The next photo is my new favorite Christmas square. This is so incredibly good, it ties, if not surpasses homemade Nanaimo Bars. For real. The are called Coconut-Chocolate Meringue Bites and they are sent from heaven above.
3/4 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs, seperated
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips (or more to taste)
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
3/4 cup brown sugar or white sugar
Heat oven to 350'F. Grease an oblong pan 13 x 9 inch pan. Mix butter, sugars, egg yolks and vanilla. Beat two minutes with a hand mixer or 300 vigorous strokes by hand, scraping bowl constantly. Blend flour, baking powder, soda and salt together; mix thoroughly with creamed mixture. Spread or pat into greased pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. Beat egg whites until frothy; add sugar gradually. Brown sugar makes a more caramel colored meringue, white sugar produces a white meringue. Beat until stiff. Spread over nuts. Bake 35 to 40 min. Cool; cut in bars. Makes 40ish bars.
Recipe from the very old and dear to my heart Betty Crocker Cooky Book, which is the best cookie book known to mankind. Originally published in 1963 but republished in exactly the same style back in 2002. Well loved by my Mommy, so it's sentimental to me.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is playing in the background as I type this. A family tradition: feeling sorry for Max every year. Poor dog.