Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Food: O Henry Bars

I was looking for something quick, easy, and sweet to make the other day and was browsing through my recipe box. I found my grandmother's recipe for O Henry Bars, but it was a microwave recipe and I'm opposed to doing anything more than warming up food in the microwave so I looked for another recipe. This one comes from an old fire department cookbook from where I grew up and is pretty similar to my grandmother's, but uses a real oven. These were pretty popular when I was a child, but I haven't had an O Henry Bar in years.

I questioned the name, because one recipe I found said "Oh Henry" (as in "Oh, Henry, these bars are just wonderful!") and others said "O Henry" (as in the writer?). You also may remember the "Oh Henry!" candy bar, which had chocolate, peanuts, caramel, and fudge - and doesn't seem to resemble this recipe. I quick Google search shed no light on the name and actually caused more confusion. My advice? Eat, don't question. Enjoy!

O Henry Bars

2/3 cup butter
4 cups quick rolled oats
3 tsp vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 cup chocolate chips
2/3 cup crunchy peanut butter

Cream butter with brown sugar. Add rolled oats and corn syrup. Stir in vanilla. Blend well and press firmly into a greased 9x13" pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in microwave. Spread on bars..
Place in refrigerator to cool and harden. Cut into bars. Best kept cool.

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