Friday, January 27, 2012

Nanaimo Bars

Another recipe I just tried...
This is from a little bakery in Spokane (WA) called Lindaman's...these were my all-time favorite treats from there, and I've had this recipe for years...over 10 years without ever trying to make them. As I've been trying to make new and different things for the teachers/staff at Ellie's school, I finally decided to try making them. And...still so yummy!!
Lindaman's Nanaimo Bars
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
5 Tbsp cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans...that's what I used)

2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup soft butter
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate (chips work great)

For crust, place butter, sugar, cocoa and vanilla in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let mixture cool a bit (otherwise you'll "cook" the egg), then add egg and mix well. Then stir in graham cracker crumbs and nuts. Press crust into a 9x12" (or if you only have 9x13",  just use that) and refrigerate until crust is cold.

For icing, combine all icing ingredients, except chocolate; beat well. Spread over cooled crust; refrigerate until chilled. Melt the semisweet chocolate in top of double boiler (or in the microwave in 30 second increments till you stir it and it's all melted). Drizzle melted chocolate over icing. Refrigerate until chilled. Cut into squares. Yield: 1 dozen

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