Delta Bars

by Heather on June 6, 2011

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is something remarkably cool about beating egg whites.

It’s just so rewarding to go from that icky off-clear color to perfectly whipped foamy peaks in a matter of minutes.  Granted most of the time I do it with my mixer, but there have been a few times that I did it with a whisk by hand.

 

My arm was sore.  I don’t really do that anymore.  Except when I didn’t have time to workout.

Has anyone ever heard of Delta Bars before?  I was looking through some of the recipes I got from my mom at Christmas that belonged to my Mimi, my Grandma, and my Great-Aunt Clara.  Talk about a killer find too, these bars are so rich but since the top is made of only egg whites, a little sugar, and some pecans I figure it’s health food.

 

You know, because of the protein.

 

Right?

 

Hello?

Anyway, these bars are absolutely decadent with a sweet crunch from the meringue on top.  The bottom is a thin cookie-type crust that mellows out the sweetness of the whole dish. And by mellows out I mean makes it more sweet and delicious and gives the bar even more character than it already has.  All I have to say is don’t think you’re going to be getting a really pretty clean bar out of the deal…after they’ve cooled these guys are not the cleanest cut, but I say that just means you can eat more.

 

To even it out of course.

DELTA BARS

In a bowl combine 1 stick of room temperature butter with 1 cup of sugar.  Add in 2 egg yolks (reserve the whites), 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1 cup flour.  Mix until crumbly.  Press into a 9×13 pan (you might have to flour your fingers since the dough will be sticky.

Beat the 2 egg white until stiff, then slowly add 1 cup of loosely packed brown sugar.  Fold in 1 cup of chopped pecans.  Spread evenly over the crust.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until the top is set and golden brown (my oven is pretty fast so I only baked mine for 20 but the original recipe called for 30 minutes).

I’m said I only have one egg at the moment to make these again.  Good enough of a reason to hit up the store again!

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Emily @ Operation Emily June 6, 2011

These look interesting. My mom used to make a small pecan tart with a cookie-like crust on the bottom and a kinda crispy pecan topping. These remind me of them. Thanks for sharing!

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2 marla June 6, 2011

These bars look awesome with that meringue on top!! LOVE :)

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3 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 6, 2011

Never heard of them but they sure do look good! That protein’s gotta count for something ;)

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4 sara June 6, 2011

Love the idea of meringue on top of cookies…yum!!! Looks really delicious. :)

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5 Jessica @ How Sweet June 6, 2011

Never had these. WANT NOW.

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6 brandi@BranAppetit June 6, 2011

I’ve never seen bars like these, but now I want them :)

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7 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 6, 2011

I’ve never heard of Delta Bars before but they look pretty delicious! Yes, definitely health food.

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8 Katie @ cooklaughmove June 6, 2011

Those sound awesome!

I made your fully-loaded brownies this weekend and yes, the basic brownie portion of the recipe is the best brownie recipe EVER!! LOVE!

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9 Shawn June 6, 2011

I’ve never heard of these but, they’re definitely in my ‘short range’ plan :)

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10 Kate@Diethood June 6, 2011

They sound great!! I love the meringue topping!

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11 Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks June 6, 2011

I would love to try these! Haven’t tried doing meringue in years. The ingredient list sounds simple yet comforting, my favorite!

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12 Maria June 6, 2011

Never heard of these but now I want to try them!

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13 Baking Serendipity June 6, 2011

I’ve never had these/heard of these before, but they look so, so good! And I’m embarrassingly fond of recipes that require egg white whipping. I think it’s cool too :)

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14 Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking June 6, 2011

Heather,
these remind me of something I had when I was little, but I don’t remember what it was called. Maybe it was a Delta Bar.
I guess I’ll just have to make them and find out! Can I borrow it and link it back to you?
Thanks for sharing!

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15 Heather June 7, 2011

of course! i’d love it if you made them :)

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16 Tichina June 7, 2011

Yummy, these look great! Glad to see someone else shares my theory on “the even cut”… I think I would go for the uneven cut on puropse in this case… a girl’s gotta get her protein right?? :)

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17 janetha @ meals & moves June 8, 2011

I have NEVER heard of these.. but I am convinced I need to make them!

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18 Elle June 8, 2011

They look so crisp on the top!

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19 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 8, 2011

NICE!!!

I think I have to make these! asap :)

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20 Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) June 9, 2011

Maybe “delta” because I’ll be as big as the Mississippi delta after I make and consume them? :-)

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21 Rachael August 2, 2011

I made these a few weeks ago, my mom and I loved them. Even my sweet hating man loved them! He also asked me to use the base to make some some cookies. It was the first time I had ever whipped eggs, now I am also in love with it!

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22 MA July 21, 2013

I know I’m really late to the party, but I thought you’d want to know– Delta Bars come from the 1963 Cooky(sic) Book by Betty Crocker (which has the BEST cover ever). They republished it in 2002 & I’ve been making my way through for the past year, trying all the recipes I’d wondered about but never made. Delta Bars were the first of the untried that I really loved & lately it’s been my go to for potlucks–they always go fast!
Anyway, glad to see someone else feeling the DB love!

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23 Heather July 22, 2013

Oh, love the history! Thanks so much for sharing, MA!

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