O’Henry Bars are a sweet and chewy oat 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!
Lovers of chocolate and peanut butter are going to go nuts for this easy O’Henry Bars recipe!
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.
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.
Something that I’ve always done been good at, something I pride myself on. Yeah. That was sarcastic.
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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?
Similar to this O’Henry Bar dessert recipe, here are some more bar recipes from my blogger friends…
Caramel Pretzel Magic Bars from Chef in Training
Brownie Marshmallow Crunch Bars from Valerie’s Kitchen
Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars from Inside BruCrew Life
Toffee Chocolate Chip Bars from Tastes Better from Scratch
Deep Dish Fudgy Oatmeal Bars from High Heels and Grills
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?
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.
I know deep in my heart my job will never truly be finished even when they leave our nest and soar onto exciting new things, but their physical presence will be greatly missed.
And yes, when one door closes, another door opens.
A new beginning, a new passion, and a new identity.
And maybe eventually a new name…
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 corn syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups uncooked oats rolled or quick-cook
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup creamy 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 corn 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.
Cream the butter and sugar.
Add the oatmeal and press into the prepared baking dish.
While bars are baking, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips in a microwavable-safe bowl for increments of 30 seconds.
Or you can melt them until smooth in a bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water.
Remove bars from oven and place into the fridge to cool for 10 minutes.
When cooled, pour the chocolate/peanut butter mixture over top and spread to edges.
Store them in the 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. Happy baking!