RASPBERRY MERINGUE BARS

Ingredients:

1 cup butter

2 cups All Purpose flour

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 12oz jar raspberry preserves

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 tsp. almond extract

3 egg whites

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Cream butter and brown sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Blend in egg. Add flour; mix well. Spread dough in a buttered 13 x 9" pan. Bake 25 minutes. Meanwhile, combine preserves, raisins and extract. Spread over baked cookie base. Beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually beat in sugar. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in coconut and almonds. Spread over raspberry mixture. Return to oven and bake until meringue is lightly brown, about 20 min. Cool completely, cut into bars.

Makes 4 doz.

BELINDA BROMKA