Mother’s Day and Meringue Bars

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day! I know I did. I know Mother’s Day has come and gone, but, I made the conscious decision to post this after Mother’s Day for a very good reason.

Mother’s Day is a hard day for me. I feel the absence of my mother the most at this time of year. I knew that I needed to just relax and take time away from the internet to enjoy the day. My family spoiled me, and I mean SPOILED me. My husband took me shopping for all my favorite things; books, planner supplies and flowers for the yard. When I thought the day couldn’t get better my husband surprised me with the video game I have been dying to play. (Don’t judge, once a geek always a geek) My family did a good job giving me a good day.

I couldn’t just ignore my mother though. I knew I wanted to do a post in honor of her and to mark the day. So, I thought long and hard about what recipe my mother would enjoy the most. I flipped through the old recipe tin and found the holy grail of my mother’s recipes.

Meringue Bars.

I remember very clearly how much she loved this dessert. These were VERY popular at family functions and my mother would make them often at home for a treat. The taste is similar to blondies. They have a chewy texture and a sweet meringue topping that melts in your mouth. They are DIVINE.

They were an instant hit with my family. Even my pickiest eater, Ben, has stated that they are his “most favorite thing ever.” Probably the greatest review I’ll ever get.

It’s an extremely easy recipe and doesn’t take long to prepare. The original recipe called for oats in the batter but, my husband and kids HATE oats so I left them out. I might revisit the recipe later and add them in but, they came out great without them.

First, Preheat your oven to 325F and generously butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish.

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Next, I took a wire mesh strainer and sifted together 1 1/4 cups flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

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Take 3/4 cup softened butter (margarine is also acceptable)

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And toss it in a mixing bowl with a 1/2 cup each of brown sugar and white sugar.

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Using a hand mixer, because I’m lazy, I beat the ingredients until they were well combined.

I then added a teaspoon of vanilla

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I then added the eggs, one at a time beating well between each addition. (I didn’t get a photo because it’s difficult to photograph with one hand)

Now we can add in the dry ingredients a little at a time, mixing well. I did this step by hand and forgot to snap a pic. I never said I was a professional, HA!

Once everything is combined pour the batter into your greased baking dish and smooth it out so it’s nice and even.

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Now that our batter is ready we can start on the topping! Separate 2 egg whites into the bowl of a stand mixer.

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Using the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites at medium to high speed until frothy.

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Next, with the mixer still going, add in a cup of  brown sugar a tablespoon at a time and beat on high speed until glossy and the whites form stiff peaks. This takes about 2- 2 1/2 minutes.

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Isn’t it beautiful?

Now, GENTLY, spread the meringue over the batter in your baking dish. Take your time and get it nice and even.

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Bake in a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Allow the baking dish to cool before cutting, If you can manage to cut the bars without crumbling the meringue please, let me know. I made a few batches to try and get a nice cut with out crushing the topping. I failed.

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Let it be known I am not a professional! Presentation is NOT my forte. That being said these came out tasting great and I know my mother would have LOVED them.

See below for the whole recipe!

Meringue Bars

Bars

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup softened butter or margarine

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 325F

Butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish generously. In a mixing bowl sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

In a separate bowl beat together butter, sugar and brown sugar until well combined, add vanilla and beat well. Add eggs one at a time beating well between each addition.

Add dry ingredients a little at a time, mixing well. Spread batter evenly in baking dish.

Meringue Topping

2 egg whites

1 cup brown sugar

Directions:

Place egg whites in a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment beat on medium to high speed until frothy. Add brown sugar a tablespoon at a time beating on high until the egg whites are glossy and form stiff peaks.

Spread topping over the batter and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Did you try this recipe? Let me know on Instagram! Find me at @lazyhousewife86

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One thought on “Mother’s Day and Meringue Bars

  1. They look great! Not only do they look great, I was lucky enough to taste 1 (or maybe 2) from this batch and they came out awesome! Well worth making💕

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