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.
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 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. 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.
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.