Home Cooking: O'Henry Bars make for sweet Easter treat

April 12, 2011

Ever since Stacy Horst was a little girl, her mother has prepared a special treat for her family's Easter baskets — O'Henry Bars. She shared these delicious bars with friends and family and, of course, she would leave one out for the Easter Bunny to enjoy with his carrots.

Horst's mother has always enjoyed cooking and baking and this recipe is a family favorites. During Lent, the Christian season of fasting and penitence before Easter, Horst's family often abstained from sweets. These little treats were something they looked forward to.  

Horst is a member of Williamsport Rotary Club, which, among other things, provides financial support to the Williamsport Food Bank, college scholarships for area high school seniors, and leadership training scholarships to area high school juniors. For more information about Williamsport Rotary, go to

O'Henry Bars

1 cup white sugar

1 cup white corn syrup

1 1/4 cups crunchy peanut butter

6 cups cornflakes cereal

3/4 bag of chocolate chips (12 ounce bag)

In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, mix sugar and corn syrup and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.

Place cornflakes in a large bowl. Gently pour sugar-peanut butter mixture over cereal and mix well. Press mixture into a buttered, 13-inch-by-9-inch-by-2-inch jelly roll pan. Smooth the mixture out with a buttered spatula.

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, until melted. Pour melted chocolate over peanut butter-corn flakes mixture and spread evenly to cover. Allow to cool. Cut into 1-inch-by-2-inch bars.

Don't forget to leave one out for the Easter Bunny.

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