Mud Hen Bars

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Recipe by South Your Mouth

Mud Hen Bars

Bottom layer:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 whole egg

2 egg yolks (reserve whites for top layer)

1 teaspoon vanilla

Middle layer:

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup mini-marshmallows

1 cup chopped nuts

Top layer:

2 egg whites

1 cup brown sugar

Make the bottom layer:

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and stir or sift to combine. Set aside.

With an electric mixer set at medium speed, beat butter and sugar until creamy (about 2 minutes). Add whole egg, egg yolks and vanilla and continue mixing until smooth (about 1 minute). Slowly add flour mixture and mix until all ingredients are just combined.

Spray a 13x9 baking pan with cooking spray (or grease with butter or shortening). Add dough to pan and spread evenly until bottom of pan is covered. I covered mine with wax paper and then used my hands to shmoosh and spread the batter – I’ve found that this is the easiest, cleanest way to handle dough like this on layered desserts and bars.

Assemble the middle layer:

Top bottom layer evenly with chocolate chips, marshmallows and nuts.

Make the top layer:

In a cold, clean mixing bowl beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold in brown sugar and stir until smooth and there are no lumps.

Spread egg white mixture evenly over second layer.

Cook and serve:

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until top layer is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for twenty minutes before serving. Store in an airtight container.