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Meringue Coconut Bars

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Makes

3 dozen

Looking for an ooey-gooey bar that's delicious and different? This luscious recipe combines a cookie crust, rich chocolate layer and brown sugar meringue for the ultimate treat. Put a few on the side for yourself because they go fast.
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream the butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture just until blended (batter will be thick). Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts.
  2. In another large bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining brown sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over the top.
  3. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 brownie: 158 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 79mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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