Food & Drink

Naniamo Bars

Holiday scents for many include the sweet smell of cookies baking in the oven. Bellingham Herald readers share these recipes and the family memories that go along with them.


Mary A. Smith of Bellingham shares her recipe for Nanaimo Bars. She recalls making them with her mother, Janice Asher, during Christmas breaks. She said the three layers play tricks on your tongue -- semi-sweet, sweet and bitter - and it only takes one tiny square to complete a meal.


3/4 cup and 1 tablespoon butter

1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup walnuts

2 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons vanilla pudding mix

2 cups sifted powdered sugar

2 squares unsweeted chocolate


Melt 1/2 cup butter. Mix with sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, egg, coconut and walnuts.

Pat evenly into a 9-inch square pan.

Refrigerate for an hour.

Mix 1/4 cup butter, milk, pudding mix and powdered sugar.

Add a little extra milk if it is too thick.

Spread over the first layer.

Melt unsweetened chocolate and 1 tablespoon butter together in a double boiler until liquid and well mixed.

Pour over the second layer.

Refrigerate until hard and cut.

Keep refrigerated until served.

Makes 16.