Happy, Happy Birthday Steph!

Today is Steph’s birthday! In honor of her birthday, I made her Mud Hen Bars and sent them her way with a card and small present! So, for you wonderful readers, I will share this amazing recipe from twopeasandtheirpod.com with you.

Happy birthday, bestie!

Mud hen bars. I found them at twopeasandtheirpod.com! And, I have no idea why they’re called that (aka, Maria over at twopeasandtheirpod.com didn’t know)! What I do know is they’re quite tasty! They have a wonderful cookie crust, filled with gooey marshmallows and chocolate chips in the middle and topped with a sugar meringue topping that gives these bars a little bit of a crumble-y, flaky kind of crunch. Loved, loved, LOVED the topping! MMM. It just melts in your mouth. I won’t lie, it’s a sugary treat; but, it’s a bit of heaven in every single bite.

Maria said the original called for nuts. She didn’t use them and neither did I. I personally don’t like a whole lot of nuts in my desserts. But, feel free to add them if you want!

YUM

Double YUM.

What you need:
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, divided (1 egg, 2 yolks, and 2 egg whites)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup chopped nuts (I left these out)
1 cup light brown sugar

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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, chocolate chips, and nuts-if using.

    So…I might have added more marshmallows and a little more chocolate chips than the recipe said to..

  4. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the brown sugar. Spread mixture evenly over marshmallows and chocolate chips. Bake for about 30 minutes or until bars are a deep golden brown. Let bars cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.

    Mmm…meringue topping!

    OMG! At this point I was anxiously waiting for it to cool just so I could try it.

     

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