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Meringue-Topped Chocolate Bars

I was first introduced to this tasty treat at a friend's house in 1956. Since then, I have made these bars too many times to count! The secret to neatly slicing the bars is using a hot, wet knife. —Alice McMasters, Oxford, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon plus 3 tablespoons shortening, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash salt


  • In a microwave, melt milk chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon shortening; stir until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, cream sugar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and remaining shortening until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Spread into an ungreased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Spread chocolate evenly over crust.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg white on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining brown sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved, about 6 minutes.
  • Carefully spread meringue over chocolate layer. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until top is dry. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars; refrigerate leftovers.

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  • Hunter Mom
    May 12, 2013

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    Feb 22, 2013

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  • ksimons
    Feb 10, 2013

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  • fatbeagle1
    Feb 9, 2013

    I made this this morning. I used 1/2 milk chocolate, and 1/2 semi sweet chips. That was the only thing I did different. It is wonderful! I would certainly make them again.

  • Heidrunca
    Feb 9, 2013

    Yuk! I doubled the recipe to put it into a 9x13. I used semi-sweet chips and it was still VERY sweet! Thank goodness I made this just to try and not for any special occasion! I don't usually comment on recipes but this downright awful!!! Eat a tablespoon of brown sugar instead, if you need a sweet fix!!

  • dellenusa
    Feb 7, 2013

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  • shacka
    Feb 7, 2013

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  • ttslham
    Feb 6, 2013

    Excellent taste and my family enjoyed it--I made it in an 8x8 glass dish--very easy to make--used margerine instead of shortening--used regular choc chips--next time I will double the recipe and put in a 9 x 9 dish--next time I will add a few tablespoons of choc cream cheese as well to the melted choc

  • sanyates
    Feb 5, 2013

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  • SummersMommy
    Feb 5, 2013

    I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9 x9 pan. Probably should have put in a 9 x 13 as I haveto spoon it out of the pan. Next time I will use semi sweet chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate. Think its just a preference