Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mississippi Mud Bars

Mississippi Mud Bars, made with a brownie layer and topped with marshmallows, returned to the oven long enough to melt, and finished with a powdered sugar, chocolate frosting.

Mississippi Mud Bars

Now, what kind of Mississippi gal would I be without eventually getting around to posting a recipe for Mississippi Mud Bars? Well, with all this rainy weather here lately, I got in a baking mood and needing to use up some miniature marshmallows, I thought it'd be a great day to get around to making my recipe, so here ya are!

Truth is, Mississippi Mud desserts show up in a variety of presentations - as a cake, or a pie, or like here, bars. And of course, as usual, it is made in as many different ways as there are cooks, but always involves chocolate, nuts, marshmallows, and chocolate frosting. I make my Mississippi Mud Bars using my basic standby brownie recipe because it is the perfect gooey back drop as the "mud," which I then top with the marshmallows and a powdered sugar chocolate frosting.

Personally, I love scratch brownies because they are a breeze to make, and I almost always have all of the ingredients in the house. You can, of course, easily substitute your favorite packaged brownie mix here. Traditionally, Mississippi Mud is most often made using pecans because of their abundance here, but you can leave them out or substitute walnuts instead. You can also toast the pecans beforehand if you like, but it's totally optional.

This is a very decadent, rich dessert and definitely not low fat, but truly a chocoholics dream. And... now that it's in the house... off to practice that mantra, "all things in moderation." Enjoy!

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Recipe: Mississippi Mud Bars

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 15 min |Cook time: 40 min | Yield: About 12 servings

  • 3/4 cup of cocoa (like Hershey's)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2/3 cup of vegetable or canola oil, divided 1/3 cup at a time
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 3 cups of miniature marshmallows
For the Chocolate Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa
  • 1/3 cup of evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
  • 1 (1 pound) box of powdered sugar, sifted

Stir cocoa and baking soda together. Blend 1/3 c. veg. oil into cocoa until well mixed and shiny. Add boiling water, stir until thickened.

Add in sugar, remaining 1/3 c. oil, and eggs, stirring until smooth. Add flour, vanilla and salt, blending completely. Add nuts. Pour into a lightly greased 13 x 9 metal baking pan and bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

Sprinkle marshmallows on top and return to oven for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and spread marshmallows evenly over the top.

For the frosting, combine all of the ingredients and beat at medium speed until well blended; increase to high speed and beat until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Carefully spread the frosting over marshmallows but don't fret if you draw a bit of the marshmallow into the chocolate frosting. It's fine! Cool and cut into squares.

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  1. Hey Mary, I may be way over the edge [and make even make you scowl] if I cheated on this? Since I'm not a fine baker or a true southern gal like you [smile] I'm gonna try a box brownie mix with your marshmallows and frosting. I'll even brave the home made frosting. Now I know the brownies will not even compare but the topping is just killing me! My dear son [Red] is working a lot this week. He will really enjoy coming home to this even if the brownies are from a box, he's a huge marshmallow fan!

    Thanks for sharing another fine recipe once again!

  2. LOL Kathy, that's why I mentioned in the post that it's perfectly fine to use a mix!! I'm all about making things your own and there are some pretty good mixes out there these days. Enjoy!!

  3. I want some right now...bookmarked!!! :D

  4. OMG...that looks soooooo goood.

    why would the first time i visit you have to be chocolate :P??

    thanks for visiting me :)

  5. I would love this! So chocolatey!

  6. OMG, these look do decadent and gooey and so bad for you that they must be good...

  7. Those look so good. I love homemade brownies oh and marshmallows and all that frosting. yummo. So chocolaty.

  8. ooh, that looks so good right now. . .followed by a BIG glass of milk!

  9. Mary, when I want dessert, I don't want lowfat, so these bars are perfect! :)
    These are perfect for satisfying my chocolate cravings! Thanks!

  10. These truly are heavenly y'all! Hope that you try them sometime.

  11. So decadent! I'm a chocolate lover. These are right up my alley!

  12. I am saddened to say that I don't think I've ever had these!!!!

  13. Oh my heavens this is one incredibly evil dessert! A dream for chocolate lovers! I have been looking for a Mud Pie recipe but what you have created here is where my search stops! Fabulous!

  14. Making them right now! Can't wait to eat them. Do you by any chance have a recipie for a Missippi Mud PIE? I love your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your spectacular recipes!

  15. Tricia, thanks so much for your sweet compliment! I don't have one up yet, but it is on my to-do list!

  16. Do you think it would come out good if I used butter instead of canola oil? I don't like most oils.

  17. inola, I have only made this particular chocolate cake using oil so I am not sure how any substitute would work. Sorry!

  18. I made these today for my son & his friend - they were a hit! I love your website!

  19. Thank you so much - glad y'all enjoyed the bars!!

  20. One of my very favorites. Several years ago when I was still working, I would make these when we had potluck at work. I worked on the first floor and one young man who worked on the fourth floor ALWAYS knew when I had these in the building. So, down he came!! It was like he had a sixth sense about Mississippi Mud Bars.
    I really need to make some of them NOW...it has been a long timr since I have had them.

  21. I made these today, only used 1 1/2 cups sugar. The marshmallows are impossible to spread, so I just left them. I think it would be better to use marshmallow fluff if you want to spread them. But easy to make.

    1. Those marshmallows can be buggers for sure - did you return the pan to the oven to melt them?

    2. On No Marshmallow fluff just isn't right. This has been my favorite dessert since I was a little girl. My mom still makes it for me and we always brown the marshmallows never spread. Oh my mouth is watering now!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping back by to comment Kat!!

  23. I am glad I happened upon your site. My son being (30) ask me every year to find my recipe for Mississippi Mud Bar's (yes I lost it) well I did this recipe and he is in happy now this Christmas because I made these. Thank You So Much! They are a hit in my home.

  24. Best Recipe and Thank You So Much !!! I lost mine years ago and been wanting to make them for my Grandkids. My oldest son is Very Happy this year for Christmas

  25. Just have to share a story of when I had my first slice of Mississippi Mud Cake. Years ago on my husband and my anniversary we had dinner in a very upscale hotel restaraunt where we had this decadent dessert . I loved it so much that on my upcoming birthday I was presented a whole sheet cake of the very same cake and still in the pan it was baked in. Surprised, I asked him who he got to make it for him. He actually went back to the hotel chef and asked him to make it for him! Love this man, he's been a keeper all these years since !! LOL! Oh and we did return the pan too! And I've been making it now for years from this exact recipe here....the grandkids love it!

    1. Indeed that's a pretty good indication that he's a keeper!

  26. I really can't wait to make these! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!


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