Thursday, April 03, 2014

Walnut Meringue Bars

There are certain food items where "falling apart" is a good thing.  Think about pulled pork, or a nice short rib.  But usually with cookies that's not what you aim for.  And it wasn't what I was aiming for with these walnut meringue bars.  Which literally fell apart when I started cutting them, not to mention trying to pick them up.  I figured they were destined for the trash. 

Except for their redeeming quality - the taste!  These are so good!  Sweet and dense and chewy.  I'm sure it was user error in making them, which resulted in them being slightly undercooked, which caused them to fall apart.  But it's also what them them so delicious.  So that neither Thatboy nor I minded having to eat them with a fork out of the dish.

Walnut Meringue Bars (From the Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
1/4 lb butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, separated
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 300.  Butter an 8x12 inch baking dish.  Cream the butter in an electric mixer.
  2. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the salt, half of the vanilla, and the egg yolks.
  4. Add the flour and baking powder and beat well.  Spread evenly in the pan.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  6. Slowly beat in the brown sugar.
  7. Stir in the walnuts and remaining vanilla.    Spread over the dough.  Bake for 35 minutes.  Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

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