Mom says these cookies are called “Halfway Cookies” because they are halfway between a cake and a cookie.
Cream margarine, 1/2 cup of the brown sugar, vanilla, egg yolks, and water. Next, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, and add to creamed mixture. Spread in greased 9 x 13” pan. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and chocolate chips. Make a meringue topping with the remaining brown sugar (1 cup) and egg whites, whipped together at high speed until it turns an off white color - abt 2 min. Very carefully spread the meringue on top of the chocolate chips. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes until meringue is light golden.
Makes 36 bars