O'Henry Bars

Oh Henry Bars

Oh Henry Bars are a quick dessert with a buttery oatmeal base and topped with a combo of chocolate and peanut butter.  These easy bars are the perfect addition to any bake sale, luncheon, potluck or family gathering – yum!

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My mom has been making these Oh Henry Bars for as long as I can remember (you’ll be able to tell from the photo of the recipe card below haha!). They were often requested for after school snacks, birthday treats, dessert…..basically any reason us kids could come up with!  My brother Pat especially loves these bars – one thing we can certainly agree on!

You can always tell a family favorite by the look of the recipe card – I’d say this one has been used a time or two! 😉

Pat and I are just 15 months apart in age and were naturally just one year apart in school.  Like any two siblings, you can imagine that we had our fair share of bickering.  I mean, I’d like to think we were little angels, but Mom and Dad would call my bluff real quick. 

Being so close in age, we also found ourselves spending a lot of time together.  We rode bikes together, rode the school bus together, drove to high school together and later found ourselves running into each other at house parties at Iowa State.

Of the four siblings in our family, there are a few different things about Pat that really stand out….

  1. He’s the most injury-prone.  He broke his arm when we were debating who could jump furthest off the swing (he won – wonder if he’d say it was worth it ha!).  He’s also had countless stitches.  I’ll never forget the time he took my bike and I was so irritated.  He told me I could have my bike back “if I got him off the bike.”  Well, I got him off the bike…..also got him 15 stitches.  Whoops.
  2. He’s decisive & dedicated. (And I’ll admit that I’m the most indecisive!) He always seems to know exactly what he wants and is dead set on it. For example, he was a Hawkeye fan growing up and he was determined that going to Iowa State wasn’t going to change that. (Yep, he’s still a Hawkeye). He also knew he wanted to farm and raise a family. It’s pretty cool to see him back on the homestead with his wife and three littles. This decisive-ness also made him super hard to argue with when we were little – he isn’t one to give up. ha!
  3. He’s got a need for speed. I think both of my brothers got this trait from my dad….they love their dirt bikes and 4-wheelers! I remember being on a little Honda 50 one day when I was little. Pat was on his dirt bike said “follow me,” so I did. (You know, because being the little sister, you want to show that you’re just as cool!) I tried so hard to keep up with him, but the soft gravel (yeah, I’ll blame it on the gravel ;)) gave me a rough landing. Took me awhile to get back on that dirt bike after that fall!
  4. He’s the “cupid” of the family.  If someone were to tell me 10 years ago that Pat would introduce me to my husband, I would’ve laughed.  He was cool with me being friends with his friends, but absolutely nothing more (totally understandable).  However, one night at the bar, Pat introduced me to Zach and told me “this is my only friend I’ll allow you to date.”  Mind if I marry him, too? 😉
  5. Lover of Krista, the Hawkeyes, peanut clusters, Grandma’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Oh Henry bars!

What is an Oh Henry! bar?

The original Oh Henry! candy bar was made by Nestle in the 1920’s and is still being made to this day. The candy bar’s package describes them as “peanutty caramel fudge bars in milk chocolate.” The recipe I’ve got for you is different – these bars have a chewy oatmeal base and a chocolate peanut butter topping. (So – I suppose there are some of the same flavors!)

Are Oh Henry! candy bars still made?

Yes! The Oh Henry! candy bars are still being made by Nestle – I still see them on occasion, but will admit I’ve never had one!

Are Oh Henry Bars easy to make?

Back to Mom’s recipe…..Yes!! These Oh Henry Bars are super easy to make – the hardest part is waiting for them to cool! The ingredients are all ones that you most likely have in your cupboard, too. So…what are you waiting for?! 🙂

What are some of my other favorite bars to make?

It depends what I’m in the mood for!! If I want something really quick that doesn’t require turning the oven on, Scotcheroos are my go-to. When I’m in the mood for something fruity, these Raspberry Bars always hit the spot! And if I had to pick a favorite, these Butterscotch Brickle Bars would be the one!!

Oh Henry Bars

A buttery oatmeal base covered with a creamy peanut butter chocolate topping!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 24


  • 1 c butter room temperature
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c light corn syrup
  • 4 c oatmeal (quick oats)
  • 3/4 c semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c creamy peanut butter


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium sized bowl, use a fork to combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and oatmeal.
  • Once combined, press into a greased jellyroll* pan (15.5" x 10.5").
    *If you don't have a jellyroll pan, you can also use a 9×13 pan – the bars will be thicker and take 5-10 minutes longer in the oven.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until bubbly and a light golden brown color.
  • Combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each round, until smooth.
  • Spread the chocolate peanut butter mixture on top.
  • Cut into bars and refrigerate.
Keyword oh henry bars, quick dessert

Recipe added to the Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday.


  1. I am considered elderly and a senior but I still keep on keeping on. I have always lover Oh Henry bars and you are right I dont see them all the time either. I do see them in places like service station convenience centers and sometimes in a pharmacy and I always get one. Cant wait to try this receipt. Thank you so much.

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