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Double Chip Meringue Bars

This recipe came from my mom. It originally called just for chocolate chips, but the addition of peanut butter chips was a huge success. And the meringue topping makes these bars extra special.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks, water and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  • Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with chips and pat lightly. For topping, in a small bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in brown sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Spread evenly over chips.
  • Bake at 350° until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 124 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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