Recipe by WeatherMaven
"These mouth watering, moist and chocolaty bars were always the first to disappear off my mom's holiday goodie platter. With a sweet meringue topping, these will be a hit at your next gathering."
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1 1/2 cups
brown sugar, divided
eggs, whites and yolks separated
1 (12 ounce) package
semisweet chocolate chips
this was sooooo good! it took around 20-25 min to get completely cooked, but i just waited for the meringue to get a nice tan on it, and took it out. the edges were beginning to crack a bit, and it was puffed up in the middle. it was perfect. yes, the meringue cracked when it was cut into squares, but no one cared! this was fabulous!!! a new favourite.
This recipe has great potential, but I had a couple of problems with it. First of all, these bars had a very nice flavor, but needed a little salt! I did substitute unsweetened applesauce for 1/4 cup of shortening, but had problems with the bottom of the dessert being underbaked. It needed to be baked at least 10 minutes longer than the recipe stated. Also, the meringue looked beautiful and puffy as it baked, but when I took them out, it shrunk down and pulled away from the side, creating a rather ugly appearance. The one redeeming thing about this recipe is that it is tasty; like a giant chocolate chip cookie topped with meringue. With a few alterations, this could be outstanding!
This recipe is ridiculously good. I bring in items to work probably 2-3 times a week, and this has been praised as one of the best. A couple of tips: instead of stirring in the chocolate chips, press them into the cookie dough before spreading on the meringue. After spreading on the meringue, press parchment paper lightly onto the fluff so that it doesn't brown too quickly. Carefully peel it off 2/3 of the way through baking and continue baking to allow the meringue to crisp and brown. Allow to set overnight so that the meringue softens slightly and becomes chewy and splendid. YUMMMMM
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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Serving Size: 1/24 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 121
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