Coconut Chocolate Meringue Bites

posted by Elle 05-17-102 5:05 AM

Coconut Chocolate Meringue Bites
Credit: Betty Crocker Cookie Book

3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs, separated
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 package (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1 cup flaked or grated coconut
3/4 cup coarsely chopped nuts
1 cup brown sugar (packed)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an oblong pan, 13/9 1/2x2 inches.

Mix butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, egg yolks and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer or 300 vigorous strokes by hand, scraping bowl constantly.

Measure flour by dipping or sifting. Blend flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together, mixing thoroughly.

Spread or pat dough in pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. Beat egg whites until frothy; add 1 cup brown sugar, gradually and beat until stiff. Spread over nuts. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool, then cut into bars. Makes 40-60 bars.

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