Applesauce Bars
Recipe type: Desserts
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Pumpkin Pie Spice (optional, if you don't have it in your cupboard)*
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8 inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in applesauce. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice; stir into the applesauce mixture until well blended. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In a small bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in vanilla, then slowly mix in the confectioners' sugar. Spread over cooled bars before cutting into squares.
*I've provided the ingredients for the pumpkin pie spice that I used, in the event you don't have Pumpkin Pie Spice in your pantry. You don't need both - just use one or the other!
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