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Mud Hens Recipe (cookie bar)

Mud Hens

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!

Desserts: Cookies
Mud Hens

Mud Hens

Step 1

Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Set aside.

Step 2

In mixer, cream butter and granulated sugar. Mix in the full egg, egg yolk from separated egg, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture.

Step 3

Spread batter into a 9x13 inch pan. I prefer to spray it with pam to make it easier to release. Sprinkle with chopped nuts.

Step 4

In a small bowl, combine the reserved egg white and the brown sugar. Spread on top of the chopped nuts.

Step 5

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the batter is cooked.

Step 6

Cool and cut into squares.

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!


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