This week was packed full of delicious food, fun with friends, and good times spent with family. Throughout the hustle and the bustle of the kitchen on Thanksgiving morning, we watched the Macy's Parade (my FAVORITE turkey day tradition), saw the newest Hunger Games in theaters (Intense y'all. INTENSE), did a LOT of Black Friday shopping online (I skipped out on the hustle and bustle in stores this year), and now I'm taking advantage of every relaxing, jammies-wearing moment before the hustle and bustle of classes begin again tomorrow.
Taking advantage of every SWEET moment that is.
You guys...y'all. You guuuuys....
THESE are spectacular.
As the name entails, these chocolatey bars originated in the south. But I added my own salted cookie butter swirl...because when is cookie butter ever a bad idea?
I've Googled and Googled where in the world the "Mud Hen" bar name originated, but all I could find was the phrase "Uglier than a Mud Hen"...these bars ain't pretty when you take 'em out hot and gooey from the pan, but they sure do taste FANTASTIC!
You make a sweet, chewy top meringue layer on top of these bars that is out-of-this-world.
|See that salted cookie butter!? ^^|
Two types of chips: semi-sweet and milk chocolate. You can add some nuts if you'd like, but my roommates are allergic, so we tend to leave those out.
Let me know when you give them a try!!
Salted Cookie Butter MudHen Bars
(Adapted from Cookies and Cups)
1/2 cup of salted butter
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 whole egg + 2 yolks + 2 whites
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup of Cookie Butter (or Speculoos purchased at Trader Joe's!)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup of brown sugar
1. Set out a prepared 9x13 pan and preheat oven to 350.
2. Cream together 1 cup of sugar, butter, vanilla extract in a mixer. Add 1 egg + 2 yolks and mix until smooth.
3. Add in flour, baking powder and salt.
4. Spread in the prepared 9x13 pan.
5. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top
6. Melt cookie butter and add in 1 1/2 tsp. of salt and pour over chocolate chips
7. Beat together the remaining 2 egg whites until stiff peaks. Add in the 1 cup of brown sugar. Layer over the chocolate chips
8. Bake 25 minutes until the top is brown
Enjoy with a cup of coffee for breakfast :)