Lemon Meringue Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Directions:
    HEAT oven to 350º F.
    COMBINE butter, 1 cup sugar and egg yolks; beat until light and fluffy.
    ADD flour and lemon peel; mix well.
    PRESS dough into ungreased 13x9-inch pan.
    BAKE for 15 minutes or until edges are lightly golden.
    Meanwhile, in medium bowl, BEAT egg whites until soft peaks form.
    Gradually BEAT in remaining 3/4 cup sugar until stiff peaks form and mixture is glossy.
    FOLD in lemon juice, then raisins and walnuts.
    SPREAD over baked crust.
    RETURN to oven; bake an additional 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
    While warm, CUT into bars.

    Makes 24 bars.

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