Meringue Cookie Bars

By now, you know that I have a love for all things chocolate. I found this recipe and thought it was an original take on the traditional blondie. The meringue adds lightness and a certain crispness to the chewy cookie bar crust.

 

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We made these bars with my son to bring on one of his playdates. I’m not sure who ended up eating more of them, but I strongly believe it was the mommies. Although the kids had extremely sticky fingers which makes me suspect they polished up quite a few.

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1/2 cup butter, room temperature

½ cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 whole egg + 2 eggs, separated

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2/3 cup light brown sugar

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and line a square or rectangular baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, 1 whole egg plus 2 egg yolks and vanilla extract.
  3. Beat in flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips and spread in your prepared baking pan.
  5. In a clean bowl, whisk the 2 remaining egg whites until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes on high.
  6. Fold in the brown sugar and stir until smooth.
  7. Spread on top of unbaked cookie crust and bake 25-30 minutes until top is golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

 

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