James Carrier
YieldsMakes 24 barsTotal Time1 hr
AuthorPhyllis Ciardo, Albany, California,
Give raspberry bars the royal treatment with merinque topping.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a bowl, mix oats, flour, coconut, 1/4 cup sugar, and the salt. Add melted butter and stir until well blended. Press dough evenly into the bottom of a 9- by 13-inch baking pan.

Step 2
2

Bake in a 325° oven until edges begin to brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool about 5 minutes, then spread jam evenly over warm crust.

Step 3
3

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until thick and foamy. Gradually add remaining 2/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until mixture holds soft, shiny peaks. With a spatula, spread meringue evenly over jam.

Step 4
4

Bake until meringue is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes, then cut into 24 bars. Let cool completely in pan.

Step 5
5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per bar.

Ingredients

 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
 3/4 cup sweetened flaked dried coconut
 1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 3/4 cup (3/8 lb.) butter, melted
 3/4 cup raspberry jam
 3 large egg whites
 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

Step 1
1

In a bowl, mix oats, flour, coconut, 1/4 cup sugar, and the salt. Add melted butter and stir until well blended. Press dough evenly into the bottom of a 9- by 13-inch baking pan.

Step 2
2

Bake in a 325° oven until edges begin to brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool about 5 minutes, then spread jam evenly over warm crust.

Step 3
3

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until thick and foamy. Gradually add remaining 2/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until mixture holds soft, shiny peaks. With a spatula, spread meringue evenly over jam.

Step 4
4

Bake until meringue is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes, then cut into 24 bars. Let cool completely in pan.

Step 5
5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per bar.

Royal Raspberry Bars