When I was going to graduate school in Seattle we used to drive up to Whistler, BC often to go skiing. Back then it was amazing and beautiful (just like it is now) but also still a little “undiscovered”. There weren’t nearly the crowds of people which made it perfect. One of the things I always bought when I was there were Nanaimo Bars. They were the perfect treat and one I couldn’t find anywhere around Seattle.
The Nanaimo Bar is named after the west coast city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. It consists of a wafer crumb-based layer topped by a layer of custard flavored butter icing and then a layer of melted chocolate. Sound delicious? Well, it is!
The Secret Recipe Club is doing a special reveal day today focused around Holiday Treats. Holiday Treats? Yes, please. I’m all about baking most days but around the holidays it’s a must for me. I’m not sure if it’s the smells in my house or giving plates of baked goodies to friends but I love it.
When I saw her recipe for Nanaimo Bars, I knew that was the holiday treat I was going to make. It was a no brainer. I’ve made these in years past but not for quite awhile. And, believe it or not, when I was telling my friends about Nanaimo Bars, they had never heard of them. Gasp! I needed to fix that ASAP.
Nanaimo Bars consist of three layers. The bottom layer is a chocolate, coconut, pecan cookie layer that is delicious!
Then there’s a layer of…. it’s like a custard and buttercream frosting mix. (Marriage made in heaven!)
And topped with a dark chocolate layer. I have to say that I am not a dark chocolate person and everything I make normally has milk chocolate in it. But these bars are rich (not that that’s a bad thing!) but I thought that milk chocolate would make them too sweet. So I stayed with the dark chocolate. Excellent choice.
Let them cool and then cut into squares.
My co-workers loved them! Definitely a recipe that you should make and add to your Christmas cookie platter.