Three layer party bars

Three Layer Party Bars | | three different layers together for one delicious cookie bar.

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.

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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.
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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.

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The middle layer…au chocolat…
three layer party bars - how -to

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.

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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
2 Egg whites


Bottom Layer:
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.
Middle Layer:
Take out of the oven and sprinkle immediately with chocolate chips. Cover with a clean hand towel and let stand 5 minutes. Chocolate chips will melt and you can now easily spread over the bottom layer.
Top 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!

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  1. says

    YUM! Those look so good Kami! And I loved your spring break “staycation” pics! We are doing that right now! FIrst time in many years we haven’t planned a trip and I’m loving it! So nice to just have family time at home. :)

  2. says

    Ok, this looks totally yummy, but since I am so busy (ahem), do you think I could use store-bought cookie dough to save a bit of time? I know it wouldn’t be a tasty but if I try to make it from scratch…I’ll probably never make it.
    I love the idea of chocolate and meringue though. And I’d love to make something else besides the brownies or chocolate chip cookies that I ALWAYS take when we go to friends :)

      • says

        hi Kami
        So I made these saturday and they were a huge success!
        I used store bought sugar cookie dough, just to keep things simple…I had a busy day. I wonder if your bottom layer was a little bit less sweet. Either way, these were yummy. they were so rich and sweet, I think I fell into a diabetic coma. But it was worth it!
        Adding this recipe to my repertoire for sure!
        It was SOOOO easy!

  3. says

    It would be easier if you had a print on your recipe somewhere, I don’t like copying all those colored pics with the recipe. I missed out on the meatloaf recipe because of it, not complaining, but love your site and recipes.

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