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Applesauce Bars

Course: Desserts
Author: Kristi



  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice (optional, if you don't have it in your cupboard)*

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8 inch baking pan.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 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!