White Chip Meringue Dessert Bars

White Chip Meringue Dessert Bars

Crust
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

Topping
2 cups (12 ounce package) Nestle Toll House Premier
White Morsels
1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped nuts, divided
3 large egg whites
1 cup packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Crust:

  1. In a medium bowl combine flour, powdered sugar and butter with a pastry blender (or 2 knives) until crumbly.
  2. Press evenly onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until set.

Topping:

  1. Sprinkle white morsels and 1 cup nuts over hot crust.
  2. In a small mixer bowl beat egg whites until frothy. Gradually add brown sugar; beat until stiff peak forms.
  3. Carefully spread meringue over morsels and nuts. Sprinkle with remaining nuts.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Serve warm or cool completely.
    Servings: 24 bars