5 from 3 votes

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.

A pan of 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.

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Ingredients

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    • Shortening
    • Sugar
    • Egg
    • Egg yolks
    • All-purpose flour
    • Baking powder
    • Salt
    • Walnuts
    • Semisweet chocolate chips
    • Mini marshmallows
    • Brown sugar
    • Egg whites
    Mud hen bars ingredients.

    How to Make Mud Hen Bars

    • Step One: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and set aside.
    • Step Two: Add shortening and sugar to a bowl and cream together with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and egg yolks.
    Steps to make Mud Hen Bars.
    • Step Three: In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to sugar mixture and stir together until combined.
    • Step Four: Spread mixture on the bottom of the baking pan. Sprinkle walnuts, semisweet chocolate chips and marshmallows on top.
    Steps to make Mud Hen Bars.
    • Step Five: In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold in brown sugar. Spread in the baking pan.
    • Step Six: Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool and then cut into bars.
    Steps to make Mud Hen Bars.

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    A hand breaking a mud hen bar in half.

    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 on a white surface.

    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.
    A stack of mud hen bars.

    You’ll also like Peanut Butter Bars, Chocolate Surprise Bars, Double Chocolate Meringue Cookies and Sugar Pie.

    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?

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    5 from 3 votes

    Mud Hen Bars

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 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
     
     

    • ½ cup shortening
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • 1 cup walnuts chopped
    • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup mini marshmallows
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 2 egg whites

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and set aside.
    • Add shortening and sugar to a bowl and cream together with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and egg yolks.
    • In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to sugar mixture and stir together until combined.
    • Spread 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. Let cool and then cut into bars.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1bar | Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 74.3g | Protein: 9.1g | Fat: 30.4g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 21.9g | Trans Fat: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 77.2mg | Sodium: 284mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 48.1g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword mud hen bars, vintage desserts

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    4 Comments

    1. Mother of 3 says:

      I have never ever heard of mud hen bars. I always love a good dessert with a fun name! Pinned.

    2. Very cute name, and they look delicious! They would make a fun and tasty addition to my “treat tins” that I like to give to friends at christmas time! Thank you for sharing at Celebrate it!

    3. Your Mud Hen Bars will be a very special treat! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
      Miz Helen

    4. 5 stars
      This was my first time ever trying this vintage dessert, and it turned out super yummy! So glad I tried it!

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