Caramel Meringue Bars

  • Yield 40 to 60 pieces

Caramel, coconut and nuts star in these tasty bars.

Ingredients

3/4 cup soft butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
3 -- eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon soda
1 -- (6-ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate bits
1 cup coconut, flaked
3/4 cup chopped nuts
1 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Blend butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg yolks and vanilla.  Beat 2 minutes with electric mixer, scraping bowl constantly.  Sift flour, baking powder, salt and soda.  Stir into creamed mixture until thoroughly mixed.  Spread or pat dough into greased 9 1/2×13-inch pan.  Sprinkle with chocolate bits, coconut, and nuts.  Beat egg whites until frothy.  Add 1 cup brown sugar.  Beat until stiff but not dry.  Spread on top of chocolate mixture and bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350F.  Cool.  Cut into bars.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Junior League of Little Rock’s Little Rock Cooks (Little Rock, Arkansas 1972).

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