Sometimes names can be deceiving.
Haven’t you ever met a person and been like, yeah..your parents SO should have named you Jan and not Heather? Or Brody and not Chuck?
Same thing happened with these bars.
They’re called Mud Hen bars.
Which is basically the grossest name ever.
Mud is not tasty…
Hens are all pecky and whatnot…
And apparently a “Mud Hen” is a gross marsh bird that lives in swamps and other wetland-type areas.
Well, I am not a bird-fan in general. They scare me. I mean, they can fly. Think about it.
And Mud Hens are not only birds, they live in swamps. Swamp birds. Could there be a worse type?
But defying all laws of logic I made these Mudhen Bars.
I know, I know.
They sound gross.
But they aren’t.
I have seen recipes for these around, but until I came across an old recipe in my Grandma’s Recipe Card Box, I really didn’t give them a whole lot of thought…THEN a few days later I saw another recipe for them in my Southern Plate cookbook (which is great, btw) and I knew I had to give them a go.
So I did.
They’re really easy.
What they are is a kind-of cookie base, topped with chocolate chips and marshmallows with a yummy brown sugar meringue spread all over the top.
Just sprinkle your chips and marshmallows…
Then mix up your meringue, which is just brown sugar and egg whites…
Then spread that all over the top…
What you’ll get is a gooey cookie bar topped with a light, crunchy meringue topping.
They are really like nothing else I’ve ever had…
Such a cool combination of textures. They might not be pretty, but they are tasty.
Just forget that they’re called Mudhens