Chocolate Halfway Bars

Chocolate Halfway Bars - A decadant bar with a  blondie base with chocolate chips and a meringue topping I have a chocolate chip habit. Starting at Noon (never before, I have self-restraint!) I will eat a few semi-sweet chocolate chips here and a few there. Punctuating my day with a few morsels of chocolate bliss! My fiancé thinks that I should just buy a chocolate bar and be done with it, but where is the fun in that? Plus, as a baker, I always need to have chocolate chips on hand so I can whip something up at a moments notice! I shudder to think what would have happened if I had found this recipe for Chocolate Halfway Bars and hadn’t had any chocolate chips on hand!Chocolate Halfway Bars

Several weeks ago I was thumbing through my favorite Good Housekeeping Cookbook 1955 edition for a dessert that I had never seen before, and I happened upon Chocolate Halfway Bars. These strange confections have a blondie-like base with gooey chocolate chips and a meringue cooked to perfection over top. They were so deliciously different it had me wondering, “What is halfway about them? Certainly not taste!”

Chocolate Halfway BarsThere are some drawbacks to this sinfully sweet dessert: they do not travel well and they do not taste as good the next day. They are best when cooled and served the same day they are baked. The meringue is the perfect balance of chewy and crispy and the blondie base is delicious all by itself!
Chocolate Halfway BarsIt’s strange that these Chocolate Halfway Bars are not as widely popular as they were half a century ago. The sweet treat certainly deserves a place at the modern American table!

 Chocolate Halfway Bars

Chocolate Halfway Bars

Good Housekeeping Cookbook, 1955 Edition

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ cup soft shortening

¼ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg, separated

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1 ½ teaspoons water

½ cup semisweet chocolate chips [I used 1 cup because a ½ seemed so scant!]

½ cup brown sugar, packed


Preheat oven to 375° and grease a 12”x8”x2” baking dish. I used an 8” square because I like thicker bars, and I lined my baking dish with parchment because meringue can be a challenge to clean. It’s your call.

Sift flour, salt, soda, and baking powder and set aside.

Mix shortening with sugars until very light and fluffy. Add egg yolk, water, vanilla; mix well. Thoroughly mix in flour mixture.Chocolate Halfway Bars

Pat into baking dish and top with chocolate chips.

Beat egg white until stiff; gradually beat in ½ cup brown sugar. Spread over chocolate. Bake in prepared dish for 25 minutes or until done. The top will be golden. Cut into bars while warm. Cool completely.

Chocolate Halfway Bars

Chocolate Halfway Bars

Chocolate Halfway BarsChocolate Halfway Bars


    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Thanks Phillip! So you will certainly agree that I “had to” double the amount of chocolate in the recipe!

  1. says

    Oooh these look like mud hen bars minus the marshmallows…and with a blondie base instead of sugar cookie.

    Which means these are DEF. better! Although marshmallows couldn’t hurt 😉

    I wish I had enough self control to get by with only a few chocolate chips, ugh I like craaaave mooore chocolate!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      I’ll definitely need to add mud hen bars on the list! What is with these strange names? Who names these bars?

      Some days its more like a handful of chocolate chips (uh or two)! 🙂

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      The omniscient Google has just informed me that my “Halfway Bars” are just a few marshmallows short of “Mud Hen Bars”. Who knew? Other than you of course 😉 I’ll have to try them with some marshmallows – they can only make them better right?

  2. says

    I love how you refer to old cookbooks from the past. It brings us back to cooking during simpler times. These look soooo delish! Yep I agree that marshmallows can only make ’em better. What happened to the nagging wedding fairy you were going to listen to? lol

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      I love using old cookbooks (most of the time)! Sometimes there is reason that no one has made something the past 100 years! Oh I am listening to the pesky Wedding Fairy. These were made several months ago when I still turned a deaf ear to her. Guilt free post today!

  3. says

    I love looking through old cookbooks for forgotten recipes. Looks like these chocolate halfway bars are a real winner!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Yup, I’m that weirdo who breaks out old cookbooks to read on the plane! These bars are a delicious blast from the past!

  4. says

    Oh, I love these!!! A bar cookie that I have not heard of…so haven’t made nor tasted! I will add these to my baking list. They look scrumptious!!!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      They are delightful! I’m excited that I found something that a seasoned baker hasn’t tried! Let me know how you like them.

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