This is a delicious cookie bar with a brown sugar nut topping. One of my favorites, I make this every Christmas. Dangerous, though, because I don’t want to give them away, I want them all to myself!
I’m not sure of the origin of this recipe, I wish I could ask my mom. My guess is she took a recipe and modified it.
A quick search on the internet provides tons of cookie bar recipes called “Mud Hens”. Most use chocolate and/or marshmallows. There’s a large group of recipes that look just like this one, except for they call for pecans instead of walnuts. A few recipes separate both egg yolks and whites instead of just reserving one white for the topping. I wasn’t able to find this exact recipe.
So, here’s my mom’s mud hens. Try one and you’ll be hooked!