April 14, 2013

Oh Henry Bars

 My Dad bought me a cookbook he saw at a local bakery.  He knows I love cookbooks!

Besides the fact that I can't stop smelling the cookbook.  Literally. . . It smells like a bakery. . . Like glazed donuts and pastries and it is divine.  I told him I was going to set it on the nightstand next to my bed, so I can smell it all night long :)  Seriously, isn't the smell of a bakery the best thing ever?
 To thank my Dad for the book, he requested these Oh Henry Bars.

They turned out SO GOOD and were a HUGE HIT.  If you try them while they are soft and warm and extra gooey, you might not end up with any to give away.  Consider yourself forewarned.
Oh Henry Bars
adapted from: Lehi City Cookbook
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

1 c. light brown sugar, packed
1 c. light corn syrup
1 c. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 1/2 - 6 c. rice krispies
1 bag chocolate chips 

Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan; set aside.  Combine brown sugar and corn syrup in a large saucepan.  It will be very thick at first.  Heat over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently; bring to a boil and remove from heat.  Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.  Stir in the rice krispies until completely coated.  Press mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan.  Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted.  Evenly spread over bars.  Cut while still warm.  Allow to set and serve.  

Jenn's Notes: I used creamy peanut butter and 5 1/2 cups rice krispies so they would be a little extra gooey. 

36 comments:

  1. These sound so good. I remember Oh Henry bars from my younger days. It reminds me of the birth of my son. He was my third child and I had made it a tradition not to let my husband hand out cigars. Instead we handed out Oh Henry bars. Sounds weird, but this is the candy that most of us were eating in the seventies. Thanks for posting.

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    1. That is too funny - great idea handing out oh henry bars! -Jenn

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  2. These look so tasty and way easier to make than I thought they were going to be. I think that you might need to get help on the cookbook addiction but it sounds nearly normal to me :) I don't think that I would be able to sleep with all that good smell nearby! I have tried to make bread in the bread machine while we are sleeping and I can't even sleep through that!! Thanks for the great recipe :)

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    1. Very easy and super yummy! - Jenn

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  3. These look super easy and yummy! Love your blog!

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  4. So simple and so good. Thanks for sharing. We're having a party and these would be a hit. Hope you can drop by.
    http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/whatd-you-do-this-weekend-11/

    Linda

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  5. love for you to come link this up at The Weekly Creative- a party I co-host with The Girl Creative!

    http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/2013/04/the-weekly-creative-4/

    Smiles,
    Melanie
    Reasons To Skip The Housework

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  6. Well, twist my arm...I'm totally making these today.

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  7. A book that smells like a bakery? Oh how fun is that! I hope the smell stays with it for a long time. These bars look killer...so fun to make a bar like a candy bar!!!

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  8. Yum, your bars look so good! Love how easy they sound too!

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  9. Hmmm, I want to try this. Looks so easy! Thanks!

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  10. I just finished making these with my kids. With two of my kids having friends sleep over tonight, I'm pretty sure these bars won't make it through the night! Thanks!!

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    1. That is so good to hear! I hope they don't make it through the night, then you will have an excuse to make them again tomorrow!!

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  11. Traditional O'Henry Bars/Scotcharoos use Special K, not rice krispies, and a mix of 1 cup butterscotch chips and 1 cup chocolate chips for the topping. If you haven't tried it, I HEARTILY recommend it. :D You will LOVE IT!

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    1. I'll have to try them with Special K next time. I have had the kind with butterscotch and milk chocolate chips and I do call those Scotcharoos. I love both versions. Thanks - Jenn

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  12. Did you use milk chocolate chips on these? Look SO yummy!

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    1. Yes, I did. I am a milk chocolate girl!

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  13. Do you think these would work with almond butter? No allergies or anything...just thought they might have a good flavour.

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    1. I've never had almond butter, so I'm not sure. Does it have the same consistency as peanut butter and do you think it would melt the same way? If yes, I think it is worth a shot.

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  14. I put a recipe like this is my cookbook, except with corn flakes. And have one on my blog with Special K. And another one on my blog with Rice Krispies. The combo of cereal, PB, and corn syrup - the possibilities are endless. Love the way yours turned out. The choc layer is so tempting!

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  15. I didn't have any rice krispie cereal so I used what I had which was honey nut chex & just crushed them up a bit--I used 1/2 choc chips & 1/2 milk choc chips for the topping--I'm eating a ooey-gooey warm yummy one right now for breakfast & plan to take the rest to my sister's cookout today. I always enjoy your recipes!
    Thanks! Andrea H

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    1. Honey Nut Chex - that sounds like a nice change! I'm glad you liked them - thanks :)

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  16. My family loves these bars! The bars come together quickly and have a nice, mellow peanut butter flavor. The texture is also perfect- not too sticky like similar bars I have tried. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    Jocelyn

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    1. I am so glad you like them as much as I do!

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  17. I made these today except I didn't add the melted chocolate to the top & stirred in M&Ms. I got a phone call right as I was adding the M&Ms so they weren't stirred in right away & they didn't really "stick" so I'm not sure if it was because of the delay or if they just don't stick, but we sure like them! They're disappearing quickly! Thanks!

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    1. That is a great idea with the M&M's. I've never actually tried it, but I would think if you added them right away before the peanut butter mixture had time to set up that they would stick. I'll have to give your version a try.

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