Original Mud Hen Bars

Mud Hen Bars are such a unique treat. Cookie dough, topped with marshmallow and chocolate chips and covered in a brown sugar meringue. DELIGHTFUL.

Mud Hen Bars are such a unique treat. Cookie dough, topped with marshmallow and chocolate chips and covered in a brown sugar meringue. DELIGHTFUL.

So something big happened a couple weeks ago and I am just getting around to sharing the news!!!

Shugary Sweets turned EIGHT years old.

Can you believe it? Comment below if you’ve been following along for awhile, or if you’re new around here!

Before I get to today’s recipe, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane….

It all started in 2007 (I know that’s ten years ago…but bear with me)…

My family had moved out of state and in a way to connect with our Chicago family I started a little blog. Back in the day it was called “Shugarman Six.” I told stories about my kids, crazy tales of the dogs, and photos of our family on vacations. Then, I did something crazy. In January of 2011 I shared this recipe for Apple Cinnamon Bread. And if you go look at that recipe, you’ll see a comment from an “Evan Thomas.” I have no idea who he is. You see, it’s him who I should thank (THANK YOU EVAN THOMAS, whoever you are). He freaked me out. Before that comment, I only had family commenting on my blog. Never ever a random dude.

So fast forward a couple days and I shared this recipe for Peanut Blossom Cookies. And you’ll see in the comments that my family became confused by the sudden shift to “food blogging.” For the next 5 months I mixed in recipes with daily rambles. And more and more people began commenting on my food, and I quickly learned “food blogging” is a thing. So, in May of 2011 I officially re-branded my website and became Shugary Sweets.

While I’ve certainly struggled balancing life over the years and learning how to be an entrepreneur and work from home mom, food blogging has come with many exciting opportunities. Not only have I met some of the most incredible people who I now call friends (you all know who you are)….but I have heard from so many of YOU (my readers) who have enjoyed making my recipes! So thank you for circling back and commenting when you make something, or tagging me on social media in your creations. I LOVE IT.

Here at Shugary Sweets, I’ve become well known for my candy recipes…you can find 60 (yes SIXTY) Fudge recipes. If you’re wondering, yes, I have gained the Food Blogger 15 pounds (and then some). But it’s not all fudge that you’ll find here on my website. Some of my most popular recipes are savory dinners. Like this Chicken Tetrazzini and this Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese recipe.

Mud Hen Bars are such a unique treat. Cookie dough, topped with marshmallow and chocolate chips and covered in a brown sugar meringue. DELIGHTFUL.

From the very beginning of food blogging I have kept an idea list. It’s a notebook where I literally jot down ideas. Crossing them off as I attempt and make them, and adding to the list as new recipes come to mind. One recipe that has been on my list from the very beginning is a recipe for Original Mud Hen Bars from Southern Plate. I have tasted them at potlucks and parties, but never attempted to make them myself.

Until now. What better way to celebrate a birthday (or blogiversary) than with Mud Hen Bars!? They are a chewy, gooey treat that has you going back for more! The base of a Mud Hen Bar is cookie dough, and it’s topped with a layer of marshmallow and chocolate chips. Finally, you make a brown sugar meringue to cover the bar and bake. Voila! A chewy treat with a sweet, crunchy top! I don’t know why I waited so long to make them!

So before you head off to print the recipe, I just want to say thank you.


Thank you for being the best readers. Thanks for sharing in all my stories, commenting on the blog, pinning your favorite recipes, following along on Instagram. All of it. Thank you. Here’s to another 6 years!

Mud Hen Bars are such a unique treat. Cookie dough, topped with marshmallow and chocolate chips and covered in a brown sugar meringue. DELIGHTFUL.

Yield: 24 servings

Mud Hen Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Mud Hen Bars are such a unique treat. Cookie dough, topped with marshmallow and chocolate chips and covered in a brown sugar meringue. DELIGHTFUL.


  • 1/4 cup shortening (I used Crisco butter flavored shortening)
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, whole
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the shortening, butter, and sugar until creamy. Beat in the whole egg, and the two egg YOLKS.
  3. Slowly add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Combine until fully blended.
  4. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Top with marshmallows and chocolate chips.
  5. In a separate clean and dry mixing bowl, beat the two egg whites until stiff. Fold in the brown sugar and pour over the stop of the bars. Spread gently, making sure it touches the sides of the pan (this will help it rise during baking, and not shrink).
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the meringue on top is lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  7. Cut into bars and enjoy. We prefer to keep these chilled in the refrigerator, they taste great cold!

