These Mud Hen Bars are a Gooey Chocolate Chip Marshmallow bar topped with Brown Sugar Meringue! So good!!
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 🙂
makes 24 bars
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 4 Tbsp butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 whole egg + 2 eggs, separated
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- Preheat 350°
- Spray a 9×13 baking pan lightly with cooking spray
- In a large bowl cream together shortening, butter, granulated sugar, 1 whole egg plus 2 yolks and vanilla until smooth.
- Add in flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined. Spread in prepared pan.
- Top with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.
- In a clean mixing bowl with whisk attachment on your mixer, beat the 2 remaining egg whites until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes on high.
- Fold in 1 light brown sugar and stir until combined and there are no lumps.
- Spread on top of chocolate chips and marshmallows.
- Bake 30-35 minutes until top is golden brown.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares
adapted my Grandma’s recipe and Southern Plate