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mother's sour cream bars

★★★★★ 4
a recipe by
Karon Reichert
Berryville, AR

I believe that my mother received this recipe from my great aunt who is in her mid 90's. I get wonderful comments on these bars every time I make them. This past spring I was diagnosed as gluten intolerant and therefore I have been learning to make many of my original recipes with gluten-free flour. This recipe I have been making as gluten-free also and no one can tell the difference. Just use Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour and some xanthan gum and everything else is the same. Good luck and please let me know if anyone tries this. Thanks.

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These bars are different from anything we've ever had. They have a crunchy oatmeal crust that complements the creamy middle layer. The layer is sweet and tangy with raisins in every bite. A delicious old-fashioned heirloom recipe.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 4
serves About 16 bars
prep time 20 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For mother's sour cream bars

  • 2 c
  • 1 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 c
    butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 c
    quick oatmeal
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 3/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 3
    egg yolks, well beaten
  • 1 1/2 c
    sour cream
  • 1 c
  • 2 1/2 tsp
    corn starch
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How To Make mother's sour cream bars

  • Soaking raisins in hot water.
    Soak raisins in some hot water until soft. Then drain water off of raisins and cool. Set aside.
  • Crust layer baking in the oven.
    Cream butter and sugar well. Add the oatmeal, soda, and flour. Mix well and pat 1/2 of the mixture in a 9"x13" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes.
  • Egg yolks, sour cream, sugar, corn starch, raisins, and vanilla whisked together in a saucepan.
    In a large saucepan, cook the egg yolks, sour cream, sugar, and corn starch. Cook until thick, stirring constantly. Add raisins and vanilla.
  • Custard and crumb layer added and baking in the oven.
    Pour cooked mixture over the crust. Sprinkle remaining crumbs over top of mixture. Bake for 30 more minutes.