At some point last year I was helping a friend find cookout-friendly recipes, and stumbled across a whole page of cookout desserts. This was the one I was most interested in, and I made it ages ago, but always thought it would be better with more meringue. I made it again this week with double the meringue, which was possibly overkill, but this stuff is good! Also, I swapped out some nuts in favor of milk chocolate chips, but…I always do that.
This starts off with just a basic shortbread, that you make by just combining the flour, powdered sugar, and butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. Press the mixture into an ungreased 9X13″ pan and bake.
While the crust is baking, separate your eggs and beat the whites in a large bowl until frothy. Continue beating and gradually add the brown sugar. Continue beating until soft peaks form when you remove the beater from the mixture. This will probably take longer than it takes for the crust to bake.
When the crust is done, remove it from the oven, but leave the oven on. Immediately pour the white chocolate, and one cup of the milk chocolate (or nuts) over the hot crust. Then get back to beating your egg whites.
Once you’re done beating the meringue, spread it over the chocolate chip-covered crust, and sprinkle the remaining quarter cup of chocolate chips/nuts on top. I’m embarrassed to admit, but I actually ran out of milk chocolate and had to supplement with white chocolate and butterscotch chips. I like butterscotch, so no huge loss there!
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown and hollow sounding. You can eat it as soon as it’s cool enough to touch, or later once it’s completely cooled. If you keep it covered, it’ll keep for days.
I took mine out of the oven and left it out to cool, fell asleep, and didn’t cover it until the next morning, so it sort of collapsed, but is still delicious.
I would definitely bring this to a cookout, if I could figure out a good way to transport it by bike!
White Chip Meringue Bars
Adapted from Serious Eats (approximately 3/4 of the way down the page).
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips(/coarsely chopped nuts/butterscotch chips), divided
- 6 large egg whites
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine flour, powdered sugar and butter with pastry blender or 2 knives in medium bowl until crumbly. Press evenly onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Sprinkle white chocolate and 1 cup milk chocolate chips over hot crust.
Beat egg whites in large mixer bowl until frothy. Gradually add brown sugar. Beat until soft peaks form. Carefully spread meringue over chocolate chips. Sprinkle with remaining quarter cup of chocolate. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or cool completely.