Monday, September 26, 2011

Applesauce Bars

Oh, wow were these yummy!! I made them for a family dinner party and they were gone within minutes by both kids and adults! And they are a perfect treat for the Fall as well. Perfect blend of pumpkin and apple flavors with a delicious glaze on top...and so moist too! Loved them.

The glaze is definitely a glaze and not a thick frosting. Next time I think I will try it with a prepared cream cheese frosting! But the glaze was delicious as well.

1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup applesauce
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons margarine, melted
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in applesauce. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice; stir into the applesauce mixture until well blended. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are golden. Cool in the pan over a wire rack.
In a small bowl, mix together the confectioners' sugar and margarine. Stir in vanilla and milk until smooth. Spread over cooled bars before cutting into squares.

Gluten Free: use GF flour.

Original recipe from There was also a suggestion made by another user on the website that you can use an 8x8 pan and make them thicker, more like cake than bars. I may have to give that a try next time as well!

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