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Mississippi Mud Bars

June 27, 2012Teresa

Mississippi Mud Bars are spectacular. Seriously, these bars are so divine you won’t be able to stop eating them. Back in 2008 I picked up a copy of Paula Deen’s Chocolate Celebration magazine when I was in a check out line at Wal-Mart because it looked like it had some rather drool-worthy recipes in it. I wasn’t wrong. I’ve tried several of the recipes from that magazine and each one has been magnificent. Mississippi Mud Bars is no different.

I will tell you this these bars are really more like a cake than a bar. It does NOT have a brownie type texture at all. So if you’re looking for a brownie-type texture for a Mississippi Mud Bar this is not your go-to recipe. In spite of that it is a fabulous dessert bar.

The cake layer is baked and then topped with marshmallows, toasted pecans, and a layer of chocolate sauce, then the bar is allowed to cool. As it cools, the marshmallows and pecans adhere to the cake and icing somewhat so it stays together–not perfectly, but well enough for what her recipe is trying to accomplish.

This recipe is better cut up in larger pieces (not like the smaller pieces I made). And, although I’ve made this a couple of times now, I may consider baking the marshmallows and pecans for 3-5 minutes on top the next time I make this rather than putting them on as stated in the recipe.

This may allow the ingredients to adhere better and not crumble quite so much. Mississippi Mud Bars are a little more time consuming and have a lot of steps but they’re worth it. We made Mississippi Mud Bars during our Christmas 2009 cookie baking extravaganza and they was a hit with all those who received our cookie baskets that year.

Mississippi Mud Bars have a marvelous taste, and as I stated earlier, they are made more like a sheet cake than a brownie. If you’re looking for a tantalizing chocolate dessert with marshmallows, nuts, and a dreamy chocolate sauce over top, than look no farther than this recipe. You will be sated after one, uh, or two, uh, or three of these delicious bars! 🙂

When I initially published in June 2012, it was right after I began my blog. I remade the recipe later in the year but I was still using an iPhone for a camera so my pictures weren’t as crisp and clear as I would have liked. I recently remade this recipe (September 2016) and retook the pictures. This recipe does have several steps but it is so scrumptious I hope you give it a try.

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Paula Deen’s Mississippi Mud Bars are sinfully rich!  đź™‚

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Each bar is filled with chocolate, marshmallows, pecans and MORE chocolate! 

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These scrumptious bars take a little more work than some, but they are worth it!

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Mississippi Mud Bars are an excellent choice for holiday baking.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients for the cake.

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In a saucepan on the stove, melt butter.

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Meanwhile, place eggs in a mixing bowl. Add milk, water and cocoa.

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Stir to combine.

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Add cocoa mixture to the melted butter. Stir to combine.

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Meanwhile, in a separate mixing bowl measure sugar. Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add baking soda. Stir dry ingredients to combine. Set aside.

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Remove cocoa/butter mixture from heat and add vanilla. 

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Combine melted chocolate mixture from saucepan with flour mixture in mixing bowl.

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Stir to combine. 

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Spray a 10×17″ jelly roll pan with cooking spray. Smooth chocolate mixture into pan with a knife. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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I used these ingredients for the chocolate icing.

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Melt butter.

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Add cocoa, milk and vanilla.

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Add powdered sugar.

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Stir to combine. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, toast pecans. Mine took 8 1/2 minutes at 350.

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Remove brownies from oven.

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Pour marshmallows over top. Add toasted pecans.

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Drizzle with chocolate sauce trying to get as good of coverage as possible. Use a knife if you need to. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting.

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Don’t these delicious Mississippi Mud Bars make your mouth water?

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Chocolate lovers can sure get their fix with Mississippi Mud Bars and then some!

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The delectable chocolate icing is poured over the top. Oh, my!

Here’s the recipe.

MISSISSIPPI MUD BARS

(Recipe adapted from Paula Deen’sChocolate Celebration Magazine)

