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Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Bars

My grandmother made these delicious bar cookies with a unique meringue topping for every holiday and birthday gathering. She's now gone, but her wonderful recipe lives on.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks, water and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until top is dry.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat egg whites, vanilla and salt on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in brown sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time on high until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread over warm crust to within 1 in. of edges. Sprinkle with walnuts. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 231 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • gaylene2
    May 22, 2014

    These were good, but make sure you don't over-bake. I didn't need the full 25 minutes on the second baking. The meringue is kind of a fun touch to make this unique.