Desserts

Mud Hen Bars

Mud Hen Bars are a vintage dessert from Grandma’s cookbook. It has a cookie bar base, topped with a rich layer of walnuts, chocolate and melted marshmallows followed by a sweet brown sugar meringue topping.

Mud Hen Bars - A vintage dessert from Grandma's cookbook. It has a cookie bar base, topped with a rich layer of walnuts, chocolate and melted marshmallows followed by a sweet brown sugar meringue topping.

Mud Hen Bars

They may not be the prettiest dessert, but they sure are tasty. One bar is usually never enough. I get the cravings for Mud Hen Bars and I end up eating two or three. Eek!

They are sweet, chewy, gooey and oh so yummy. Grandma’s have the best recipes, don’t you think?

The name is kinda weird, but don’t judge these decadent bars until you try them at least once. They were gobbled up quickly at my home.

Mud Hen Bars - A vintage dessert from Grandma's cookbook. It has a cookie bar base, topped with a rich layer of walnuts, chocolate and melted marshmallows followed by a sweet brown sugar meringue topping.

How to Make Mud Hen Bars

Read on for the steps to make Mud Hen Bars!

Grease a 9×13 baking pan and set aside.

Grab a large bowl and cream together shortening and sugar with an electric mixer. Add in egg and egg yolks, continuing to beat.

Mud Hen Bars - A vintage dessert from Grandma's cookbook. It has a cookie bar base, topped with a rich layer of walnuts, chocolate and melted marshmallows followed by a sweet brown sugar meringue topping.

In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry mixture to sugar mixture and stir together until combined.

Spread the mixture on the bottom of the baking pan. Sprinkle walnuts, semisweet chocolate chips and marshmallows on top.

In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold in brown sugar. Spread in the baking pan.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350F. Let the bars cool before you cut them.

Mud Hen Bars - A vintage dessert from Grandma's cookbook. It has a cookie bar base, topped with a rich layer of walnuts, chocolate and melted marshmallows followed by a sweet brown sugar meringue topping.

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Mud Hen Bars - A vintage dessert from Grandma's cookbook. It has a cookie bar base, topped with a rich layer of walnuts, chocolate and melted marshmallows followed by a sweet brown sugar meringue topping.

Yes, you dirty a lot of bowls to make this recipe, but it’s so worth it.

I think my favourite part of the recipe is the brown sugar meringue topping. It’s pure bliss.

Mud Hen Bars - A vintage dessert from Grandma's cookbook. It has a cookie bar base, topped with a rich layer of walnuts, chocolate and melted marshmallows followed by a sweet brown sugar meringue topping.

I’m not even sure what the origin of Mud Hen Bars are, but I do know that it’s a very old-fashioned recipe. You might even remember your grandmother making them.

Vintage Desserts

Looking for more vintage desserts a.k.a. Grandma’s recipes? I’ve got several for you to try!

  • Half-Hour Pudding: An easy vintage dessert recipe just like Grandma used to make. The sweet bread pudding bakes in a rich caramel sauce for 30 minutes.
  • Cracker Pudding: A vintage Pennsylvania Dutch dessert recipe that is creamy and sweet.
  • Oatmeal Pie: An old fashioned dessert just like Grandma used to make!
  • Wacky Cake: Moist, chocolatey and easy to make! This vintage cake was popular in the Depression era and contains no butter, milk or eggs.
  • Radio Pudding: A simple vintage recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. The cake base bakes right in a luscious butterscotch sauce.

If you make these Mud Hen Bars, I’d love to hear how they turned out for you.

Did your grandma make Mud Hen Bars, too?

Mud Hen Bars - A vintage dessert from Grandma's cookbook. It has a cookie bar base, topped with a rich layer of walnuts, chocolate and melted marshmallows followed by a sweet brown sugar meringue topping.

Mud Hen Bars

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
A vintage dessert from Grandma's cookbook! It has a cookie bar base, topped with a rich layer of walnuts, chocolate and melted marshmallows followed by a sweet brown sugar meringue topping.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x13 baking pan and set aside.
  2. Add shortening and sugar to a bowl and cream together with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and egg yolks.
  3. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to sugar mixture and stir together until combined.
  4. Spread mixture on the bottom of the baking pan. Sprinkle walnuts, semisweet chocolate chips and marshmallows on top.
  5. In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold in brown sugar. Spread in the baking pan.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool and then cut into bars.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 591 Total Fat: 30.4g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1.1g Unsaturated Fat: 21.9g Cholesterol: 77.2mg Sodium: 284mg Carbohydrates: 74.3g Fiber: 3.1g Sugar: 48.1g Protein: 9.1g

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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