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Sour Cream Raisin Bar Cookies Recipe

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Sour Cream Raisin Bars Recipe

© 2010 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
These are like oatmeal raisin cookies, but in a bar form. The raisins are suspended in a thick, custardy filling topped with a delicious cobbler crumble. The bar cookies are rich, moist, and easy to make. This version is adapted from a traditional recipe.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 2 cups dark or golden raisins
  • 1-3/4 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks or 16 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • .
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2-1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cover raisins with hot water and let soak until plump, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter. Pat half of this crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9 by 13-inch baking pan. Bake the crust for 7 minutes, then remove from the oven.

Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks, sour cream, granulated sugar, and cornstarch in a saucepan over medium heat. Continue whisking until the mixture thickens, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, and stir in the vanilla and the raisins.

Pour the filling over the partially baked crust. Sprinkle the remaining oats-brown sugar crumb mixture on top of the filling. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top has browned. Let cool to room temperature, then cut into bars to serve.

Yield: 24 bars

Note: These are extremely rich so you may wish to cut the bars smaller.
Sour Cream Raisin Bars Recipe Photo © 2010 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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 5 out of 5
, Member damia102

excellent recipe. also very good with chocolate chips intead of raisins.

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