I first heard about these from my cousin Janey, and it took her a while to explain how to pronounce the name Nanaimo. “Nah-nye-a-mo” seems to be the preferred pronunciation, as opposed to “Nana-e-mo”, and the recipe I have is from Doris Osborne, who was probably a friend of my maternal grandmother. I often see these bars as part of a bake sale or potluck, and after reading the recipe, I see why.
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup flake coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla pudding mix
- 3 Tablespoons milk
- 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 3 squares semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 Tablespoon butter
Melt 1/2 cup butter in saucepan. Blend in sugar, cocoa, vanilla, egg, crumbs, nuts and coconut. Press in a 9″ square pan.
Cream 1/4 cup butter and add dry pudding mix, milk and confectioner’s sugar. Blend well. Spread over top of crumb mixture and chill thoroughly.
Melt chocolate with 1 Tablespoon butter. Blend and spread over chilled mixture, then cut into squares.
Well, what do you know? These are not even baked! Perfect for a hot summer picnic, when you need a little sweet treat. Or any other time when a bar cookie is appropriate!