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This recipe is my Dad’s favorite. Three Layer Party bars! With a name like that, you can’t go wrong. They have a cookie layer on bottom, melted chocolate in the middle and a meringue top. They are sort of like a chocolate chip cookie with the chocolate in the middle and a crunchy (or chewy) meringue top.
Here’s the line up of all the ingredients. Because there are three layers to these bars, there are two measured out bowls of sugar. One for the bottom layer, and one for the top.
The recipe and the how to is all listed below, but here’s a bit of the step by step. Here’s the bottom cookie layer pressed into the bottom of a 8×8 pan before baking.
The middle layer…au chocolat…
The top layer is a meringue top. Here’s the deal…I made this recipe last night, and I was literally racing the sun. I wanted to take good pictures of this recipe, and I may have undercooked the meringue a little. oops! Sometime’s “a blogger’s gotta do what a blogger’s”. SO…if you prefer meringue to be more crispy and crunchy than the pictures here show, go ahead and leave it in the oven a little longer, watching it as it goes.
Here’s the recipe:
Three Layer Party Bars:
(bottom cookie layer)
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Butter
2 Eggs yolks
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1/2 Tsp. Salt
(middle chocolate layer)
1 Cup chocolate chips (you can use semi sweet or milk chocolate chips – whatever you prefer)
(top meringue layer)
2/3 cup sugar
2 Egg whites
Cream the butter and sugar together, mixing well. Blend in 2 unbeaten egg yolks, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Add the flour, blending thoroughly. Press into the bottom of a 9×13 (or I used a square 8×8). Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden brown.
Take out of the oven and sprinkle immediately with chocolate chips. Gently cover the glass baking dish with a clean hand towel and let stand 5 minutes. The Cchocolate chips will melt and you can now easily spread them over the bottom layer.
Beat the 2 egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add 2/3 C. sugar, beating well after each addition.
Spread the meringue over the chocolate layer.
Bake again at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes until the meringue is lightly browned.
Allow to cool and cut into squares.
That’s it! I hope you try it! Don’t forget to serve it with a big glass of cold milk, it’s a must!
*original publish date: 4/10/13 – sharing again for new readers…and I made these again today! Yum!