Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fall Recipes ~ Apple Bars

I found this recipe on allrecipes and it caught my attention because it was low-fat.  They turned out very moist and everyone loved them.  I added a chopped apple, but the original recipe did not call for that.  These were so good I think the next time I make them I'll omit the frosting.  The bars come out pretty thin, so if you want a thicker bar, use a smaller pan.   Enjoy  ♥

Apple Bars

1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup applesauce
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I used a combo of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves)
1 apple peeled and chopped  (I used a golden delicous)

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons margarine, melted
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in applesauce. Combine the 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 in the preheated oven, or until edges are golden. Cool in the pan over a wire rack.

In a small bowl, mix together the confectioners' sugar and margarine. Stir in vanilla and milk until smooth. Spread over cooled bars before cutting into squares.