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Half Ways

Half Ways

Half Ways

Half Ways
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A layered bar with shortbread base, chocolate center and meringue topping. This is a vintage recipe from my grandmother’s hand-written recipe cards.


  • 3/4 cup solid vegetable shortening

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar, divided

  • 2 large eggs, separated

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix shortening, sugar, 1/2 cup of the brown sugar, egg yolks (save the whites for later), baking soda, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking powder until it forms a stiff dough. Pat into the bottom of a greased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Spread chocolate chips over the dough. Beat the egg whites until stiff, then add 1 cup of brown sugar and beat well. Spread over the chips. Bake 20 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.