Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mud Hens

Mud what?! That is what my kids said when I mentioned what I made them for an after school snack. I explained that Mud Hens are a Southern dessert. They still think the name is odd, but they loved the bars! I got the recipe from Christy Jordan and her new book Southern Plate (there is a link to her blog in my favorite blog's list). These bars remind me of smore bars a bit with the chocolate, marshmallows and nuts. Yum! Very good, chewy and a bit crunchy. This recipe makes about 16 to 20 bars.

Mud Hens

1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 whole egg
2 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup nuts, chopped
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup light brown sugar, packed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream shortening, butter, and sugar together. Beat in whole egg and two egg yolks.

In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt together. combine flour mixture with creamed mixture, blending thoroughly. Spread batter in buttered 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan. Sprinkle nuts, chocolate chips and marshmallows over batter.

Beat the two egg whites stiff and fold in brown sugar. Spread over the top of the batter. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Cool then cut into bars.

True Southerners know instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. (If the trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin'.) - from Georgia Girl


Anonymous said...

I have heard of these but have never made them. I am going to have to make them, too. I have cooked all day today. Made Ky. Butter Cake, chicken salad, dressed eggs,egg salad and some other stuff for the weekend. Look for new recipes! lol. Have a good weekend.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Oh my gosh, I'll be right over. That all sounds divine, especially the butter cake. I can't wait for the recipe! Can I move in next door to you?

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

Love the quote. It's so true. My neighbor and I are always bringing each other food. One time I got banana pudding.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Yum! I've been craving banana pudding. I bought the nilla wafers last week. Can't wait to make it.

It would be great to have neighbors like yours!

Beth said...

Wow, a southern recipe that I haven't had before! I've never heard of Mud Hens, but they really do sound wonderful.

I'd like to have you, Judy (southernlady64), and Debi as my neighbors. That would be heaven. Of course, I would probably gain 100 pounds from all the food we'd be bringing each other. :-)

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Beth, Lol! I've thought the same thing! Wouldn't that be great? (well, maybe not the extra 100 pounds, but wouldn't we be happy getting there?!)

Barrel Racer Kelly said...

I'd bring you guys all my old Oprah magazines too.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Kelly- does she have any recipes in them? He,he!

CountryDew said...

They look scrumptious.

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

That was me, not Kelly. I don't know why her blog account came up and I didn't notice I was posting on that and not mine.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Thanks, Anita!

Debi- that happens a lot with me and my husband. There is no way to tell sometimes who's account you are on.