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How To Make Mud Hens, Bar Cookies Dessert Recipe

Updated on April 12, 2017

A Southern Bar Cookie Treat Recipe

I'm not sure what it is with the word 'mud' being used in so many of my recipes from the southern part of USA. This recipe will show you how to make Mud Hens that are yummy bar cookies, are simple to make and VERY delicious!

Topped with a simple meringue made with brown sugar and egg whites, these delicious bar cookies will amaze you at how something so simple can end up being so addictive.

Further down I'll share a recipe that is very much like the recipe I used way back when as well as some other recipe variations and you can see for yourself just how yummy Mud Hens truly are!

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A Cookie Jar for Your Cookies

You simply must have a special place to display and store your awesome Mud Hen Cookies once you've made them. Consider one of these lovely cookie jars.

Home Basics Cookie Jar with Metal Top
Home Basics Cookie Jar with Metal Top

A retro vintage style glass cookie jar that will let everyone know when you've made a new batch of cookies.

Mud Hens Bar Cookies
Mud Hens Bar Cookies

Growing up in the south, I started cooking for my family of 6 at about the age of 12. I had been experimenting and learning long before then but that's about the time that my Mom turned me loose on the family meals.

One of the favorite things for me to make each week was a dessert recipe. My Dad really loved them all it seemed.

We had a local community cookbook from around our county that was packed with all kinds of yummy recipes and it became my mission to try several of the desserts.

This recipe for Mud Hens was in that little cookbook.

When 'Teacher Appreciation Day' came about, I was assigned a certain teacher that I just knew would have a more refined pallet. So with my sense of humor, I thought I would whip him up a batch of Mud Hens!

I'm happy to say that Mr. Robinson loved his surprise treat of Mud Hens. He seemed to be quite impressed with my baking skills!

My little recipe for these awesome treats has long disappeared but I found this Mud Hens cookie bars recipe that sounds virtually identical to the one I used to use.

You can visit the original recipe for Mud Hens by DaMama.

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  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: About 12


  • 1 stick of Butter - melted
  • 1 cup of White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of Plain Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Eggs - divide 2 and save 2 egg whites for topping
  • 2 Egg Whites - beaten until stiff peaks form
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar - I used Light Brown Sugar and Packed Tightly in measuring cup
  • 1 cup Pecans chopped - Or these would be great using chopped Walnuts


  1. ***Before You Start***
  2. -Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. -Grease very well a 13 x 9 inch pan.
  4. -Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl and either stir or sift together well.
  5. ***Batter Directions***
  6. -Cream together butter and sugar.
  7. -Add the 3 yolks and 1 egg white and mix well.
  8. -Add dry ingredient mixture to the mixture, a little at a time.
  9. -Mix until all blended.
  10. -Pour into your prepared pan and gently pat the mixture out evenly.
  11. ***Topping Directions***
  12. -Beat egg whites until still peaks have formed.
  13. -Add brown sugar a little at a time to the egg mixture, mixing well.
  14. -Fold in pecans or other chopped nuts.
  15. -Spread topping mixture on top of uncooked dough in baking pan covering evenly.
  16. -Bake for 25 minutes.
  17. - Once out of the oven, place on cooling rack and allow to cool.
  18. - Cut into bar shapes.
  19. Enjoy!
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A Good Mixer To Make Your Mud Hens Recipe

A stand mixer can help make baking your Mud Hens recipe a breeze!

KitchenAid Classic K45SSWH 250-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, White
KitchenAid Classic K45SSWH 250-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, White

KitchenAid has been around for several generations and is still a fan favorite.


Another Mud Hen Cookie Bars Recipe - With Chocolate and Marshmallows!

Mud Hen Bars With Chocolate and Marshmallows
Mud Hen Bars With Chocolate and Marshmallows

Apparently the original recipe wasn't quite 'muddy' enough so someone came up with a Chocolate and Marshmallow version!

If you want to go even 'gooier' and 'muddier' with your Mud Hens, check out the Sunday Baker for the recipe and more photos of how she makes them!

What Is A Mud Hen Anyway? - The Real Mud Hens

I had no idea there was such a thing as a real Mud Hen until I found these on YouTube! Check out their feet. Not like a ducks feet at all.

A North American Coot or Mud Hen.

The song of the Mud Hen.

Mud Hen Bar Cookies Recipe - With Chocolate AND Peanut Butter!

Mud Hen Bars with Chocolate and Peanut Butter
Mud Hen Bars with Chocolate and Peanut Butter

I had no idea there were so many different delicious ways to make Mud Hen Bars!

