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CHOCOLATE CHIP MERINGUE BARS

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3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour

One 12-ounce package chocolate chips
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup brown sugar


Optional: 1 cup blackberry, raspberry, strawberry jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl cream the shortening and sugar. Beat in the salt, egg yolks, and vanilla. Gradually blend in the flour. Spread the mixture evenly in the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Set aside.

In a medium bow, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually beat in the brown sugar.

(Add the jam, now, if you want.) Sprinkle the chips over the crust. Carefully spread the meringue over the chips. Return to oven for 20 minutes, or until meringue is set and golden.

Allow to cool and cut into bars.
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