January 18, 2021

Sour cream and raisin oatmeal squares

A plate with a sour cream and raisin oatmeal square next to the pan.

Plump sweet raisins are nestled in a sour cream filling sandwiched between an oatmeal crust and crunchy topping with brown sugar and cinnamon. These sour cream and raisin oatmeal squares taste like the best oatmeal cookie you've ever had. 

January is National Oatmeal Month and today I'm celebrating oats with some of my blogger friends. Oats are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways from breakfast oatmeal, to breads and muffins, to desserts, and much more.

We always have a canister of oats in the cupboard. I use them all the time. I'm a big fan of oats and I love using them to make desserts like fruit crisps and bars or squares like these. I've made a cranberry version in the past, and as much as I love cranberries, I think I like this raisin version even more.

The brown sugar, cinnamon, and oat combination with butter just makes the perfect flavor combination. The sour cream adds some creaminess and helps to off-set all the sweet raisin flavor in the middle. 

These squares taste a lot like an oatmeal raisin cookie, but even better! They are thick and have a terrific texture along with the creamy sweet filling.

These oatmeal squares are great for snacks, lunchboxes, and would be perfect to take to a potluck or party. They make a large pan so there are plenty to go around. They go so well with a mid-morning or afternoon cup of tea.

A small plate with a sour cream and raisin oatmeal square with a fork holding a bite.

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Yield: 15-18 squares
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Sour Cream and Raisin Oatmeal Squares

Sour Cream and Raisin Oatmeal Squares

Plump sweet raisins are nestled in a sour cream filling sandwiched between an oatmeal crust and crunchy topping with brown sugar and cinnamon. These sour cream and raisin oatmeal squares taste like the best oatmeal cookie you've ever had.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup sour cream (full fat preferably)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the oats, 1-1/2 cups flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt until combined.
  3. Firmly press half of the mixture into a 13" x 9" baking dish. Press down firmly and evenly to cover the bottom.
  4. Whisk the raisins through egg, plus remaining 2 tablespoons of flour, together in a medium bowl.
  5. When the crust has finished, spread the sour cream mixture on top. Sprinkle the remaining crust on top while squishing it together with your fingers to make a crumble.
  6. Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, until the filling is set and the top is golden.
  7. Let cool before cutting into squares.
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Baking dish with finished sour cream and raisin oatmeal squares.

Check out these other recipes featuring oats: 

Blueberry Oatmeal Crisp Bars

Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars

Oat & Jam Breakfast Squares  

Sour Cream Cranberry Bars

National Oatmeal Month Recipes


  1. These cookies are calling my name for sure. Love the addition of sour cream.....

  2. This is going to be a huge hit here, putting sour cream on my next grocery pick up!

  3. Sweet oaty crust with plump sweet raisin filling...a perfect combo of flavours and texture.

  4. OMG, looks so pretty! 💛 Bet it's delicious, too! 🤎

  5. These sound fantastic! I love the layered flavors. This is a definite must try.

  6. Amy, these oatmeal bars look rich and really delicious! I'm making a batch of these and soon!! Thanks for sharing this recipe 💕

  7. I could desserts these with a scoop of ice cream! Yum.

  8. Oh my goodness these sound divine! Giant soft oatmeal raisin cookie that you could totally call breakfast. :D

  9. I love this for a tasty breakfast idea. Lots of healthy ingredients and great flavor.

  10. It has most of the ingredients that I love. This can be breakfast, snack or can be used for dessert base too! Delicious bars that I am going to try today!

  11. Oh man these sound amazing! I love the sour cream and raisins in here.

  12. OMG! These sound amazing! I think i might try it with greek yogurt...have you done that yet? Can't wait to try this! I'll definitely tag you!

  13. Oats and raisins? Sounds like my bowl of breakfast cereal! Think I like the bar form better. Much better. :-) Neat recipe -- thanks.

  14. These are absolutely calling my name. That filling looks scrumptious.

  15. Oatmeal is my favorite cookie, so if these bars are like the best one I've ever had, I've got to give them a try!

  16. I love to bake with raisins and these sound delicious! I bet the sour cream makes them so rich and delicious.


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