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Applesauce Spice Bars

Applesauce Spice Bars

I love fall, I really do, but for some reason I am having a hard time admitting it is here. I had a great summer and I am sad to see it go.

On Friday we went up to Park City for a church party and we noticed the leaves are already changing colors and it was quite chilly up there! I guess it is time to embrace fall and enjoy it.

For the party I made Dorie’s Applesauce Spice Bars…I figured this dessert would get everyone in the mood for fall! I was right, the bars were delicious and just tasted like “fall.” Apples, cinnamon, a brown sugar/vanilla glaze…YUM! The bars weren’t heavy, they were light, moist, and the glaze gave them a nice shine.

These are the perfect treat to take to a party. So great, I am submitting these to Susan’s Blogiversary Bash at Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy. Happy Blogiversary!! Thanks for hosting such a fun event.

Applesauce Spice Bars,
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan:Baking From My Home to Yours
For the bars:
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 baking apple, peeled, cored and finely diced
1/2 cup raisins
For the glaze:
2 1/2 Tb. heavy cream
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp. butter
1 tsp. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Butter and flour a 9×13 inch baking pan. Preheat the oven to 350.Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the brown sugar and stir until smooth. Remove from the heat.Still in the saucepan, whisk in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well until blended. Add the applesauce, vanilla until smooth. With a spatula, add the dry ingredients and then the apple and raisins, mix until combined.Scrape into the pan and bake 20 -25 minutes.
Let cool and prepare the glaze in the meantime.
In a saucepan, whisk the cream, sugar, butter and corn syrup over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and stir in the vanilla.
Remove the bars from the pan and set on a wire rack positioned on top of a sheet pan to catch the drips. Pour the glaze over the bars and let set, cut as desired.
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35 Responses to “Applesauce Spice Bars”

  1. Evan and Rebecca Jones — September 15, 2008 @ 8:35 am

    I love fall but have a hard time stomaching that snow is right around the corner…

  2. Candy — September 15, 2008 @ 8:42 am

    I love fall too, but it’s still 95 degrees here! This recipe looks great!

  3. Kathy Seed — September 15, 2008 @ 9:58 am

    Maria, your recipe looks absolutely SCRUMTIOUS! I can’t wait to try this one. Thanks again for finding all of the perfect recipes. Love you, Mom Kathy

  4. Usha — September 15, 2008 @ 10:02 am

    Your recipe sounds perfect…and since I am very much in the mood for baking these days…will give it a try soon :)

  5. Veronica — September 15, 2008 @ 10:21 am

    The fall is my favorite season, but today is a hot humid 80 in CT…grrr…I want to wear a sweater.

  6. Mary Ann — September 15, 2008 @ 10:22 am

    Yum, I have been wanting to try these and they look superb!

  7. The Blonde Duck — September 15, 2008 @ 10:37 am

    I’ve got to make those. It got down to 83 here so it feels like fall! Pathetic, I know, but you take what you can get!

  8. mikky — September 15, 2008 @ 10:42 am

    wow… fall… is it possible to love fall without ever experiencing it? :) lovely thing to bring… bet they all loved it…

  9. mikky — September 15, 2008 @ 10:53 am

    btw… i finally added you in my favorite reads… thanks :)

  10. Barbara Bakes — September 15, 2008 @ 11:12 am

    What a great recipe for fall. I’ll have to give it a try!

  11. The Caked Crusader — September 15, 2008 @ 11:52 am

    Apple and spice makes autumn nice! I’m drawn to so many recipes like this that I have to ration myself; personally, I’d be quite hapy making an apple cake every week! Your bars look delicious

  12. Pam — September 15, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

    The fall is my favorite time of year. It’s brisk, beautiful and the best time to cook in my opinion. This recipe looks delightful! The glaze looks mouth watering good.

  13. Bridgett — September 15, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

    I am sad to see summer go as well and it seemed to have gone by so fast this year. I love this recipe for the applesauce bars and am glad they turned out so well for you. I’m looking forward to more of your fall dish postings!

  14. Adam — September 15, 2008 @ 1:46 pm

    I was just looking at that recipe too :) I’m glad you liked it so much. I was teetering back and forth while thinking of what to do next. Thanks for trying it out for me, now I know it’s a keeper :)

  15. Natashya — September 15, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

    You can’t go wrong with Dorie!
    I love fall for the apples and the colours. These are perfect for the changing of seasons.

  16. Carmen Cooks — September 15, 2008 @ 3:52 pm

    ooh looks like a lovely recipe for fall – i remember seeing this recipe in the book and will have to try it out!

  17. Amber — September 15, 2008 @ 4:12 pm

    Congratulations on the Yummy Blog award fellow winner, do I say femmow (for female) if it is a girl? I love the crisp weather of fall, but summer is my favorite for food, probably because my grandparents farmed, and I prefer less clothes. But the birds getting ready for winter and the coming storms, I do love that also.

  18. ~Priscilla~ — September 15, 2008 @ 4:49 pm

    hi maria! thanks for stopping by my blog. i enjoyed going thru yours, and i know i will be making some of your recipes. i can’t wait to try out the alton brown pretzel recipe, i have been looking for a pretzel recipe. these bars look yummo, i don’t want fall to come really either.:)

  19. CECIL — September 15, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

    It absolutely look like a winner for perfect fall weather! With a cup of hot apple cider. Yum!

  20. Katie — September 15, 2008 @ 5:55 pm

    WHOA these look good! Starring this recipe!!

  21. Lisa magicsprinkles — September 15, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

    Ya know, a few days ago I wasn’t quite ready for fall, but with all these delicious autumnal delights popping up I just might be. These look delish. See you at the party!

  22. alexandra's kitchen — September 15, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

    Gosh, I really need to get a Dorie Greenspan cookbook. Every recipe of hers sounds/looks fabulous. These are perfect for fall!

  23. Tanya — September 16, 2008 @ 4:44 am


  24. Katherine Aucoin — September 16, 2008 @ 5:22 am

    I’m definitely in the fall state of mind. I think these would be a great topper for football game food.

  25. Maria — September 16, 2008 @ 5:59 am

    I love Fall, it’s my favourite time of year! These cake bars look absolutely delish.


  26. Grace — September 16, 2008 @ 6:31 am

    i’ve had this recipe on my desk for weeks and i think i’ve finally been inspired to make it–the glaze is the kicker for me. nice job. :)

  27. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy — September 16, 2008 @ 7:30 am

    Whoa! Your bars look scrumptious! Thank you so much for sending them over. They are perfect!

  28. hot garlic — September 18, 2008 @ 3:32 am


  29. Rosie — September 18, 2008 @ 10:42 am

    These cake bars look absolutely delicious and the fall is a lovely time of the year.

    Rosie x

  30. Green — September 5, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    I guess the chopped apple is at the same time as the raisins? The directions don’t say anything about it. Please clarify.

    • Two Peas replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

      You add the raisins last. See the recipe.

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  32. Fionavar — May 14, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

    How much is 1 stick? 1/2 cup or 1 cup, I can’t remember.

    • Two Peas replied: — May 14th, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

      1/2 cup!

  33. Felicia — September 4, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

    Hi there!

    Just curious- how long do these keep? I’d love to make them for a houseguest, but would have to do it a couple days before. Think I could at least make the bars and freeze them a couple days, then glaze the day of?


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