Old Henry Bars

This recipe was given to me when I was in Girl Scouts in the 1950’s. We traded cookie recipes to put together a recipe note book. It was part of a badge we were working on. Eventually several of the cookie recipes made into my mom’s recipe box. I later copied them for myself. I thought it would be nice to share the recipe as it was originally written and using the same title.

Later versions called the cookie O Henry Bars or Oh Henry Bars after the candy bar. Other changes was made to recipe in later versions too. Following WWII margarine was used in baking in place of the more expensive butter. Also this recipe uses a jelly roll pan instead of a 9 x 13 baking pan, so this cookie is thinner and makes more cookies. Chocolate chips now come in a 12 ounce package instead of 16 ounces. I used chocolate almond bark instead of chocolate chips that I had left over from Christmas.

It is a wonderful cookie that is easy enough to have the kids help. If you love peanut butter and chocolate, you will love this recipe.

Old Henry Bars

  • Servings: 35 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup margarine melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 4 cups Quick Quaker Oats
  • 1 jar chunky peanut butter
  • 1 pkg. (16 ounce) chocolate chips


Mix margarine, brown sugar, and oats together. Press into a 10 x15 inch jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with 1 inch sides. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. While still warm spread chunky peanut butter over the cookie base. Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler and spread over peanut butter. Cool in refrigerator before cutting into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Note# Line the jelly roll pan with parchment paper. After the pan of cookies cool, use the parchment paper to lift it out before cutting to make it easier to cut. Use a pizza cutter to cut the bars.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. These sound divine, I wish I had some oats in my pantry!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. knitnkwilt says:

    Sound tempting. Now to get some form of chocolate other than cocoa powder.

    Liked by 1 person

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