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Vienna Bars

Vienna Bars are made by topping a rich shortbread crust with raspberry preserver (or pie filling), chocolate chips and meringue.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Vienna Bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Author Anna
Cost 5

Ingredients

Buttery Crust

  • 1 stick salted butter, softened 4 oz salted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract divided use
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour (190 grams)

Filling and Topping

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2/3 cup cold raspberry pie filling or seedless preserves Can use more or less
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels leave out if you want
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts coarsely chopped and toasted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch or 9 inch square metal pan with nonstick foil.
  • With an electric mixer, beat butter, 1/4 cup of the sugar, egg yolk (reserve whites) and 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla and salt. Stir in flour. If necessary, use your hands to mix all ingredients, but do not over beat. Press into bottom of lined pan and bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly brown around edges.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes. Spread cold (this helps keep the chocolate morsels from melting too much) raspberry pie filling or preserves over crust. Sprinkle chocolate morsels over raspberry filling.
  • In a large bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form, then gradually add remaining 1/2 cup sugar, beating until peaks are stiff. Beat in vanilla.
  • Spread the egg white mixture over raspberries and chocolate. Return to oven and bake for about 22-25 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Using parchment as handle, lift from pan. Cut into 12 squares.