I have a little confession to make. One that I’m not super proud of. While I was pregnant I only blogged at a certain time since that is when my creative juices flowed. I wish I could say it was always in the afternoon while sipping tea and eating scones. Sadly, it was not like that at all. My creative juices flowed at an odd time…..around 2 am. I’m not kidding. I always went to bed super early (like I do now) and it was around the third trimester that I always woke up at the exact same time, around 2 am, and CRAVED a huge glass of milk and something sweet. While eating I would jump on my computer and blog (How did I only gain 35 lbs while pregnant??). I wish I was joking but that was the only time when I had the energy and creativeness to blog. Now I have neither of them but I try my best to blog. Anyway, I do have a point to this – I wish I had this recipe back then. I know my pregnant self would have absolutely loved these bars at 2 am. However, I’m very glad I didn’t have this recipe because I would have a lot more weight to lose right now.
This recipe was passed on to me by my mother-in-law, who received it from her mother. I love making recipes passed on by family since you know that they’ll always turn out delicious. I was a little hesitant on making this recipe since it contains shortening (ewe!) but I got over my fear and used it. I’m sure it would be just as good with butter but it was darn good with shortening. This recipe is very simple – you just mix the first list of ingredients together and press it into a 9 x 13 pan for the crust. Then you top it with beaten egg whites, brown sugar, and chocolate chips. Yup, it does taste as good as it sounds!
Chocolate Chip Bars
For the cookie base:
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 egg yolks (save the egg whites)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon water
For the topping:
3 egg whites
1 cup brown sugar
6 oz. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
For the cookie base – Mix ingredients in order given until well-combined. Evenly press the mixture into the 9×13 pan.
For the topping – Beat the egg whites together until peaks form. Gradually mix in the brown sugar and chocolate chips to the egg whites. Spread over the cookie base and sprinkle with chopped nuts, if desired.
Bake at 350°F for 25 – 30 minutes.
Source: Grandma Jane