I make cookies to send to Ed’s staff on the first Friday of each month. The November cookies were called Nainaimo Bars.

A creamy, chocolatey treat, Nanaimo Bars originated in Canada in the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia (otherwise they would be called New York Bars, or New Brunswick Bars, eh?)

I first heard of them from the Christopher Guest mocumentary, A Mighty Wind (2003). Catherine O’Hara’s character, Mickey Crabbe, responds to the question “Would you consider doing both parts?” with …
“No, I’d consider going home, making a nice tray of nainaimo bars, lying in bed and watching TV”

I was curious, and after a little research, I decided the recipes looked really yummy. I finally make them, and they got the most recipe requests of any Cookie Day (ever).

I used this recipe for Nainaimo Bars.

Note — I could not find Custard Powder. I believe it is available in specialty markets, and where British foods are sold. For a double recipe (4 tablespoons custard powder) I substituted 3 tablespoons Corn Starch, and 1 tablespoon instant Vanilla Pudding powder. It worked just fine.