Applesauce Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

October 3, 2012

in Brownies & Bars, Dessert, Recipes

With fall comes my Auntie Sandra’s Applesauce Bars. These are one of my favorites. I truly don’t think an apple desert gets better than this. These bars are delicious, moist, sweet and perfect for fall.

I wanted to make these – HAD to make these and only had Apple Strawberry sauce on hand. Verdict – you couldn’t even taste a different. Still so good!

Applesauce Bars


  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • sprinkle cloves


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 pan.

In mixer blend the applesauce, sugar, butter and egg.

In seperate bowl whisk together the reaminder of the ingredients. Flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves.

Slowly add dry ingredients to mixer. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed.

Pour into pan. The layer may seem thin but it rises so no worries.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Let them cool before frosting.

And here is a close up of the cream cheese frosting. Again these are SO Good!!! My aunt does a Brown Butter Icing – which I have been loving Brown Butter lately…but I had a craving for cream cheese frosting. Looks like I will just have to whip up another batch to show you the Brown Butter Icing too :-)

Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 4oz cream cheese (softenend)
  • 1/4 cup butter (softenend)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine cream cheese and butter in a mixer - KitchenAid - blend together until light and fluffy.

Add in powdered sugar and vanilla and blend on low speed until well combined.

Then increase speed to medium and whip until smooth and fluffy.

frosting recipe from Cooking Classy


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

amy donovan (@amy_donovan) October 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

YUM! love that you used cream cheese frosting -brown butter sounds good, too, but this looks even better to me!


anotherbiteplease October 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

It was soooooo good.


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction October 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

Oh, I like the idea of using strawberry applesauce!


anotherbiteplease October 8, 2012 at 8:51 am

I was just happy they still tasted so good since that was the only kind of applesauce i had!


alex October 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

These are to die for…from auntie sandras daughter


anotherbiteplease October 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

:-) they are aren’t they…so happy your momma shared the recipe with me!


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