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Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
MISSISSIPP MUD BARS:
MISSISSIPPI MUD FROSTING:
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
MISSISSIPP MUD BARS:
MISSISSIPPI MUD FROSTING:
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Instructions
MISSISSIPPI MUD BARS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350Ëš.
  2. Spray a 11x17-inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  4. Whisk milk, cocoa, water, and eggs and add to butter in saucepan.
  5. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
  6. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  7. In a large bowl, combine sugar, UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour, and baking soda.
  8. Pour butter mixture over sugar mixture, whisking to combine.
  9. Pour into prepared pan.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  11. Immediately sprinkle marshmallows and pecans evenly over hot cake.
  12. Pour hot Mississippi Mud Frosting over cake, spreading with a knife if necessary.
  13. Let cool in pan completely.
  14. Cut into squares to serve.
MISSISSIPPI MUD FROSTING:
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in milk, cocoa, and vanilla.
  3. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
  6. Pour over top of cake, marshmallows and pecans in jelly-roll pan.
  7. Makes about 1 ½ cups.
Recipe Notes
NOTE: Another option is to bake the cake 20 minutes exactly. Remove from oven, sprinkle with marshmallows and nuts and bake 5 additional minutes only until marshmallows are softened not turning brown. Remove from oven and add Mississippi Mud Frosting. This will enable the ingredients to adhere together a little better.
NOTE: These are much easier to cut into bars if you freeze or refrigerate the pan a few hours beforehand.
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Mississippi Mud Bars[/b]
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://www.pauladeen.com/” target=”_blank” title=”paula deen”]Paula Deen’s[/url] [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/Paula-Deens-Chocolate-Celebration-Special/dp/B0018ZGGLS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1419305642&sr=8-2&keywords=chocolate+celebration+magazine” target=”_blank” title=”chocolate celebration magazine”]Chocolate Celebration Magazine[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 48
This fantastic[url href=”http://www.pauladeen.com/” target=”_blank” title=”paula deen”] Paula Deen[/url] recipe is one of the best you’ll ever eat. It is a chocolate overload with chocolate batter, chocolate sauce on top, and marshmallows and pecans in between.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup [url href=”http://www.hersheys.com/” target=”_blank” title=”hershey’s cocoa”]Hershey’s[/url] cocoa
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups[url href=”http://www.goldmedalflour.com/” target=”_blank” title=”gold medal flour”] Gold Medal[/url] UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped and toasted pecans (mine took about 8 ½ minutes at 350)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350Ëš.
  2. Spray a 10×15-inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  4. Whisk milk, cocoa, water, and eggs and add to butter in saucepan.
  5. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
  6. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  7. In a large bowl, combine sugar, UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour, and baking soda.
  8. Pour butter mixture over sugar mixture, whisking to combine.
  9. Pour into prepared pan.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  11. Immediately sprinkle marshmallows and pecans evenly over hot cake.
  12. Pour hot Mississippi Mud Frosting over cake, spreading with a knife if necessary.
  13. Let cool in pan completely.
  14. Cut into squares to serve.
Notes
Another option is to bake the cake 20 minutes exactly. Remove from oven, sprinkle with marshmallows and nuts and bake 5 additional minutes only until marshmallows are softened not turning brown. Remove from oven and add Mississippi Mud Frosting. This will enable the ingredients to adhere together a little better.

 

Mississippi Mud Frosting
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://www.pauladeen.com/” target=”_blank” title=”paula deen”]Paula Deen’s[/url] [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/Paula-Deens-Chocolate-Celebration-Special/dp/B0018ZGGLS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1419305642&sr=8-2&keywords=chocolate+celebration+magazine” target=”_blank” title=”chocolate celebration magazine – 2008″]Chocolate Celebration Magazine[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 48
This fantastic [url href=”http://www.pauladeen.com/” target=”_blank” title=”paula deen”]Paula Deen[/url] recipe is one of the best you’ll ever eat. It is a chocolate overload with chocolate batter, chocolate sauce on top, and marshmallows and pecans in between.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup [url href=”http://www.hersheys.com/” target=”_blank” title=”hershey’s cocoa”]Hershey’s[/url] cocoa
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in milk, cocoa, and vanilla.
  3. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
  6. Pour over top of cake, marshmallows and pecans in jelly-roll pan.
  7. Makes about 1 ½ cups.
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Stop drooling and come join me for one! See if you can stop at one, or two, or three!

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Mississippi Mud Bars are a great dessert bar for company or special occasions. 

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When I made these for our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza several years ago we had a lot of feedback from folks saying how much they enjoyed these bars.

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Print Recipe
Mississippi Mud Bars BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
This fantastic Paula Deen recipe is one of the best you'll ever eat. It is a chocolate overload with chocolate batter, chocolate sauce on top, and marshmallows and pecans in between.
Mississippi Mud Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #PaulaDeen #brownies are so addictive you won't be able to stop eating them. #dessert #chocolate #marshmallows
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
MISSISSIPP MUD BARS:
MISSISSIPPI MUD FROSTING:
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
MISSISSIPP MUD BARS:
MISSISSIPPI MUD FROSTING:
Mississippi Mud Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #PaulaDeen #brownies are so addictive you won't be able to stop eating them. #dessert #chocolate #marshmallows
Instructions
MISSISSIPPI MUD BARS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350Ëš.
  2. Spray a 11x17-inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  4. Whisk milk, cocoa, water, and eggs and add to butter in saucepan.
  5. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
  6. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  7. In a large bowl, combine sugar, UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour, and baking soda.
  8. Pour butter mixture over sugar mixture, whisking to combine.
  9. Pour into prepared pan.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  11. Immediately sprinkle marshmallows and pecans evenly over hot cake.
  12. Pour hot Mississippi Mud Frosting over cake, spreading with a knife if necessary.
  13. Let cool in pan completely.
  14. Cut into squares to serve.
MISSISSIPPI MUD FROSTING:
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in milk, cocoa, and vanilla.
  3. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
  6. Pour over top of cake, marshmallows and pecans in jelly-roll pan.
  7. Makes about 1 ½ cups.
Recipe Notes
NOTE: Another option is to bake the cake 20 minutes exactly. Remove from oven, sprinkle with marshmallows and nuts and bake 5 additional minutes only until marshmallows are softened not turning brown. Remove from oven and add Mississippi Mud Frosting. This will enable the ingredients to adhere together a little better.
NOTE: These are much easier to cut into bars if you freeze or refrigerate the pan a few hours beforehand.
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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