butterscotch meringue bars

by jenna on July 21, 2011

Holy moly! These are delicious.

So delicious that last night when a few girlfriends over for dinner we drank Prosecco out of water glasses and gnawed on them frozen straight out of the freezer. Is that classy or what?!

Basically, they are a glorified bar cookie with a shortbread-style crust, a thick layer of gooey chocolate chips and a crunchy brown sugar meringue topping. I actually made them a few weeks ago to take on our 4th of July road-trip to Tahoe.

Adam said they were the best thing I’ve ever made!

I think I’ll keep him around awhile.

Head over to the Tasty Kitchen Blog for the step-by-step photo recipe!

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Molly @ RDexposed July 21, 2011 at 4:38 am

What excuse can I use to make these???


Ariffa July 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm

‘It’s Thursday’ seems like a good enough reason to make these =D


Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm



Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy July 21, 2011 at 4:42 am

My mouth is water just looking at these! Nothing is better then gooey melty chocolate!


Natasha July 21, 2011 at 4:43 am

I really have to stop reading your posts in the morning – it makes me crave these delicious things for breakfast (not exactly a breakfast of champions). Can’t wait to make this!



Baking N Books July 21, 2011 at 5:25 am

Ditto. But only because I actually DID eat too much of sweets the night before – and need to forget about it!


Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 21, 2011 at 4:43 am

I bet they were a HUGE HIT at the 4th! ….Yah, keep a boy who gives you compliments, they are totally awesome when they do that. πŸ™‚


Holly @ The Runny Egg July 21, 2011 at 4:47 am

They sound delicious! I love cookie bars.


Molly July 21, 2011 at 5:00 am

omg… these look incredible. Like Molly above me (haha, same name!) I’m racking my brain to find excuses to make these puppies…but who needs an excuse?! What better way to celebrate Thursday then to stuff my face with these?!


Heather (Heather's Dish) July 21, 2011 at 5:07 am



amy walters, aDESIGNdock July 21, 2011 at 5:11 am

Aaaah! I love shortbread. This looks like the best recipe ever πŸ˜‰ I must try this…like right now. Wish I had some in MY freezer πŸ˜‰


Brooke @ BittersweetBrooke July 21, 2011 at 5:22 am

I love butterscotch and I love meringues, put them together and it sounds magical. Butterscotch is one of those old time favorite sweets, my dads favorite and it always makes me feel like I’m back in the 50’s with my heels and apron on making butterscotch blondies for Leave it to Beaver and Wally haha.


rachel @ the faded apron shared table July 21, 2011 at 5:23 am

that looks amazing!!!!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 21, 2011 at 5:23 am

Ooooh my goodness. The title and the first photo of this post got me VERY exited, like a kid walking into a candy store (or me, walking into Lululemon or Whole Foods). Heading over to the recipe now! πŸ™‚


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 21, 2011 at 5:31 am

wow. every morning i read these posts and want them at 8AM!! …great photos, they look so tasty πŸ™‚


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 21, 2011 at 5:33 am

heh don’t you love when the guy says they are the best things you’ve made? I think Eric says that about every second thing he tries. They know how to make a girl happy!


Erika @ The Teenage Taste July 21, 2011 at 5:54 am

Decadent…delicious…butterscotch! Yummy! πŸ™‚


Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 21, 2011 at 5:59 am

Oh my those look outrageous!


Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 21, 2011 at 6:04 am

Oo this is so original–love it!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 21, 2011 at 6:12 am

Oh Jenna, these look amazing!!

I LOVE butterscotch!!! I am on my way to T.K. now….


Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 21, 2011 at 6:16 am

Wow, gorgeous pictures!!


Sarah@The Flying ONION July 21, 2011 at 6:25 am

Oh gosh.

I am drooling.


Corey @ Learning Patience July 21, 2011 at 6:25 am

amazing – i heart Prosecco πŸ™‚


laura July 21, 2011 at 6:26 am

what a brilliant idea.. so creative & mouthwatering. Jenna, omg, this looks like it is INCREDIBLE!


Cait's Plate July 21, 2011 at 6:40 am

Haha wow – the best thing you ever made?? That is a high mark of approval! I agree though – he’s a keeper πŸ˜‰

These look phenomenal as always!


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove July 21, 2011 at 6:44 am

These look amazing. I think they would be a big hit anywhere!


Jen July 21, 2011 at 7:06 am

I actually like to eat desserts like this frozen more than I do hot. Unless eating them hot means there will be a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Then I choose hot. But frozen cookies/brownies/bars are so chewy! These look decadent and delicious.


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 21, 2011 at 7:23 am

desserts straight out of the freezer are the best. I’m usually not a huge meringue fan, but these look delicious!


kaila @ healthyhelper July 21, 2011 at 7:41 am

These look so delicious and unigue….love it girl!


Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) July 21, 2011 at 7:47 am

These looks absolutely amazing! I bet they’d taste fab cold, too!


Alejandra @ Mouthfuls and Morsels July 21, 2011 at 8:07 am

A meringue topping?? Very creative!


Girl in the pink July 21, 2011 at 8:32 am

Sounds like a great night!


Katrina July 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

These look deadly. Love this!


Cat @Breakfast to Bed July 21, 2011 at 8:44 am

you want me to be fat again, don’t you?


Alexa @ Simple Eats July 21, 2011 at 8:57 am

Good Lord. Save me.
I love butterscotch…and now I love these.


Susan July 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

can you make these a day in advance? would you cool it then store it in the fridge?


Maria July 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

Going on my must make list!


Abby July 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

These look delicious! Thank goodness it’s marathon training season and I can indulge every now and again. Mmmmmmm!


jenna k July 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm

wow, these look amazing! i need to stop making so many desserts, but this is going on the list. πŸ™‚


jenna k July 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

nevermind- i’m making it tonight, haha!


Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness July 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Oh my goodness. Actually drooling over here.


Savannah July 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

These look Amazingggg


Samantha July 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Totally understand staying in the PJ’s until noon. I even rationalize walking my dog in my nightgown. It kinda looks like a dress, right? Right? Anyway, just want to say that I’ve been lurking on your blog since I read about it in “Health” magazine. I love what you’re doing, and I’m completely on board with you adding more fashion posts. I’ve been stalking “J’s Everyday Fashion” for outfit ideas, so I’m looking for all the help I can get. Gotta find a way to punch up my nightgown.

Keep up the great work!


Happy When Not Hungry July 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm

These look amazing! What a great recipe!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 22, 2011 at 1:34 am

Oh my, that brown sugar meringue topping is too tempting!


Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I need to make these now!


Kim July 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I totally want to come to one of your ladies nights πŸ˜‰


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