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Butterscotch Meringue Bars

 Butterscotch Meringue Bars
These fast and easy cookies are unlike any others I've eaten. They're irresistibly rich and always draw "oohs", "aahs" and requests for the recipe after the very first bite!
36 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • MERINGUE:
  • 3 egg white
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream shortening and sugars. Beat in egg yolks, water and
  • vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to
  • creamed mixture. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • Sprinkle with butterscotch chips and pat lightly.
  • For meringue, in a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks
  • form. Gradually add brown sugar, beating well. Spread over chips.
  • Sprinkle with walnuts and gently press into meringue. Bake at
  • 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
  • Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 3 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 184 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 39 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.