Strawberry Meringue Bars

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 3 egg yolks

Topping

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine flour and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium bowl.
  3. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Stir in the egg yolks.
  5. Press onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
  7. Meanwhile, beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a small mixer bowl at high speed until foamy, about 45 to 60 seconds.
  8. Continue beating, gradually adding confectioners' sugar, until glossy and stiff peaks form, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
  9. Spread the preserves over hot, partially baked crust.
  10. Spread egg white mixture over preserves; sprinkle with almonds.
  11. Continue baking for 22 to 27 minutes or until light golden brown.
  12. Cool completely.
  13. Cut into bars with a sharp, wet knife.

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