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Applesauce Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting


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  • Bars:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (feel free to substitute up to half with whole wheat flour)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 and 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • Frosting:
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbls. butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 About 3 cups of powdered sugar (or more or less to taste



Step 1

For the bars: In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Stir in eggs, applesauce, and oil until combined. Spread into an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan (like a cookie sheet in rim or jelly roll pan). Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely, then spread with cream cheese frosting.

Frosting: In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese and butter until very soft and thoroughly mixed. Stir in vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar, stirring well after each addition. Spread on cooled bars.


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