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Brown Sugar Meringue Bars

User Rating 5 Star Rating (4 Reviews)


These delicious layered bar cookies have a soft brown sugar crust, melting chocolate chips, and a brown sugar meringue crisp top. Yum.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 24-36 bars


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9" baking pan with nonstick baking spray containing flour and set aside. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup granulated sugar and butter until creamy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Gradually stir in flour and baking soda. Press dough onto bottom of greased 13x9-inch baking pan.

Beat egg whites in medium bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. (Actually, I've never been able to get the egg white mixture stiff; if you are beating and beating and stiff peaks won't form, don't worry about it. Just continue with the recipe; it will be fine.) Fold chocolate chips into the meringue and spread carefully over crust.

Bake at 325 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until top is set and lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack.

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 5 out of 5
Just like the 70s, Guest Bonnie from Huntley IL

I used to make these as a child for every event I went to, and somehow along the way lost the recipe but never the desire to make them again. Here is the recipe! Almost like mine. In the 70s there weren't milk chips, so I used semisweet to a very satisfying end. Thanks for posting this! You've made one small town girl very happy!

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