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Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars recipe

Named after the West-Coast city of Nanaimo,British Columbia, this layered bar is one of Canada’s favoriteand best known confections.

Recipe: Peanut Butter NanaimoBars

Base:1/2 cup butter1/4 cup granulated sugar1 tablespoon cocoa powder1 large egg2 cups graham cracker crumbs1 cup shredded coconut1/2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • In saucepan over low heat, cook butter,sugar, cocoa and egg until thickenedand smooth, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Removefrom heat. Add graham cracker crumbs, coconut,peanuts and vanilla; mix well.
  • Press evenly into buttered 9-inch squaredish. Refrigerate until firm, about15 minutes.Filling:1/2 cup peanut butter2 tablespoons butter, softened2 tablespoons instant vanilla puddingmix2 cups powdered sugar4 tablespoons milk
  • Mix well together and spread over baselayer. Refrigerate 15 minutes.Topping:1 cup (6-ounces) semi-sweet chocolatechips1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • Melt chocolate and shortening over hotwater. (Or melt chocolate with shorteningin microwave at 50% power for 3 minutes, stirring once.) Spread over filling layer. Cover and refrigerateuntil set, about 1 hour.
  • Bars keep for 2 weeks, covered, in refrigerator.

    Makes 24 bars.

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