Sinful Saturdays: Mud Hen Bars

If you’re like me, you may tend to “blow it out” on Saturdays and eat HORRIBLE after a week of eating healthy. I’m not a nutritionist, but I’ve heard you need to have one “cheat” day and satisfy your deep cravings. This tends to be the case with me, and I normally bake up something sweet for my husband and me.
Since it’s Saturday, here’s a sinfully sweet recipe that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth….maybe even a little too much! I made these mud hen bars a while ago, but waited to post them since I nearly made myself sick eating so much! I have never eaten a cookie bar like this one, so I kept cutting myself another piece to make sure I “liked them”.
I want to warn you…. these are very sweet! The brown sugar/egg white topping is surprisingly rich, so a little goes a long way. My husband thought these were “weird”, however my friend made these for a small group get-together at church and everyone loved them!
What do you think? Do you have a love or hate relationship with mud hen bars? I would eat them again, plus they are very pretty.
**By the way, did I mention these are from a Neiman Marcus compiled cookbook? I LOVE Neimans! 🙂

Mud Hen Bars
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, whole
2 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup pecans, chopped (I did about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup light brown sugar

1.  Cream butter and sugar.  Beat in 1 whole egg and 2 egg yolks.  Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.  Mix well.
2.  Spread into 9 x 13-inch pan which has been coated with nonstick cooking spray.  Sprinkle with pecans, chocolate chips and marshmallows.
3.  Beat remaining 2 egg whites until stiff, then fold in brown sugar. Spread on top of cake.
4.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes.  Cut into squares

Yield: 10-12 servings
Pigtails and Froglegs: A Family Cookbook from Neiman Marcus

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