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Mud Hen Bars

Cooking Corner

February 12, 2009
Bernice Volkens

February, like any month of the year, is as cheerful as you make it. This week is the day for hearts and flowers and loving gestures for everyone. No matter how great our love, at times, we all take those we love for granted. One of the nicest ways I know to reaffirm our appreciation of each other is to cook a special meal. I'd rather we'd go out to eat some other night. Also, I love to make heart-shaped cookies for my friends, family and grandchildren. Whether we are celebrating the deep joy of a time-tested marriage or just a get together with friends, something from the "oven" says it best. Of course, the most important ingredient of all comes from the heart.

Anyone who knows me knows that anything chocolate is the perfect Valentine for me. I'm a chocoholic and this is the time of the year when there is plenty around. My passion for chocolate seems to peak on Valentine's Day. On this sentimental day there are all kinds of heartfelt gifts of chocolate. How about those hand-dipped chocolates or luscious chocolate truffles? Cherries are a natural to combine with chocolate for Valentine's Day. It is also a day when you may want your dessert a little more elegant so you can really impress your Valentine.

Not only on Valentine's Day but all year long be sure your heart is alive with understanding, appreciation and love.

Here is a chocolate dessert bar that will make you a real sweetheart.


1/2 cup butter or


1 cup sugar

1 whole egg

2 egg yolks

(save whites)

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking


1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup nuts

1/2 cup miniature


1 cup brown sugar

2 egg whites

1 cup of chocolate chips (save until after bars are baked)

Cream butter and sugar; beat in the whole egg and 2 egg yolks. Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Spread into a 9X13 inch pan.

Sprinkle nuts and marshmallows over the batter. Beat the egg whites until stiff, fold in the brown sugar. Spread over the nuts and marshmallows with much care.

Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes until caramel layer is bubbly. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with 1 cup chocolate chips. Allow the chips to melt slightly for at least 2 minutes, swirl chips as they melt, leaving a marble effect.

"Love is a game two can play and both win"-Eva Garbor



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