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Homemade Baby Ruth

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These delicious homemade Baby Ruths are a family favorite straight from Grandma! 

While these easy, delicious squares will never get awards for being the prettiest, they are some of the tastiest cookie recipes you’ll ever have. They boast peanut butter, brown sugar, peanuts, chocolate chips, and corn flakes which combine into an amazing flavor similar to real Baby Ruths. 

I love easy they are to make – perfect for a last minute gathering or a quick treat. The definitely hit the spot with the perfect mix of crunchy and sweet. And who can resist chocolate. If you’re looking for more amazing cookie recipes, check out our doubletree cookie recipe, five star bars and these chocolate chip cookie bars.


stack of 3 baby ruths on a white plate

Baby Ruth Ingredients You Will Need

  • Karo syrup
  • white sugar
  • brown sugar
  • peanut butter
  • peanuts
  • corn flakes
  • chocolate chips

(See full recipe at bottom of the post)

photo collage of steps for making baby ruth squares

How to Make Homemade Baby Ruth Bars

Boil, mix, press.  It’s that easy!

Grab the Karo syrup and both sugars.  You’re gonna bring them to a boil and let them boil for one minute.  But be careful-  don’t let it boil over!  (Can you imagine the sticky mess?  Yikes, let’s avoid that!)

Mix together with the rest of the ingredients and put into a buttered pan.  Press down and lay hot chocolate bars or chocolate chips on top while hot- spread.

Cut them while warm to get nicely cut bars.

I’ve heard some suggestions to line the pan with foil that has been buttered or sprayed, as it makes it easier to take them out. I think that’s a great idea. 

baby ruths cut into squares

How to Store Homemade Baby Ruth Bars

You might think it’s a silly question since you’re just going to eat it all anyway, but just in case you want to save some for a special occasion, here are some tips on how to store your homemade Baby Ruth bars.

First, air containers are a must. Chocolate takes on the smell and flavor of whatever it’s around.  So place these in moisture and vapor proof wrap, or throw them in an airtight freezer bag.

If you’re going to save them for longer than a week, I’d place them in the freezer to keep them as fresh as possible.  

They’re a great dessert to serve at a party or to give as part of a cookie exchange — everyone will ask for your recipe.

How Did Baby Ruth Get Its Name?

According to the candy company that owned the famous chocolate bar, they changed the name to honor Former President Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth, who died as a child in 1904 and was famously referred to as “Baby Ruth”.

But a lot of people think that this was all a cover story just so the company wouldn’t have to pay the world-famous baseball player Babe Ruth royalties for using his name. During the same year that Curtis Company changed the name of the candy bar, Babe Ruth hit 59 home runs and revolutionized the game of baseball.

baby ruths cut into squares on a cutting board

In any case, the original candy bar was introduced in 1900 making it one of the oldest surviving candy bars in the world and with good reason.

This simple, easy recipe makes the best homemade bars and everyone will love them. I hope you enjoy them soon.

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Homemade Baby Ruth

These easy, quick and delicious homemade bars are a tasty dessert idea!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baby Ruth Bars, homemade baby ruth
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 300kcal


  • 1 cup white Karo syrup
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 6 cups Corn Flakes


  • Bring Karo syrup and both sugars to a boil, being careful to not let boil over.
  • Mix together the peanut butter, peanuts, and Corn Flakes and put into a buttered 9x9 dish.
  • Spread the chocolate chips over the top of the Corn Flakes mixture while it's still warm so the chocolate melts.
  • Cut into squares while still warm.


Calories: 300kcal
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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.

    1 Comment

    1. Layne Henderson

      Layne Henderson

      March 19, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      Baby Ruth is my favorite candy bar – can’t wait to try these homemade bars! So good!!

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