Monday, March 21, 2011

O'Scrumptious O'Henry Bars



Are you ready to make a quick and easy old-time bar?  Try O'Henry Bars!  They whip up so quickly and they are more like a candy bar than a cookie bar.  Carol, my cousin Jim's wife, used to bring these to family gatherings and they were always a favorite.  Our family made these last night for a Sunday evening treat.

Recipe for O'Henry Bars
1 cup light corn syrup
1cup sugar
1cup peanut butter -- don't use a "natural" peanut butter
4 cups Rice Krispy's or Special K cereal
1 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

In large saucepan, combine corn syrup and sugar; bring to boil. Remove from heat, add peanut butter and stir well. Add cereal. Press mixture into 13-by-9-inch pan. In microwave melt chips together, about 2 minutes, stirring after about 1 minute. Spread chocolate over rice krispy mixture. Cool and cut into bars.  While chocolate is drying, run a fork through the chocolate to make the design; doing this makes the bars a bit more decorative.  Makes about 15 to 20 bars.

I love it that all of the ingredients in these bars can be stored in your pantry and ready to go!


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30 comments:

The White Farmhouse said...

I remember these from when my mom used to make them! I totally forgot all about them too. I loved these as a kid. Of course, who wouldn't? Chocolate on a rice Krispie bar? Heaven! Thanks for bringing back some "sweet" memories!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Joni, This is a keeper recipe for SURE! I just love dessert that I don't have to bake.
And chocolate and peanut butter are made for eachother.
Thanks for this great recipe!
Yvonne

Danielle said...

yum! I need to make these.

Danielle

Lilianna Grace said...

O'Yum!This is getting bookmarked. It looks like a great recipe I can use to show my appreciation at my kids school and doctor's office! Thanks Joni!

Beth said...

I love these, Joni! I've made them a few times myself. I appreciate the trick for making the decorative topping. Mmmmmmmm! I could enjoy one of these right now!
Hugs, Beth

Beansieleigh said...

Oh... my... goodness.. These look DELICIOUS Joni!!! I will ABSOLUTELY have to try these! (No green food coloring necessary, right? We're DONE with that, at my house for the year!) Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! ~tina

Karen said...

Ooooooh Henry - these looks delicious!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Bet they're great Joni! Lovin' the pretty design on top:@)

The Sewing Loft said...

Oh my goodness, I know these are delicous! I will try them soon. Thanks for sharing,
Barb

Julie Harward said...

I have been making these for about 40 years now...they are SO SO good! :D

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I make these without the chocolate and just drop them by the spoonful. I like the idea of adding chocolate (to almost anything really). I always eat way too many!

Pondside said...

This one is going straight into my collection because I just know that I will love it. I also know that it will be dangerous to have these sitting around in a tin.

Jacqueline said...

These bars are one of my weaknesses! I can't leave them alone. I remember making them when we were young. The flavors, the crunch and the smoothness of the chocolate do me in.
I like how you used the fork to make a pattern on the chocolate.

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Sounds a tempting chocolate bar. I would love to try this.

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Ethnic Girl Fun said...

Never seen this recipe! I like it!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

These look "SO GOOD"!!! I just did a post with your "Gingersnaps" being one of the STARS of my table so I wanted you to see... I didn't know if the flavors would GO but I put a DARK kiss in the center of each as it came out of the oven(the way we do for the peanut blossom cookies)...OMG Joni, the flavors are DELICIOUS together, "WHO KNEW"...Hop over an take a PEEK @
http://conghailecottage.blogspot.com/2011/03/springtime-in-garden-of-love.html
Hugs to you,
Donna

Mimi said...

I haven't had these in years. My mistake.
Mimi

anniebakes said...

we love these and call them Special K bars- for the cereal and my friend Karen who makes them for us, thanks for reminding me of this great recipe!! anne

burntapple said...

These sound delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Abby said...

I've known these bars as scotcheroos. they are one of my all time favorite treats!!! So good and easy to make. I was already planning to make them this week and this just sealed the deal :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

They sound so good! Crunchy and chocolaty - Oh My Henry!

Sue said...

I can see why these would be a family favorite, Joni! They look so inviting:)

Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com said...

These are my favorite childhood bars. My mom used to send them in a care package when I was in college and I would share them with my roommates. I love the way you patterned the chocolate on top, too! In my experience, the grownups love these as much as the kids do.

Kate said...

These look delicious. I can see why everybody would love them.

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

These bars remind me of childhood. I need to make some with my son!

I'd like to invite you to share this recipe on my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/03/24/chocolate-donuts/

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING said...

WOW these look wonderful! We are having a CHOCOLATE... CHOCOLATE... and MORE CHOCOLATE linky party over at THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS! We would LOVE for you to link up your chocolate recipe.. it's gonna be a really SWEET week, we hope you stop by and link up!

http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/03/this-weeks-cravings-21-chocolate-and.html

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

This is one of our favorite treats, easy and delish. I sure like your name better!

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

Yummy,

Reminds me of all the times I had to grab one for my grandma.

Thanks for sharing!

Kate

Erin said...

We made these a little while ago and they were wonderful! I ate almost the entire pan myself!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Those look delicious!

Engageya