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“My mother made these squares every year at Christmas. I don't have her recipe, but this award winning recipe from the City of Nanaimo is pretty close. They take a bit of time, but are quite easy to make. The key is to let each layer cool before adding the next layer. This recipe calls for almonds, but you can use any nut you like (pecans, walnuts, etc.). These are quite rich, so I recommend cutting into 25 pieces (5x5 rows). Note: cooking time is chill time.”
25 squares

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Bottom Layer
  • 12 cup butter
  • 14 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 14 cups graham wafer crumbs
  • 12 cup almonds, finely chopped
  • 1 cup coconut
  • Middle Layer
  • 12 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 2 teaspoons cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla custard powder (can substitute instant vanilla pudding powder)
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • Top Layer
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate (squares or chips)
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. BOTTOM LAYER: Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler.
  2. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts.
  5. Press firmly into an ungreased 8x8 pan.
  6. Let cool.
  7. MIDDLE LAYER: Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well.
  8. Beat until light.
  9. Spread over bottom layer.
  10. Chill in fridge.
  11. TOP LAYER: Melt chocolate and butter in top of double boiler.
  12. Cool.
  13. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer.
  14. Let chocolate layer set until firm, but not hard.
  15. Score into squares (this makes them easier to cut when chilled).
  16. Chill in refrigerator.

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