Craving: Sour Cream Raisin Bars

Craving: Sour Cream Raisin Bars

Emma Christensen
May 4, 2009

Please tell us that you've heard of these bar cookies? We started craving them over the weekend, but when we hopped online to find a recipe, we found next to nothing!

How can it be that more people don't know about this magical combination of cheese-cake-like filling sandwiched between a shortbread crust and a layer of oatmeal-raisin goodness? This must change...

As kids, we always made a beeline for this bar cookie among all the others at the potluck dessert table. Church dinners and family picnics were the only places we ever saw them, which is maybe why they seemed so special to us.

There was just something so perfect about biting into the creamy filling and hitting the crunch of the shortbread. We remember hating sour cream in any other form, but in this bar, its sour tang seemed just right with the sweet, chewy raisins.

We think sour cream raisin bars must be a particular specialty from the Midwest with Scandinavian origins as we can't remember seeing them since leaving home. We found a few recipes posted on group websites - if you have a good one, we'd love to hear it!

Sour Cream Raisin Bars from Razzle Dazzle Recipes
Raisin Sour Cream Bars from All Recipes

We also found a few recipes for sour cream bars with other kinds of fruit filling. These also sound quite tempting...

Sour Cream Cranberry Bars from Taste of Home
Sour Cream Rhubarb Squares from Savor the Rhubarb

Does anyone else remember sour cream raisin bar cookies? Please?!

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(Image: All Recipes member Terka)

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