Recalling a slumber-party treat


September 22, 2004|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Janice Patten of Raeford, N.C., writes that she is seeking a recipe for O'Henry Bars. These bar cookies contained oatmeal and the batter was very thick. After baking, they were frosted with a mixture of chocolate chips and peanut butter.

We received many answers to this request. Once you have tasted an O'Henry Bar, it is easy to understand why so many people are fond of this simple, old-fashioned recipe. It requires only a few ingredients and is easy for even a novice cook to make.

Among the recipes we received was one from Jacqueline Corsetti of Sebastopol, Calif. She obtained it from her daughter-in-law, Tricia Corsetti, who submitted it to her family cookbook.

Tricia Corsetti says that she has been enjoying these treats since she was 4 years old. The recipe was given to her by the mother of one of her childhood friends who always made them for slumber parties. Both she and her friend still make them for their families.

I used a piece of wax paper to spread the rather thick and sticky dough into the pan. The result was a super-rich, chewy treat.

O'Henry Bars

Makes 2 dozen

2/3 cup butter

1/2 cup white corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup brown sugar

4 cups quick-cooking oatmeal

one 6-ounce package chocolate chips

2/3 cup peanut butter

Mix together the first 4 ingredients. Blend in oatmeal and press mixture into well-greased 9-inch-by-13-inch pan. Bake 18 minutes to 20 minutes at 350 degrees. (Make sure that the mixture bubbles but does not cook too long around the edges.)

Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together in top of double-boiler pan. While cookie mixture is still warm, frost with melted chips-and-peanut-butter mixture. Cool. Cut into bars.

Per serving: 228 calories; 4 grams protein; 12 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 29 grams carbohydrate; 2 grams fiber; 15 milligrams cholesterol; 86 milligrams sodium

Recipe requests

Margaret Reynolds of Lutherville would very much like to have a recipe for a three-cheese spinach dip.

L.J. Quimby of Manchester, Pa., who was a longtime resident of Baltimore, is seeking a recipe for the sweet and tangy vinegar served at the famous Baltimore restaurant Haussner's, now closed.

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