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Mud Hen Bars


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1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 whole egg

2 eggs, separated

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup mini marshmallows

1 cup brown sugar, packed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and granulated sugar until creamy. Beat in 1 whole egg and 2 egg yolks (put aside the whites for later.) Beat in the vanilla extract.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Blend until just combined. Spread mixture into 9×13″ pan. Sprinkle with marshmallows and chocolate chips.

In a clean mixing bowl with whisk attachment on your mixer, beat the 2 remaining egg whites until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes on high.  (If you do this first, and set it aside in a bowl, you can reuse the same bowl for the cookie base without having to wash it)

Fold in 1 light brown sugar and stir until combined and there are no lumps. (If your brown sugar is a bit clumpy, push it through a flour sifter first to get all the lumps out)

Spread on top of chocolate chips and marshmallows.

Bake 30-35 minutes until top is golden brown.

Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares

Careful research on the internet gave me no reason as to why these delicious bars are named after a swamp bird. Probably the same reason you wonder why someone would name their child a plain-Jane name when they should be called Amelia, or Francesca, or Genevieve or some other beautiful name. All I know is that I stumbled on this apparently time-honored recipe while lost in Pinterest land and I knew it would quickly become a family favorite. Don’t let the uninspiring name fool you, these easy, gooey, and delicious bars with a crunchy meringue topping will vanish before your eyes and they make a great little take-along dessert to a potluck or a friend’s house.

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