meringue topped magic cookie bars

★★★★★ 2
By Gail Welch
from Carthage, TX

My son, daughter, and son-in-law loved this meringue topping. They said it melts in your mouth. A long time ago my sister-in-law made these for a birthday celebration for her husband. I found the magic cookie bar recipe on the back of the Eagle Brand Condensed milk can and added the meringue topping. The combination is heavenly.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We loved the addition of brown sugar meringue to this classic recipe. We loved it so much, next time we may add more! The possibilities are endless to the different meringue flavors you can add to this. They're sweet, salty, and delicious.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2
serves 12-24 depends on size cut
prep time 15 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For meringue topped magic cookie bars

  • no-stick cooking spray; foil
  • 1 1/2 c
    graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 c
    butter, melted
  • 1 can
    Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 1 pkg
    semi-sweet chocolate chips (6 oz pkg)
  • 1 1/3 c
    coconut, flaked
  • 1 c
    chopped nuts (pecans)
  • MERINGUE TOPPING
  • 3 lg
    egg whites
  • 1 c
    brown sugar, light

How To Make meringue topped magic cookie bars

  • Baking dish covered in aluminum foil and non-stick spray.
    1
    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 13x9-inch baking pan with no-stick baking spray. Alternate method: Line 13x9-inch pan with greased (sprayed) foil. Make sure foil overhangs the edges of the pan for easy removal.
  • Graham cracker crumbs and butter pressed into the baking dish.
    2
    Combine graham crackers and butter in small bowl. Press into bottom of prepared pan.
  • Condensed milk poured over the graham cracker crust.
    3
    Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture.
  • Topping layers added to the baking dish.
    4
    Layer evenly with with chocolate chips, coconut and chopped nuts. Press down firmly with fork.
  • Cookie bars baking in the oven.
    5
    Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Brown sugar meringue in a bowl.
    6
    While cookie bars are baking, prepare the meringue. Beat 3 egg whites until frothy. Gradually add 1 cup of brown sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form about 7 minutes.
  • Meringue spread over the cookie bars.
    7
    Spread meringue over cookies. Bake at 350 for another 15 minutes.
  • Meringue Topped Magic Cookie Bars removed from the pan.
    8
    Loosen from sides of the pan while still warm. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars.
  • Two Meringue Topped Magic Cookie Bars.
    9
    VARIATIONS: SUBSTITUTE chocolate chips or nuts with candy-coated pieces, dried cranberries, raisins, mini-marshmallows or butterscotch pieces.
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