This recipe at Cookie Madness has taken the Mud Hen Recipe just a bit over-the-top by adding Chocolate AND Peanut Butter!

Image Courtesy of Jaclyn

Easy Bar Cookie Recipes - Easy Dessert Recipes

I'll be adding to this list of yummy bar cookie recipes as I come across them so be sure to bookmark and save!

Brownie Mud Hen Cookie Bars Recipe - How To Make Mud Hens

Brownie Mud Hen Bars
Brownie Mud Hen Bars

Apparently some people just need to push the chocolate envelope a bit more than others.

This yummy Mud Hen Bars recipe features even MORE chocolate than the previous recipe!

Visit the Crazy For Crust blog to get this extra yummy and even more chocolaty Brownie Mud Hen Bars Recipe.

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What's Your Opinion?

Do you think that the word 'MUD' should NOT be included in the name of a dessert?

I agree! Something this sweet and yummy should NOT have the name MUD in it at all.

I agree! Something this sweet and yummy should NOT have the name MUD in it at all.

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    • pauly99 lm 4 years ago

      I had never heard of Mud Hens but they sure do look yummy!!!

    • sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      Shameful to call them that! It's only because of the word "hen" that I'll give the recipe a try. (Truth is, I kinda like the name. Somebody's got to balance this duel out, though.)

    Nah, I disagree! Mud, Schmud! As long as it's good, I don't care what they call it!

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      • BigsteveC 4 years ago

        those look so good you could call them dirt bombs - i'll bet they're not fattening either - lol

      • MintySea 4 years ago

        As long as there is no real mud in it.

      • Michelle Hogan 4 years ago

        Another one going into my Favourites, as soon as I can figure out how to do that, lol.

      • Rosaquid 4 years ago

        It hints at a dense, rich desert.

      • Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

        I have always liked "mud" pie I think "mud" conjurs up a good image for food.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Why not?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I used to make mud pies when I was littl, so "mud" in the name of a desert is fine with me.

      • Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

        The "mud" in the name just adds to the fun and makes it unique.

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          Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          The "mud hens" sound delicious - I think I'll try to make these.

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          Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

          @PNWtravels: Oh I hope you do Vicki! Let me know how they turn out ok? :)

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          AngryBaker 4 years ago

          love the chocolate marshmallow version... hungry now

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          You brought back some nice memories. Thank you for sharing. Mud Hens is a perfect name.

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          Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

          Boy, these look really good! The pictures even make my teeth hurt so you know they're sweet and delicious!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Mud Hen looks like a desert that my Mom used to make. By the sound of the recipe it sure seems real close to it. Looks yummy! :)

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          MaggiePowell 4 years ago

          these look yummy

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          Camden1 4 years ago

          Sounds so delicious! Pinned to my recipes board so I can bake them a little later.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I'd like to have a piece of Mud Hen, and a cup of coffee, please.

          Perhaps, I'll wait right here. ;)

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          gatornic15 4 years ago

          Looks tasty! Blessed

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          PaulWinter 4 years ago

          I would love thee, but they would do my waistline no good!

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          Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

          I've never heard of mud hens before but they look good. Angel blessings.

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          Mary Crowther 4 years ago from Havre de Grace

          All of the recipes sound delicious, yum!

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          Rosaquid 4 years ago

          Most definitely!

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          MintySea 4 years ago

          Sounds yummy

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          sageinacage lm 4 years ago

          Absolutely. I had never heard of it before the pictures look so tempting.

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          sheilamarie78 4 years ago

          I think I may have tried these little mud hens before. I love the topping. I just never knew they had such a cute name.

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          chattersharon 4 years ago

          these look yummy! my hips are telling me that I am not allowed to make these though

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          boutiqueshops 4 years ago

          These look absolutely wonderful. You bet I'll have to try the recipe. Yum!

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          Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          Chocolate and marshmallows...what a treat!

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          Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

          Yes and I had never heard the term mud hens attached to a cookie bar before. I had to check out the recipe to see why it had that name. They do look delicious.

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          RuthieDenise 3 years ago

          Yes, I want to try it pretty soon.

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          Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

          @RuthieDenise: I hope you do karendd and when you do I'd love to hear what you think about the recipe! :)

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          Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

          I love these bars but did not realize they were called mud hens. After looking at them in your images I would have to think it is because the top of the bar looks like mud caked and cracked in the hot sun (where the hen comes in I am not too sure lol). Pinning this one so I have it for later use.

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