This vintage recipe is a family favorite. It's as simple and uncomplicated as childhood. Think of it as the first-generation granola bar!
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🗝️ Key takeaways
- Sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy goodness and it's ready in minutes.
- Oh Henry bars travel well for bake sales, potlucks, school lunches, and picnics, too! Delicious with a glass of milk for an after-school snack.
- Peanut allergies? Be sure to read the tips section for peanut butter substitutes.
Oh Henry Bars. O Henry Bars. In some parts of the country Scotcharoos - they go by a lot of different names. These simple bar cookies are pure peanut butter and chocolate magic!
This recipe is made without corn syrup. I've seen many that call for it but this is the one I grew up with. I hope you love it as much as I do.
It's about to be your favorite treat.
Next time try these Vanilla Brownies!
This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the green recipe card (printable) at the bottom of the page.
- Add chopped peanuts to the top.
- Try using crunchy peanut butter.
- Sometimes I put chopped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups on top.
- Use white chocolate chips instead of chocolate.
- Add toasted coconut to the top.
- Sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top.
- Use milk chocolate chips.
- Try butterscotch chips in place of the melted chocolate chips.
This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions are in the green recipe card at the bottom of the page.
Watch me make this recipe from start to finish with extra tips!
🥫 How to store leftovers
Leftover Oh Henry Bars can be stored at room temperature right in the baking dish.
Just cover with plastic wrap to seal.
You can also stack them in layers in an airtight container. I suggest putting parchment paper or waxed paper between the layers before adding the cover.
If the kitchen is hot you might want to store them in the refrigerator instead.
You can also freeze these for a month or two.
💭 Things to know
Expert Tip: If there are allergies to peanuts use almond butter, soy nut butter, or sunflower seed butter in place of the peanut butter. Or, your favorite alternative.
- Make sure you break up any lumps in the brown sugar.
- Old-fashioned or quick oats are fine - just don't use instant oatmeal. It won't work!!
- Brown sugar- either golden or dark is fine. It's up to your tastes.
- Peanut butter - creamy or chunky - just remember if you use chunky it will give the chocolate topping a lot of texture.
- Oh Henry bars can be made ahead, covered, and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Or freeze them for up to a month. Thaw before serving.
- Double-check your products for gluten but these are, as far as I know, gluten-free.
Nope, not at all. Oh Henry bars are made with oats and brown sugar and Scotcharoos are made with Rice Krispies, corn syrup, and butterscotch baking chips.
I've never had a problem with this but some have. You can line the pan with a piece of parchment paper and let it hang over the sides. When the bars are cool pull the parchment paper out and you'll be able to easily cut the bars. Plus no sticking!
It sounds like you baked them too long. start checking them at 15 minutes because ovens can be different in how they bake certain foods.
📚 Related recipes
- This peanut butter pie is another chocolate and peanut butter masterpiece.
- In the mood for candy? These peanut butter truffles are delicious!
- I love this Reese's peanut butter cheesecake! It's dense and creamy.
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When you show up at the next church potluck with these homemade bars stacked inside this retro carrier you're going to feel just like Mrs. Cleaver... or Aunt Bee. Hey, party like it's 1965, right?
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These easy bar cookies are bound to bring back some amazing memories. You may even make some new ones for your own kids.
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- 4 cups oats, Old fashioned or quick
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 6 ounces chocolate chips
- 1 cup peanut butter
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- Preheat oven to 350.
- Grease 13" x 9 ” pan or spray with no-stick cooking spray.
- Cover with parchment paper and spray with more no-stick spray if desired.
- Mix oats, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl.
- Pour melted butter over and mix well.
- Press into pan firmly and bake for 15 - 20 minutes.
- Melt chocolate and peanut butter together stirring to blend.
- Spread over cooled cookie base.
- Chill 1 hour…IF you can wait that long.
- Cut into 2 dozen bars.
- Old fashioned or quick oats are fine - just don't use instant oatmeal. It won't work!!
- Brown sugar- either golden or dark is fine. It's up to your tastes.
- Double check your products for gluten but these are, as far as I know, gluten free.
Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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First Published: April 20, 2015. Last updated september 3, 2023 for editorial improvements.
✍🏻 A note from Marye...
I know y'all don't always like the stories bloggers tell so when I have one I try to put it at the very bottom so you can read or skip as you like.
I have my mother's old Better Homes and Garden's cookbook, circa 1939... or something like that. It's super old.
It's got a lot of vintage recipes, the stuff I grew up on, but there is something I like better. Stuffed in the pages is a treasure trove of papers that Mom cut, collected, and procured for seven decades.
There are recipes that were my grandmother's, aunts', and ancestors unknown. There are recipes from brands that no longer exist and brands that are still around.
Memories. Memories with all of them.
This recipe for Oh Henry Bars with oatmeal is in there, faded, stained, and kind of frazzled looking but its appearance attests to the popularity of the recipe.
I've seen it called O' Henry Bars and plain Henry Bars depending on which cookbook I'm looking at. They're all the same. Yummy peanut butter and chocolate over a crunchy oat base.
Vintage recipes have a way of bringing back our memories with each nibble. I love making the dishes that I loved as a child and sharing them, along with the memories that go with them, with my kids and grandkids.
Things that no one makes anymore like Butterscotch Buckaroons and Peanut Butter Molasses cookies are flavors that are going to be forgotten and gone forever soon - and that would be a shame, don't you think?
These Rice Krispie Treats are another favorite recipe!