My Favorite Christmas Cookie

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

In 1973, an older woman from our church gave me a Good Housekeeping Cookbook as a shower gift.  I have used that cookbook for nearly 40 years.

Our first Christmas, I made Chocolate Chip Halfway Bars from their cookie section.  This recipe  has become one of my favorite Christmas treats. A rich cookie base is covered with melted chocolate chips and topped off with a brown sugar meringue.

I hadn’t made them in years, then Sunday was surprised to see them featured in the Parade magazine. Their version is somewhat different from the original. You can find their version at  I . I  whipped them up this afternoon and they are simply as wonderful as I remembered.  The recipe I am using here is the Good Housekeeping version, 1963, pg. 663.

Chocolate Halfway Bars


1 cup sifted flour

1/8 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup soft shortening or butter

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugara

1 egg separated

1 1/2 tsp. water

 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c semisweet chocolate

Heat oven to 375.  Grease a 12 X 8 X 2 pan.  

Sift dry ingredients together.

In mixer, on high speed, beat butter till fluffy.  Add sugar and add 1/4 c. brown sugar until very fluffy.  Add the slightly beaten egg yook, water and vanilla.  Mix well then stir in flour mixture.

Press the cookie layer into your greased pan and top with chocolate chips.

Next beat the egg whtie until stiff and gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar.  Spread over chocolate.

Bake 25 minutes, or until the meringue is a warm brown.  Cut the bars while slightly warm but allow them to remain in the dish until totally cool.

Makes 32 bars.

Looking for something with chocolate and mint?  Here is another great and very easy recipe.  It is another family favorite.

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