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Chocolate Chip Meringue Bars

 Chocolate Chip Meringue Bars
My husband and I are sugar beet farmers in the great Red River Valley. I've made these bars many times for my family, and we all love them.
36 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup ground salted peanuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening, 1/2 cup of brown sugar and sugar
  • until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks. Combine water and
  • vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed
  • mixture alternately with water mixture, beating well after each
  • addition.
  • Spread in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle
  • with chocolate chips. In a small bowl, beat egg whites over medium
  • speed until soft peaks form. Beat in remaining brown sugar, 2
  • tablespoons at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Spread over
  • chocolate chips. Top with peanuts. Bake at 350° for 30-35
  • minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: about 3 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 173 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 69 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.