Delicious bar cookie, moist and easy to make.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
32 bars
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together shortening and brown sugar until smooth. Blend in the applesauce and egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice, stir into the applesauce mixture. Fold in raisins. Spread the batter evenly in to the prepared pan.

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. To make frosting: Heat butter in a small saucepan until melted and golden brown. Blend in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Gradually stir in the milk until icing is smooth and spreadable. Spread over cooled bars before cutting into squares.

Nutrition Facts

83 calories; protein 0.7g 1% DV; carbohydrates 13.8g 4% DV; fat 2.9g 5% DV; cholesterol 8.7mg 3% DV; sodium 87.1mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2007
First of all I have to say that I made a lot of modifications. I was looking for a healthy cake/bar with applesauce that we can eat as a family for dessert and not blow a bunch of calories! This turned out to be a good starting point. I used turbinado sugar (same sweetness as processed but comes in crystals--still has that molasses flavor but lighter). We had some leftover cinnamon applesauce so I used that and the little bit of extra cinnamon was great. Instead of raisins I chopped up half of a big gala apple (skin on important vitamins) and used about a third of a cup of chopped walnuts. I also used 2/3 whole wheat flour instead of all white. That said it's a delicious moist bar with a wonderful flavor and I think the apples and walnuts make it much more satiating too. It's also very quick and easy to make popped it in as I was making lunch. The only reason I didn't put 5 stars is because I made so many changes and didn't leave it as-is. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/07/2011
this was ok - nothing extraordinary. Read More
(4)
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2007
First of all I have to say that I made a lot of modifications. I was looking for a healthy cake/bar with applesauce that we can eat as a family for dessert and not blow a bunch of calories! This turned out to be a good starting point. I used turbinado sugar (same sweetness as processed but comes in crystals--still has that molasses flavor but lighter). We had some leftover cinnamon applesauce so I used that and the little bit of extra cinnamon was great. Instead of raisins I chopped up half of a big gala apple (skin on important vitamins) and used about a third of a cup of chopped walnuts. I also used 2/3 whole wheat flour instead of all white. That said it's a delicious moist bar with a wonderful flavor and I think the apples and walnuts make it much more satiating too. It's also very quick and easy to make popped it in as I was making lunch. The only reason I didn't put 5 stars is because I made so many changes and didn't leave it as-is. Read More
(24)
Rating: 4 stars
11/21/2006
A very nice, cake like texture. Almost like a spice cake. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was I didn't care for the icing. I will make this again but make a different icing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2006
These are a very moist bar. They have a nice flavor. Next time I think I will just dust with powdered sugar instead of icing them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2007
GREAT-I used 2 egg whites instead of 1 egg -Great tasting and texture Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2011
This is good stuff! I'm trying to eat healthier so made some adjustments. I used 1/3 cup wheat flour 2/3 cup white. Only used 1/2 cup brown sugar but next time will use 1/3 because the raisins really make it sweet enough for our taste even with wheat flour. Also increased the spice since we like more of a kick: 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp cloves (I don't have or use pumpkin pie spice). I sprinkled 1/2 cup chopped walnuts on top rather than ice them. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2011
I have tons of chunky applesauce in our freezer and always looking for recipes to use it up. This is a winner I used double the applesauce and added some cinnamon with the pumpkin pie spice. My hubby said to be sure and keep this recipe it was a home run. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/17/2003
The recipe itself is excellent altho I plumped the raisins in a saucepan with a little apple juice. Drain well before adding to batter. The icing tastes good but needs more milk to make it spreadable & also to cover the entire pan. I ended up adding about a treaspoon more milk....do it slowly maybe 1/2 teaspoon or less at a time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2008
32 servings? You're kidding right? My hubby's idea of a serving is two pieces of about 2x2 inches on top of each other! LOL!!! I wasn't so sure he'd like them but I wanted them. I did use butter instead of shortening of course--MUCH healthier no trans-fats! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2006
I had already tried the plain applesauce bars (same recipe as this one except it uses butter instead of shortening) from this site and I thought they would taste even better with nuts or raisins. They indeed do! We really enjoy these bars as an afternoon snack or even as a dessert! I also feel it's impossible to fail... I completely messed up the proportions the second time I made them and they still tasted great! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/07/2011
this was ok - nothing extraordinary. Read More
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