This recipe is a subtle version of apple crisp or oatmeal cookies. This recipe isn't too sweet or too bland. It's great as an after school snack or just something to munch on after dinner. It's super quick!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
36 servings
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 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). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the oats, flour, cinnamon, and vanilla. Fold in the applesauce and walnuts. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan.

  • Bake 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool in pan, and cut into squares.

Nutrition Facts

103 calories; protein 1.6g; carbohydrates 13.2g; fat 5.1g; cholesterol 6.8mg; sodium 20.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (67)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2009
This is my new favorite bar recipe. I used whole wheat flour raisins instead of walnuts and doubled the applesauce (unsweetened). So yummy! Read More
(38)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/19/2008
This recipe is good, but it needs an egg to bind it and a half-teaspoon or so of salt. Adding the salt will cure the "bland" flavor other reviewers have complained of. I also added chocolate chips. Read More
(49)
69 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 3 stars
08/19/2008
This recipe is good, but it needs an egg to bind it and a half-teaspoon or so of salt. Adding the salt will cure the "bland" flavor other reviewers have complained of. I also added chocolate chips. Read More
(49)
Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2009
This is my new favorite bar recipe. I used whole wheat flour raisins instead of walnuts and doubled the applesauce (unsweetened). So yummy! Read More
(38)
Rating: 4 stars
09/01/2004
Pan size too small?? Are we making the same recipe? The first time I made this recipe I followed it to the "t" and it worked out great. I think the butter has to be creamed thoroughly or you might run into problems with the dry ingredients. The kids really enjoyed it so I made it again and this time, I stirred in raisins and chocolate chips. Even better! A great after school snack. Very much like a gronola bar so I cut the bars bigger. I think this is going to be a great recipe to add different ingredients and experiment with the flavors. Read More
(18)
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Rating: 2 stars
08/20/2004
We weren't impressed with the Apple Oatmeal cookie bars. Not enough flavor and the pan size is too small. Maybe with chopped apples it would be better! Read More
(12)
Rating: 3 stars
03/18/2008
These were ok. Kinda bland and I actually added some cinnamon sugar on top. I did make this without the nuts. I am looking for something similar to those new 'Oatmeal-to-go' bars so this didn't really fit the bill for that. Read More
(9)
Rating: 2 stars
04/26/2010
I added an egg and increased the applesauce to 1 c simply to bind the ingredients together. Without this change I would be baking a pan full of crumbles. Read More
(8)
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Rating: 1 stars
07/09/2010
Sorry but these just absolutely did not work. I don't usually read reviews before making something unless the average score is low and I want to find out why. But I printed this off a long long time ago and didn't even know until I got into the middle of it that there was a problem. What I got of this was just a very dry "bowl of crumbles" as someone put it. I see people referring to them as being like a granola bar. Perhaps this is how granola bars would be made and if I judged it based on that I might feel differently. However there's two issues with that. One is that they are called bar cookies not granola bars. I wasn't looking to make granola bars. Two is that I first noticed a problem when it said to add the vanilla. I looked in the bowl at what was a lot of dry stuff and realized there was no way I could add vanilla to that which is when I realized that something just seemed wrong and came and checked the reviews. OK great. With the advice of some other people I added more applesauce to get some moisture and an egg to help bind it. It at least did stick together instead of crumbling but were still kinda dry and just not much flavor. They were edible and I did eat some. (Maybe I should dump the pic since that isn't really the way the recipe is.) Read More
(8)
Rating: 1 stars
06/28/2005
Unsatisfying. Blah. A mouthful to chew and dry. Sorry! Really think it needs egg. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2008
This is a mild semi-sweet cookie. I received compliments both at home and playgroup. Will add this to my favorites. Read More
(4)
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