Fruit-Filled Pecan Meringue Bars

Fruit-Filled Pecan Meringue Bars

Tags: Bars, Dessert/Sweets, Snack

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Ready Time: 90 min
  • Yield: 32 bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
  • OR 3/4 cup Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Smucker's® Apricot Preserves, or Red Raspberry Preserves

PECAN TOPPING

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts

Preparation Directions

  • HEAT oven to 350ºF.
  • BLEND shortening and extracts in medium bowl. Add sugar gradually while beating. Beat in egg. Blend in flour and salt. Spread dough evenly in an ungreased 11 x 7-inch pan. Bake 20 minutes.
  • REMOVE from oven. Spread preserves over baked layer. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a rack while preparing topping.
  • BEAT egg whites and salt until stiff, not dry, peaks form. Add sugar gradually while beating. Fold in pecans. Spread topping carefully and evenly over preserves.
  • BAKE 15 to 20 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool before cutting into bars or squares.

Nutritional Information Per Serving

Serving Size (1 bar, 1/32 of recipe), Calories 140 (Calories from Fat 60), Total Fat 6g (Saturated Fat 1.5g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 100mg, Total Carbohydrate 19g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 13g), Protein 1g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 2%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.