Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Did a muddy hen walk this way?
Andy and I have decided we are lousy daycare parents. When the letter came home that Bronwyn’s class was celebrating Halloween on a specific day and if you brought treats to bring X number – we looked at each other and said “really?” The day of the party – she came home loaded with treat bags filled with books, Mum Mum cookies, and other baby snacks. She was 4 months old at the time.
For Valentine’s Day – no note when home and it didn’t even dawn on me… but again – her bag came home with cute little valentines, more Mum Mums and even a cute stuffed puppy. So – again we failed. The following Monday was President’s Day…. We figured we’d be funny and bring the afternoon teachers (our favorite) these Mud Hen Bars for President’s Day.
These bars are really quite different – they have a brown sugar meringue on the top – from all reports – the teachers loved the bars and hopefully we helped be a little presidential that day. Note – I’ve already marked Easter on my calendar to remember to do something – see… eventually we’ll get better at this…. Probably when she’s in high school – maybe.
Mud Hen Bars
What you need!
1/4 cup shortening
4 Tbsp butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 whole egg + 2 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 baking pan lightly with cooking spray
In a large bowl cream together shortening, butter, granulated sugar, 1 whole egg plus 2 yolks and vanilla until smooth. Add in flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined. Spread in prepared pan.
Top with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.
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. Fold in 1 light brown sugar and stir until combined and there are no lumps. 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.