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Applesauce Bars Recipe

Applesauce Bars
Quick & Easy Intermediate

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Skill Level: Intermediate

Recipe Rating


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup thick applesauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips or HERSHEY'S Cinnamon Chips
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins


  • 1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
  • 2. Beat shortening, brown sugar and egg until light and fluffy in large bowl. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; add to shortening mixture, beating until well blended. Add applesauce and water; beat until well blended. Stir in peanut butter chips and raisins, if desired. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  • 3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool slightly in pan on wire rack. Frost with LEMON FROSTING.* Cut into bars. Makes about 24 bars.
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 to 4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel
  • Beat butter and powdered sugar in small bowl until well blended. Gradually add lemon juice and peel; beat until of spreading consistency. About 3/4 cup frosting.
  • * Recipe may be doubled for a thicker frosting. Original recipe amount is more like a glaze.

Ratings & Reviews

    Really liked these bars. Made them with Cinnamon Chips and added the raisins. Texture was a lot like carrot cake.
    This sounds like a really good one. I was thinking of putting in Mango sauce instead of the applesauce. Then perhaps adding some pineapple to the frosting.