O’Henry Bars

With the summer brings lots of changes to campus.  We are renovating the Student Center for the next two years, although they started about a week ago and also changing food service providers.  While I am really excited to have Bon Appetit serving our meals on campus next year — they have a mission and philosophy which aligns with my own ideas about food at the moment — the last few weeks have been also provided some moments where we reminisce about the foods we will miss with our current food service provider.  One of the things they do best are desserts.  For some reason unbeknownst to me (they haven’t grown on me yet), there are a bar that is called the O’Henry Bar, which is supposed to mirror the O’Henry candybar.  Staff and students alike go crazy for these bars.  Even though I don’t necessarily love them, I didn’t think they could be that difficult to make on our own.  Last weekend I tried and the results went over pretty well.  Using a recipe I found in a Catholic Daughters of America cookbook, here’s the recipe:
O’Henry Bars
4 c quick-cooking oatmeal
1 c butter (I used margarine)
1 c brown sugar
½ c sugar
Mix oatmeal, butter, and sugars together and pat into a jelly-roll pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

While it is baking, melt 1 c chocolate chips and 1 c peanut butter on the stovetop.  Frost bars while they are still hot.

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