Classic Applesauce Spice Bars

Classic Applesauce Spice Bars

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A beautifully moist and perfectly spiced bar. It will disappear fast at any get together!



For the Classic Applesauce Spice Bars:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce (1 15 ounce jar or can)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raisins or golden raisins

For the Frosting:

  • 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional, for garnish


For the Bars:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until lightened in color and fluffy. Add egg and mix in on low.

Mix together dry ingredients, the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and nutmeg.

Add 1/3 of the flour muxture and mix in, then 1/2 applesauce, then 1/3 flour mixture, then remaining applesauce. End by mixing in the last of the flour muxture.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and level. Bake 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, the bars bounce back when lightly touched and/or the edges have begun to slightly pull away from the pan.. Cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:

Combine the powdered sugar, sour cream, butter and vanilla in a bowl. Starting out slowly in the center of the bowl, beat until smooth on medium speed, scraping as needed. If the powdered sugar has lumps, sift it first.

Frost the cooled bars and if desired, sprinkle with pecans.

Keywords: Apple, Applesauce, Brownies & Bars, Desserts, Fruit Desserts, Pecans, Raisins

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