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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large 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 semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup ground salted peanuts


  • 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 15x10x1-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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 173 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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