O’Henry Bars – a sweet oatmeal base covered in melted chocolate and peanut butter. These make a great after-school snack, potluck dessert or will be a delicious addition to your holiday cookie trays!
This post was originally published as Day 204 on September 8, 2011 when I was doing my original 365. It has been updated in format.
No, not puppies or kittens. Been there done that.
And that ” cute little itty bitty kitten” turned into a mean ungrateful son of a monkey’s uncle.
Ok,I admit that he’s not nearly as bad as he used to be, but sometimes…Rescue.
As in rescuing… My three children.
Not that any of them are in any immediate danger, but just from general day to day activities and mental or physical anguish.
Rescue, it’s what I do.
Something that I’ve always done been good at, something I pride myself on.
Yeah. That was sarcastic.
Um, I believe it would be called enabling, actually.
Do other people feel this way or is it because I’m an only child and learned how to do it early in life?
After discussing it tonight with Mr. 365, I realized that it’s a definite control issue and my fear of my baby boy growing up. He’s started his freshman year of high school and I guess I’ve freaked out about it.
Outwardly, no one would know, but Mr. 365 is onto me and sometimes I find myself becoming so anxious that I feel like I’m going to blow.
My real fear: that these next four years are going to fly, he goes away to school, then WHAT?
What does a SAHM (stay at home mom) do when your shuttle service is no longer needed, there are no school lunches to make, parent meetings to go to, or sporting events to attend?
I’ve placed my identity in my children and have forgotten who I really am.
From Day 1, (marriage day 1, not blog day 1) my passion has been my husband and then our children.
It is ALL, and the only thing I ever really wanted in life as far back as I can remember.
To be a wife and mother.
My ultimate dream job.
And yes, when one door closes, another door opens.
My door will open and as I step over that threshold who knows what will be on the other side.
A new beginning, a new passion and a new identity.
And maybe eventually a new name…
Grandma.Eeeks! Did I just say that??!! I just made myself feel really old! 😉
My grandmother made these bars a lot when I was young and my mother would make them during the holidays.
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- 1/3 cup butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup light Karo corn syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups uncooked oats
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Lightly grease a 8 X 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Cream butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl.
Add Karo syrup and vanilla, combining thoroughly.
Add oatmeal and completely mix.
Press evenly into prepared baking dish.
Bake for 15 minutes.
While bars are baking, melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips in a small bowl over a small saucepan containing an inch of simmering water.
Remove bars from oven and place into the refrigerator to cool for 10 minutes.
When cooled, pour the melted chocolate mix over top and spread to edges.
Store in refrigerator.
Add the oatmeal and press into the prepared baking dish.
While bars are baking, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips in a small bowl either in a microwavable-safe bowl for increments of 30 seconds or over a small saucepan containing some simmering water until smooth.
Remove bars from oven and place into fridge to cool for 10 minutes.
When cooled, pour the chocolate/peanut butter mix over top and spread to edges.
Store them in refrigerator.
I rate everything I bake on a scale of 1-4 with 4 being the best and these O’Henry Bars earned 3 rolling pins.
They brought back a lot of good memories, but just didn’t taste the same as when Grandma made them.
Everything always tasted better when Grandma made it anyway.
These are easy to make and the combination of oats, peanut butter and chocolate taste really good together.
They’d make a great bar to bring to a potluck or cookout where there are going to be plenty of children.
Thank you all for reading. I am grateful that you took the time to read.
If you like these O’Henry Bars you’ll enjoy…
Take a look at these other bar recipes from my blogger friends…
1. Caramel Pretzel Magic Bars from Chef in Training
2. Brownie Marshmallow Crunch Bars from Valerie’s Kitchen
3. Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars from Inside BruCrew Life
4. Toffee Chocolate Chip Bars from Tastes Better from Scratch
5. Deep Dish Fudgy Oatmeal Bars from High Heels and Grills
I give you BIG baking hugs and muffins!!