Applesauce Spice Bars

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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 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. allspice
¼ tsp. salt
1 stick butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 baking apple, peeled, cored and finely diced
½ cup raisins
For the glaze:
2 ½ Tb. heavy cream
⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
2 ½ tsp. butter
1 tsp. light corn syrup
½ 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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. wow… fall… is it possible to love fall without ever experiencing it? 🙂 lovely thing to bring… bet they all loved it…

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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 🙂

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.:)

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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. 🙂

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

  16. 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?