ½ cup nuts (finely chopped)

          Melt first 3 three ingredients in top of double boiler or in heavy saucepan. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat and stir in crumbs, coconut and nuts. Press firmly into ungreased 9 x 9 inch pan.

          Middle Layer

          ½ cup butter or margarine

          3 tbsp. milk

          2 tbsp. vanilla custard powder

          2 cups icing sugar

          Cream butter, milk, custard powder and icing sugar together well. Spread over bottom layer.

          Top Layer

          2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or 4 (1 oz.) squares chocolate

          2 tbsp. butter or margarine

          Melt chips and butter over low heat. Cool. When cool but still runny, spread over second layer.

          Chill in refrigerator.

          Makes 36 squares.

          1. I have used this recipie with success...

            Nanaimo Bars

            Ingredients:
            First Layer:
            1/2 cup butter, melted
            1/4 cup brown sugar
            3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
            1 egg, beaten
            2 cups graham wafer crumbs
            1 cup flaked coconut
            1/2 cup chopped walnuts

            Second layer:
            2 cups icing sugar (confectioner's sugar
            1/4 cup butter, softened
            1/4 cup cream or milk
            2 Tbsp. custard powder

            Third Layer:
            3 - 1 oz. (3-30 g) chocolate squares
            (sweet or semisweet)
            1/4 cup butter

            Instructions:
            To make first layer:
            Combine ingredients and pat into a 9" square ungreased pan. Chill for 1/2 hour.
            To make second layer: Beat all ingredients until smooth and fluffy. Spread carefully on top of first layer.

            To make third layer:
            Melt chocolate and butter together. Spread over second layer and chill. Cut into small bars. Very Rich and Very Delicious!

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            1. re: geminigirl

              Thanks to all. I looked at all of the recipes and kind of used a combination of all the variations, they turned out wonderful! Finding the Bird's custard powder was a bit of a challenger, but I was successful.