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How to Make Mud Hens (Bar Cookies Dessert Recipe)
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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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.
Image Courtesy of Two Peas
- Prep time: 20 min
- Cook time: 25 min
- Ready in: 45 min
- Yields: About 12
- FOR THE BATTER
- 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
- FOR THE 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
- ***Before You Start***
- -Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- -Grease very well a 13 x 9 inch pan.
- -Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl and either stir or sift together well.
- ***Batter Directions***
- -Cream together butter and sugar.
- -Add the 3 yolks and 1 egg white and mix well.
- -Add dry ingredient mixture to the mixture, a little at a time.
- -Mix until all blended.
- -Pour into your prepared pan and gently pat the mixture out evenly.
- ***Topping Directions***
- -Beat egg whites until still peaks have formed.
- -Add brown sugar a little at a time to the egg mixture, mixing well.
- -Fold in pecans or other chopped nuts.
- -Spread topping mixture on top of uncooked dough in baking pan covering evenly.
- -Bake for 25 minutes.
- - Once out of the oven, place on cooling rack and allow to cool.
- - Cut into bar shapes.
Another Mud Hen Cookie Bars Recipe - 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!
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