Monday, October 22, 2012

Raisin Applesauce Bars & Caramel Frosting

These applesauce bars are incredibly easy and fast to make! By themselves, they are awesome for breakfast or a snack. The caramel frosting just takes it to a whole new level! I used the rest of some homemade applesauce and they were fantastic, but use what you have on hand. Yum!

Raisin Applesauce Bars & Caramel Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup applesauce
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup raisins

Caramel Frosting:

2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For bars, beat butter, brown sugar, and egg. Stir in applesauce. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Gradually stir flour mixture into applesauce mixture until well combined. Stir in raisins. Spread batter into greased 8x8 pan and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool.

For frosting, melt butter in saucepan. Mix in milk and brown sugar. Increase heat to medium. When mixture starts to boil, continue cooking for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, cool slightly, and beat in confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Add additional milk 1/2 tablespoon at a time to reach desired consistency. Spread over cooled bars, slice, and serve.

This post is part of the Iron Chef Mom Challenge, WOO HOO! 

Lemons For Lulu is hosting our challenge this week featuring, CARAMEL! Head on over to enter your favorite caramel recipe(s) and be sure to stop back and vote for your favorite this weekend (voting closes Sunday night)!

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  1. Mmmm these bars sound so good! They look so moist, and the frosting sounds delicious!!!

  2. Looks delicious! Especially the frosting!

  3. looks delicious!!!
    I would really love it if you linked up with Crafty Tuesday on

    I feature every week 3 projects and promote them through twitter,facebook and pinterest
    all the best, Ewa

  4. I love the caramel frosting idea -- yum!

  5. Found you via Classy Clutter...Definitely subscribing! Love the recipe!

  6. Hi,

    I'm hosting a COOKIE blog hop and would love you to join!


  7. Hi Kelly,
    What a perfect Fall Treat, sure wish I had one. Hope you had a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Those bars look AMAZING!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

  9. I love that I have all the stuff on hand for these bars! Pinned to try! Thanks you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

  10. Hi! Stopping in to invite you to join us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    The Chicken Chick

  11. My 5 year old would love these! He is a big fan of raisins :)

  12. Hey Kelly,
    This post will be featured tomorrow at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party for Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party 23. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It looks delicious.
    You will find it tomorrow at
    Thank you for sharing every week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  13. Visiting from the Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training, these look FANTASTIC!

  14. This sounds so good! Thank you for sharing at last week's week's All My Bloggy Friends :)



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