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Three Layer Party Bars

Three delicious layers come together to make our favorite Three Layer Party Bars! A short bread cookie layer on the bottom, a middle chocolate layer and a meringue layer on top.

Cookie Layer - the bottom layer
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Chocolate Layer - the middle layer
  • 1 cup chocolate chips semi sweet or milk chocolate chips (whatever you prefer)
Meringue Layer - the top layer
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg whites
Bottom Layer:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  2. With a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, 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 9x13 (or I used a square 8x8). Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden brown.

Middle Layer:
  1. Take the baking dish out of the oven and sprinkle immediately with chocolate chips. Gently cover the glass baking dish with a clean hand towel over the top and let stand 5 minutes. The chocolate chips will melt from the heat of the bottom layer and you can now easily spread them over the bottom layer.

Top Layer:
  1. Beat the 2 egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add 2/3 C. sugar, beating well after each addition.
  2. Spread the meringue over the melted and cooled chocolate layer.

  3. Bake again at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes until the meringue is lightly browned.
  4. Allow to cool, cut into squares and enjoy!