Mud Hen Bars

Mud Hen Bars... chewy, ooey, gooey bars with a crunchy brown sugar meringue topping!

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? It happens.

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 the google told me 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 Mud Hen Bars. They sound gross. But they aren’t. They’re exactly the opposite.

Mud Hen Bars... chewy, ooey, gooey bars with a crunchy brown sugar meringue topping!

This Mud Hen Bars recipe is really easy.

What is a Mud Hen Bar?

The best way to describe Mud Hen Bars is 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…

Mud Hen Bars

Then mix up your meringue, which is just brown sugar and egg whites…

Mud Hen Bars

Then spread that all over the top…

Mud Hen

What you’ll get is a gooey cookie bar topped with a light, crunchy meringue topping.

Mud Hen Bars.. a Gooey Chocolate Chip Marshmallow bar topped with Brown Sugar Meringue!

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.

Mud Hen Bars... chewy, ooey, gooey bars with a crunchy brown sugar meringue topping!

Just forget that they’re called Mudhens 🙂

Mud Hen Bars... chewy, ooey, gooey bars with a crunchy brown sugar meringue topping!

This Mud Hen Bar recipe was originally published on my site in 2012. I have since updated some of the pictures and slightly tweaked the recipe. Enjoy!

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Mud Hen Bars

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 bars 1x
  • Category: Bar Cookies
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description:

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie bars topped with a crunch brown sugar meringue!


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon 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

Instructions:

  1. Preheat 350°
  2. Spray a 9×13 baking pan lightly with cooking spray
  3. In a large bowl cream together butter, granulated sugar, 1 whole egg plus 2 yolks and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Add in flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined. Spread in prepared pan.
  5. Top with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.
  6. 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.
  7. Fold in light brown sugar and stir until combined and there are no lumps.
  8. Spread on top of chocolate chips and marshmallows.
  9. Bake 30-35 minutes until top is golden brown.
  10. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares

Notes:

store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Keywords:: mudhen, chocolate chip, meringue, brown sugar

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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  1. Mary Jane

    With a name so memorable like that, how could you ever rename it? 🙂 Omgosh, thanks for the tip on the pumpkin cream cheese! Philadelphia cream cheese has milk chocolate and dark chocolate Indulgence brand of soft chocolate cream cheese that is incredible. The dark chocolate is my favorite! They sell it in little gold tubs. I can’t wait to see some recipes with this fabulous, creamy deliciousness!

  2. Shelly—Have you seen the Pumkin Spice cream cheese they have out now? Aldi has it but Philly Brand has it out in the regular grocery stores I see. It taste like pumkin cheesecake straight from the container! I had a hard time not just sitting down with a spoon and polishing it all off!! But I keep thinking it would be great in a fall dessert…but what?? Have you seen it/tried it? Any ideas??

  3. Oh Shelly, those are enough to make me run around the block 20 times, just so my blood sugars don’t get out of control…because if those were anywhere in my vicinity, I would eat one. Diabetes be damned! 🙂

  4. I don’t care what they’re called – they look incredible!

    I’m totally scared of birds too. I had a roommate with a large parrot and basically lived in fear for 1 entire year.

  5. Deborah/tasteandtell made these last year and they made her Best Of list for 2011 (how I remember this, I don’t know – I love desserts…lol) But now that I see you make them, I want to make them even more. They have all the layers and elements that I just love!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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