Did you make this recipe?

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Mud Hen Bars are such a unique treat. Cookie dough, topped with marshmallow and chocolate chips and covered in a brown sugar meringue. DELIGHTFUL.

Recipe originally published May 22, 2017


About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Comments & Reviews

  1. Thank you for your post, I look for such article along time, today I find it finally. this post gives me lots of advise it is very useful for me.

  2. Have been a loyal follower for the long haul…. lol…. I think!!?? I remember reading your stories, talking about your moving, etc. it’s been a long time. But that’s GREAT!
    Continue on for many years with great recipes, ideas, and fun chat…love it all. 😉  

  3. I have been reading different recipes on mud hen bars and I have decided that I want to try yours… My one question is… Could you possibly freeze these ???? knowing that you can keep them in the refrigerator helps but would like to know in the event I ever needed to make them ahead of time if I could possibly freeze them I’m thinking probably not !?!?

  4. It’s great because of the knowledge you share with us, I will always follow your blog and will share your blog with my friends

  5. I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any helpful hints for newbie blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  6. Found that I could not pour my batter, rather I had to spread it. Also found there was not enough batter or merange, so ended up using a 9×9 pan to compensate. Other than that they were tasty and original. Thank you

  7. Congrats, and thank you for all you do. Love your blog and have enjoyed a lot of your recipes and hope to enjoy many more.

  8. Happy blogiversary Aimee! I found you after seeing your Rice Krispie Treats with instant pudding in the mix….mind blowing. I can’t even count how many versions of them I’ve made and they’re always a hit.

    Thanks for doing what you do-here’s to many more happy years of baking, cooking and blogging!

  9. Happy Blogiversary!! I love your blog and have been a faithful follower for years. Love all your awesome recipes 🙂 xoxo

  10. So thankful for your blog! It’s what lead me to starting my own! I followed lots of bloggers back in the day and yours was one of them! Congratulations! I know it has been a wild ride!! 

  11. Congratulations my friend! What a whirlwind journey. I’m so glad you took note from Evan Thomas (I just read Avery’s comment about him; what a riot)! Glad we are on this journey together.

  12. CONGRATULATIONS on your 6 year blogaversary. I know it is lots of work to keep it going. Lots of cooking and washing dishes for sure. Thank you for all you do.

  13. Congrats on 6 years! Wow, it’s been awhile huh 🙂 So much has changed that if we told anyone what we did 7-10 years ago to blog vs. now…they would never believe it unless they were a blogger!

    And I know Evan Thomas- we’re FB friends! At that time he was a college kid, commented on ALL the food blogs! He was blogging out of his dorm room with a microwave and a mini fridge and seriously he put up some good content! I cannot remember what he changed his blog to and don’t believe he blogs anymore but it’s fun reading those old, old comments and seeing names that are like blasts from the past!

    1. Oh my gosh that’s so funny that you know him 🙂 Tell him I said thank you!! And you’re right….SO MUCH has changed 🙂 I’m so glad to have met your though this journey!

  14. I have been with you since I first was interested in being a home baker and thank you. You are wonderful and I enjoy checking out you new recipes and tips. Have a great 6 more years.

  15. Aww I love the story of how you started your blog! Thanks, Evan! LOL. It’s almost 10 years for me and when I first started, I was using my flip phone camera. My, how times have changed!!

  16. Congratulations on your 6 year blogiversary, Aimee! That is such a fantastic milestone that you should definitely celebrate! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes and stories that you’ve shared with us throughout the year. I’m looking forward to many, many more! 🙂

  17.  I’ve been a loyal reader of your blog for a long time now, and I’m SO excited that you’ve blogged for so long already – wishing you at least 6 more years of quality recipes, photos, posts, etc.  Congratulations! And no joke, I DO know Evan Thomas personally – he’s yet another awesome blogger and real-life person, so that’s awesome he commented 🙂 

    1. OMG that’s so funny that you know him 🙂 Tell him thank you from me!!! And thanks to you too for following along for so long now!! I appreciate all the comments and love 🙂

      1. I sent him the blog post 🙂  And thank YOU for always being so genuine on your blog – keep up the awesome work, I look forward to every post. Loyal Ohio reader here 😀

        1. Haha, that’s awesome! Thank you for the kind words (and loyalty 🙂 )

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