Moist and spicy bar cookies with frosting. An easy and quick after school snack. Also goes great at carry-ins and bake sales. You can also just sprinkle with confectioners sugar instead of frosting.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch pan
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

130 calories; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 22.5g; fat 4.2g; cholesterol 15.5mg; sodium 162.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2005
yum! what a tasty & wonderfully moist bar! i only made a few simple modifications such as substituting half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour & tossing a 1/2 c. golden raisins into the batter (just because). "pumpkin pie spice" isn't something i have in my pantry. instead i use the spices my grandmother put into her pumpkin pies: 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg & 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon. a couple more notes: i went with the flow & baked these in a 9 x 9" pan to get a thicker bar. mine were done in 30 minutes. lastly, i skipped the frosting & sprinkled mine with confectioner's sugar. these bars have enough flavor to stand on their own. thank you debbi! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/22/2011
This is not a 'bar' but rather a spice cake. If baked in a smaller pan, then it gets to also look like a cake; if baked in a 9x13 pan it's still a cake, but too thin. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2005
yum! what a tasty & wonderfully moist bar! i only made a few simple modifications such as substituting half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour & tossing a 1/2 c. golden raisins into the batter (just because). "pumpkin pie spice" isn't something i have in my pantry. instead i use the spices my grandmother put into her pumpkin pies: 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg & 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon. a couple more notes: i went with the flow & baked these in a 9 x 9" pan to get a thicker bar. mine were done in 30 minutes. lastly, i skipped the frosting & sprinkled mine with confectioner's sugar. these bars have enough flavor to stand on their own. thank you debbi! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2003
I JUST MADE THIS AND IT TURNED OUT GREAT. I TOO USED AN 8X8 PAN AND BAKED FOR 20 MINUTES. I WAS ALSO OUT OF PUMPKIN PIE SPICE SO I USED A LITTLE ALLSPICE, NUTMEG AND CINNAMON. IT IS DELICIOUS. I ALSO ADDED SOME BROWN SUGAR TO THE ICING, FROSTED THE CAKE WHILE WARM, AND CUT MYSELF A SLICE. GOOD!! MY 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AND ONE YEAR OLD SON LOVED IT AS WELL. THANKS FOR THIS SIMPLE RECIPE. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2003
These are sooooooo good. I substituted a homemade cream cheese icing instead and spread it on right after baking. It gave it a glazed affect. They were gone in a matter of minutes! (icing: cream cheese, butter, vanilla, powdered sugar... yum) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This recipe is FANTASTIC!!!! So easy to make. Delicious. Suprisingly low in calories too (although it is hard to eat just one!!)!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
These were delicious and so easy to make! I followed the directions exactly the first time. Next time I might try adding raisins and drizzling the frosting instead of spreading it. The bars come out just moist enough not wet like some applesauce bars. This will be a regular snack cake in our home! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2008
Outstanding! I doubled the recipe per earlier reviews and it needed to be baked for 45 minutes. I don't use compound spices like pumpkin pie spice so I incorporated 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp ground allspice and 1/2 tsp ground cloves. I wanted to make them easy to pack in a lunch so when I removed the baked bars from the oven I turned on the broiler and poured a mixture of 1/4 cup (half a stick) of melted butter 1/2 cup packed of brown sugar and 2 Tb milk over the top and broiled until the topping was bubbly. The result was nice and spicy plus wonderfully moist with a slightly crunchy top. My son couldn't wait until they were cool and cut himself 3 huge bars devouring them immediately. This one's a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
These were amazing--didn't last 24 hours! They taste like carrot cake without all the work. I added about 2 tsp. light brown sugar to the frosting to give it a touch of caramel. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
yummy! I added raisins and they turned out great! very moist! I will definitely make these again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
OMG these were Awesome!!!! very moist and just the right amount of spice and sweetness. easy to make too! I did cheat and used half a tub of store bought cream cheese frosting, melted that and drizzled on top. YUMMMMM will definalty be a regular in our house! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/22/2011
This is not a 'bar' but rather a spice cake. If baked in a smaller pan, then it gets to also look like a cake; if baked in a 9x13 pan it's still a cake, but too thin. Read More
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