Thursday, June 10

Halfway Brownies

My original intentions was to post this recipe on Wednesday. But, boy has work made me tired. Hopefully this is only a "starting a new job" tiredness because I'm not sure I can handle it! I hate not being able to come home and have somewhat of a life apart from work on the week days! Time to cook, blog, or whatever! Although this post is a day late, it's still somewhat "half-way" through the week and I have a recipe for Halfway Brownies!
Something about a mixture of textures in one dish or dessert intrigues me. This recipe combines a cookie like texture on the bottom with chocolate gooeyness in the middle topped with crispy meringue! They turned out great, P really enjoyed them and I even tried a nibble of one just to see how the meringue turned out. The only thing I would suggest is to make them in a smaller (than 9x13) pan so they turn out thicker.

Halfway Brownies
recipe from Apartment Therapy- The Kitchen

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup brown sugar, separated
2 eggs, separated
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks

9x13 baking dish
aluminum foil
parchment or wax paper

1. Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Pan: Preheat the oven to 350°. Cut two pieces of aluminum foil and fold them to match the width of the pan. Press one piece into the pan lengthwise and the other into the pan crosswise with the ends hanging over the sides of the pan, like this. This makes it easy to lift the bars out of the pan once they're cooled. Spray the foil with nonstick coating.
2. Make the Cookie Dough: Whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside. Using a standing mixer, a hand mixer, or by hand, cream together the butter, the granulated sugar and just 1/2 cup of the brown sugar until this looks like smooth frosting.
3. Separate the eggs, reserving the whites. Mix the yolks into the butter-sugar mixture one at a time until they are completely absorbed, then mix in the water and vanilla. With the mixer at a low speed, add the flour mixture and beat gently until all the flour has been absorbed and the dough looks crumbly.
4. Add the Cookie Layer: Press the cookie dough gently into the pan with your hands, making sure the surface is even.
5. Add the Chocolate Layer: Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the cookie dough and use your palms to press them slightly into the dough. This will help keep them from moving when you add the meringue.
6. Make the Meringue: Using a stand or hand mixer with a clean bowl and a clean whisk attachment, start whisking the egg whites. Gradually increase your speed to medium-high. When the egg whites are very frothy and look like loose foam, start adding the remaining cup of brown sugar a little at a time. Continue increasing your speed to the highest setting. When all the sugar has been added, continue whipping the meringue until it holds a soft peak. It should look like glossy, soft-serve ice cream.
7. Spread the Meringue on Top: Scoop the meringue down the middle of the pan. It will be very sticky! Use a spatula to gently spread the meringue from the middle to the edges. We found it helpful to skim meringue from the top and gradually push it outward.
8. Bake the Bars: Lightly press a piece of parchment or wax paper on the top of the meringue (this makes an even layer and protects the meringue from scorching). Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the parchment. Continue baking for an additional 5-10 minutes, until the edges look toasted and are pulling away from the sides of the pan.
9. Allow to Cool: Wait until the pan is completely cook before lifting out the bars and cutting them into pieces.

Kaepo must be feeling his "momma's" tiredness as well...for some reason he likes to be curled up in small places. I tell you the dog is a wierdo!!


  1. Wow! I love how these look ooey gooey in the middle but crisp on top!

  2. Mysti, these look SO good! I just love bars and these are something I know I would love with the cookie base, chocolate chips and meringue. I plan on making these this weekend and will link to you when I post them. Thanks for posting this yummy recipe.


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