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Aunt Eva’s Mud Hen Bars

October 9, 2009

~ Mary ~


I don’t even remember where I got this recipe, but I do remember Mickey getting excited every time I made them.  It’s simple enough and not too sweet.  This post has been sitting in my draft box since, well since you don’t even want to know when so – here you go – copied straight from my favorites book.  Enjoy!






ps. I did upgrade the margarine to butter and the chips to Ghiradelli’s 60% choc chips.

 10/14/09 Update: WOW! Thanks for all the responses! I never realized my penmanship would have so much scrutiny.  Maybe not so much the penmanship as the abbreviations – you can call them chicken scrtachings and I won’t be offended – get it Hen Bars – Chicken Scratching – hehehehahahahohohho I crack me up!

C = Cup

t = teaspoon

BP = Baking Powder

42 Comments leave one →
  1. pat permalink
    October 10, 2009 3:38 pm

    The recipe is from my Mary Hart Favorite Recipes published in 1979. She was the Food Editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for many years.
    It is one of my FAVORITE cookbooks. I have yet to find one of her recipes that hasn’t become one of our favorites as well! Would that sll cook books were so reliable!
    Some of you may remember she came out to our house to interview me about my Jamacain Fruit Cake. Our picture appeared in the paper with our cowboy hats and I was strumming my ukelali. We were singing “Polly Wolly Doodle All The Day” I was pregnant with Katy, so the picture was of Kevin, JP and Mary.
    Food does bring back memories, doesn’t it?

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      October 12, 2009 5:04 pm

      Great story Patty! Where’s the paper clipping? I’ll add it if you can find it.

      • pat permalink
        October 13, 2009 8:04 pm

        I’ll look for it just now.

  2. October 12, 2009 7:06 pm


  3. October 12, 2009 7:39 pm

    Mud Hen’s Bar. How did that name come by? And it looks rich, sweet and delicious.

  4. October 12, 2009 8:51 pm

    Thanks for the posting. yummmmmm!

  5. October 12, 2009 9:12 pm

    These look fantastic! I’ll be trying these. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. October 12, 2009 9:28 pm

    Why are they called Mud Hen Bars? Is there a story behind the name?

  7. October 12, 2009 10:46 pm

    My family would love these bars! Good call on substituting butter for margarine.

  8. October 12, 2009 10:52 pm

    I love the name!! I’m sure my kids would drool over these 🙂

  9. October 12, 2009 11:42 pm

    Oooh, those look beyond good. Perfect, sweet and addictive.

  10. October 13, 2009 5:12 am

    I’m sure I would be able to finish this if you give those bars to me. I think the gooey and chewy texture is what I love the most. Thanks for sharing that.

  11. October 13, 2009 6:09 am

    Saw you on foodgawker, congrats, they always have denied my pictures,your picture is beautiful….and delicious.

  12. October 13, 2009 9:57 am

    wow che delizia!!

  13. Katie permalink
    October 13, 2009 10:33 am

    Anything to do w/Toledo Mud Hens? I love the Mud Hens! My kids will go crazy for these, yummeee!

  14. October 13, 2009 11:21 am

    I must try one.

  15. October 13, 2009 12:54 pm

    I love this recipe! it makes it extra special considering the fact that it is a family recipe

  16. October 13, 2009 1:15 pm

    Mm, those look and sound yummy! My kids would love them!

  17. October 13, 2009 8:18 pm

    Wow, I am definitely keeping this recipe -this looks amazing!

  18. October 13, 2009 9:16 pm

    I want ONE bite !

  19. Sherman permalink
    October 14, 2009 1:06 am

    looks yummy, wanna try.
    wht does c stands for? cups??

    plz reply!

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      October 14, 2009 5:29 am

      Yes, C=Cups and the small t=teaspoon

  20. perla permalink
    October 14, 2009 1:13 am

    uhmm…looks masarap!i should try baking this!

  21. October 14, 2009 6:08 am

    Awesome recipe. My girls would love them!

  22. October 14, 2009 8:38 am

    This look fantastic! One questions…..what’s 1+ BP? I’m not sure I know what a BP is! Thanks in advance! 🙂

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      October 14, 2009 10:28 am

      1 teaspoon Baking Powder

  23. October 14, 2009 12:12 pm

    such a simple and irresistible treat!
    and using Ghiradelli’s???? doesnt it just make the bars even more indulgent?!

  24. October 14, 2009 9:51 pm

    Мммм….вкусно и красиво!Поздрави!

  25. October 14, 2009 10:52 pm

    Looks great!! I love how you scan your recipes! I think I might do that once in a while :o)

  26. Hilary permalink
    October 21, 2009 12:51 pm

    I’m going to make these tonight, what does cram short (is that the butter?) mean?

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      October 21, 2009 1:49 pm

      yes there is a minor smudge there, but it does say CREAM in all caps
      and yes short = shortening which does mean the margerine – or butter (which is better) if that’s what you’re using.
      Let me know what you think when your finished gobbling them up 😉

  27. October 21, 2009 1:06 pm

    Some recipes simply cannot be matched, they are impeccable when passed on as a legacy! these bars look really delicious!

    They would be perfect for the sweet celebration contest I’m hosting on my blog. It would be great if you’d care to participate!

  28. Brock permalink
    October 28, 2009 6:48 pm

    do you grease the pan?

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      October 28, 2009 8:18 pm

      I never used to but this time around I did spray it – not sure why – it didn’t hurt anything.

  29. Brock permalink
    November 4, 2009 9:56 am

    awesome thanks!

  30. November 20, 2009 6:49 pm

    I LOVE these! I am so making them as part of a Christmas goodies present!

  31. May 31, 2010 12:41 am

    I bookmarked this recipe last fall when I saw it, because I loved the name. I made them this weekend and took them to a potluck- everyone loved them. I also blogged about them and linked back to your site for the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!

  32. foododelmundo permalink
    August 17, 2010 8:45 pm

    Someone else liked them too:

  33. Chris permalink
    November 30, 2010 12:03 am

    We got this recipe in the mail as part of a “teaser pack” from a mail order cookbook like 15 years go. In the book they were called “Mississippi Mud Bars” which I have since learned is not correct. 🙂

    They were my favorite dessert at the time and then I lost the recipe. Very happy to find it again!

  34. Katy permalink
    June 4, 2011 11:46 am

    I just finished making a quadruple batch for tomorrow’s wedding shower. My whole house smells magnificent!


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