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Sarah's Mud Hens

My Mother baked this cookie every Christmas. it's a great bar cookie with crispy pecan topping. It isn't Christmas at our house without Mud Hens.
Cook Time : 30 min
Yield : 2 doz.
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  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs save white of 1
  • 1 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour (plain sifted) 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 325 * F. Grease pan. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and cream until smooth. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix by hand until combined. Dough will be stiff. Spread about 1/2 in. thick in pan. Sprinkle chopped pecan over batter. In separate bowl add brown sugar to egg white and still until creamy. Spread thinly over nuts. Bake for about 30 min. Cut in squares while warm. Cool in pan for 10 minutes & turn out onto a cooling rack.
My mother, Sarah Tingle made these every Christmas. They were a favorite of my fathers. I have made these cookies every year and my children make them for their families. We hope you enjoy our family tradition