Friday, March 14, 2014

Oatmeal Raisin Bars- By Valerie

I found this recipe in a cookbook from the library.  These bars quickly became a family favorite!  They are so good.  Anyone that likes oatmeal raisin cookies will LOVE these. :)  Enjoy!

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups raisins
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-3/4 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter, cubed

1.  In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon.  Stir in sour cream until smooth.  Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly.  Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.  Remove from the heat.  Stir in a small amount of hot filling into egg; return all to pan, stirring constantly.  Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.  Remove from the heat.  Gently stir in raisins.  Cool to room temperature without stirring.

2.  Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt.  Cut in butter until crumbly.

3.  Firmly press 3-1/2 cups crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.  Spread with the raisin filling.  Sprinkle with the remaining crumb mixture.

4.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack.  Cut into bars.  Refrigerate leftovers.  Yield: about 3 dozen.

Source: Taste of Home (Shop Smart, Eat Great) Cookbook


  1. Yay! So glad you posted these, so I'll have the recipe handy! They are soooo delicious! Oatmeal and raisins are one of my very favorite things!!
    Thanks so much for finding these!

  2. I'm gong to have to make these for my papa who loves oatmeal raisin cookies.. The "To Die For Blueberry Muffins" are definitely to live for. We made these gluten and dairy free and there were heavenly. Also,I made this recipe using regular ingredients and they got raving reviews. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you, ladies. Sarah B

    1. Hello Sarah,
      Thank you for the sweet comment. :) I am so glad to hear you were able to make our favorite blueberry muffin recipe and you all enjoyed them! That is neat that you were able to make some gluten and dairy free too. Good job!
      Looking forward to hearing what you and your family think about these raisin bars when you try them. :)
      We love receiving your comments.

  3. These look really good! :) I've been trying different oatmeal raisin (and chocolate! :P) bar recipes because they so quick and easy to make! So far, this ( is one of my favorites!! (I made some changes to it) I'll have to try this one!