Meringue Coconut Bars Recipe
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Meringue Coconut Bars Recipe

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Looking for an ooey-gooey bar that's delicious and different? This luscious recipe combines a cookie crust, rich chocolate layer and brown sugar meringue for the ultimate treat. Put a few on the side for yourself because they go fast.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 brownie: 158 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 79mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream the butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture just until blended (batter will be thick). Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts.
  2. In another large bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining brown sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over the top.
  3. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Meringue Coconut Bars in Taste of Home April/May 2005 , p31

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 265759
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"I fixed these for Sunday dinner and there were such a hit that friends served the remaining ones for a potluck. They were loved by all!"

CoachCarrie User ID: 6531284 117607
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"easy, delicious, and what a great change from a "regular" brownie! These were a smash hit at home and at work!"

Metalchick36 User ID: 7004765 140904
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"These are so sinfully good!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 59213
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012 Edited Sep. 5, 2014

"I made these brownies when they recipe came out in 2005 for the Brownie contest! They were a real hit with the youth group I would bake for each month! Yes, I would make this recipe again! I made these brownies again 9/5/14! I greased and floured my baking pan! I'd made adjustments with the salt and baking soda and used 1 tsp. each of baking soda and salt. I'd used 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup vegetable shortening to conserve on my butter supply! The chocolate chips, I reduced to 1 cup and I crushed enough miniature DARK chocolate Hershey candy bars in my food processor to make 2/3 cup to 3/4 cup. I kept the amount of coconut the same! I omitted the nuts!

I baked 30 minutes and brownies tested done! delowenstein"

shellecka User ID: 6676309 105636
Reviewed May. 4, 2012

"Excellent taste but am I doing something wrong when spreading the meringue? I had a hard time spreading it. Any suggestions?"

amaliatrusca User ID: 5819963 110241
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Like cookbookmom says: people are fascinated with hte meringue, and the combination of meringue, coconut and chocolate chips, is just spectacular. I would make it again 1000 more times!"

slarsen511 User ID: 5630333 206248
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2011

"These are so good. I have made them many times and everyone loves them! They are definately worth making."

arinrose User ID: 5454165 142315
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2010

"I made this recipe for a co-worker's birthday, and the whole office flipped for them! The name doesn't quite capture this delicious little treasure. My co-workers re-named them little gooey magic bites. They are divine!"

cookbookmom User ID: 807408 59211
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2008

"These are amazing--even without the nuts! Most people are fascinated by the meringue topping. Can't be beat!"

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