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How to Make Mud Hens (Bar Cookies Dessert 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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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 timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

25 min

45 min

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!

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.

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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

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

  • Lemon Bars
    I love lemon bar cookies! They remind me of my Mam Maw's Lemon Meringue pies. :)
  • Turtle Bars
    This recipe makes my mouth water just reading it. Calls for toffee-chocolate baking bits, sweetened condensed milk, and more luscious ingredients. Yummy. :)
  • Raspberry Walnut Crumble Bars
    I love raspberries and I love walnuts. Another winning recipe for bar cookies!
  • Oatmeal Scotchies
    I love butterscotch and oatmeal is another favorite ingredient. These sound easy and yummy!
  • Pumpkin Squares
    A great recipe for anytime of the year. One comment suggests frosting with cream cheese icing for extra goodness.
  • Nut Goody Bars
    These are super easy and sound scrumptious! No baking involved either.
  • Cherry Walnut Bars
    I love walnuts and this sounds like another easy bar cookie recipe to give a try.
  • Lime Bars
    If you like lemon bars (I do!), then this recipe is probably one you'll enjoy as well.
  • Mary's Salted Caramel Pecan Bars
    Here is another yummy sounding recipe that would be good to enjoy any time of the year. I love pecans but would probably experiment with walnuts in my batch.
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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Have I Tempted You To Try This Recipe for Mud Hens?

Sp Greaney from Ireland on July 25, 2019:

The name definitely throws you off. But I love recipes like this where you can change it up and add things to suit you taste buds.

Lorelei Cohen on October 09, 2014:

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.

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on January 30, 2014:

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

RuthieDenise on January 29, 2014:

Yes, I want to try it pretty soon.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on December 14, 2013:

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.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 18, 2013:

Chocolate and marshmallows...what a treat!

boutiqueshops on February 22, 2013:

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

chattersharon on February 18, 2013:

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

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on January 17, 2013:

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.

sageinacage lm on November 22, 2012:

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

MintySea on October 19, 2012:

Sounds yummy

Rosaquid on September 12, 2012:

Most definitely!

Mary Crowther from Havre de Grace on September 10, 2012:

All of the recipes sound delicious, yum!

Lynda Makara from California on September 10, 2012:

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

PaulWinter on September 09, 2012:

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

gatornic15 on September 09, 2012:

Looks tasty! Blessed

anonymous on September 09, 2012:

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

Perhaps, I'll wait right here. ;)

Camden1 on August 23, 2012:

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

MaggiePowell on August 21, 2012:

these look yummy

anonymous on August 06, 2012:

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! :)

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 02, 2012:

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

anonymous on July 30, 2012:

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

AngryBaker on July 25, 2012:

love the chocolate marshmallow version... hungry now

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on July 23, 2012:

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

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on July 23, 2012:

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

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