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Friday, March 4, 2011

Applesauce Bars

When the Food Floozie posted her recipe for these Applesauce Bars, I couldn't stop thinking about them.  For some reason, that morning, as I was browsing through some of my favorite sites, I was way more hungry then usual.  When I pulled her site up, I don't know what it was about it, but my mouth started watering and my belly started yelling "We want one of those...go get one of those!!!"  Alas, Mary does not live close enough for me to just "pop in" AND even though these bars don't take a lot of time, I didn't have all the ingredients... GRRRRR!!  So, I guzzled some more coffee, hoping that would fool my stomach, but no such luck.  On my way to work and all the way up until lunch time, I couldn't stop thinking about how much I wanted one of those bars!!!  Funny how a simple post about tasty applesauce bars can make you become an obsessive freak!!

Unfortunately, this all transpired on a Tuesday, so I had to wait ALL week long before I actually got a chance to make these.  The best part...they were well wroth the wait!!  Oh, don't get me wrong, I would have loved to have had them that day (and the next and the next and the next....) but to be at home and to be able to really enjoy them, savor them.. instead of shoving them in my mouth as I'm heading out the door... Priceless!!

I changed only a few little things when I made these:  I used apple butter instead of apple jelly (but Mary confirmed that this was not a make or break ingredient in the bars and you could leave it out all together), I used all-purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour, and I topped mine with dark chocolate chips.  Why?  Why not???

Thanks Mary!  These were the BOMB!!!

Applesauce Bars
Slightly adapted from the Food Floozie
Printable Recipe 
2/3 cup softened butter (I used unsalted)
1/4 cup oil (I used vegetable oil)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup applesauce
3 Tablespoons apple butter
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup apple flavored instant oatmeal
1/4 - 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease an 8x8-inch baking dish.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, oil, sugar and brown sugar; mix in the egg and the salt.  Slowly mix in the flour.  Press 2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
Combine the applesauce, jelly, and cinnamon in a small bowl; spread over the base.

Stir the oatmeal and the chocolate chips in the remaining batter; spread over the applesauce layer (I actually sort of just crumbled mine up).

Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.  Cool before cutting into bars (though I thought they were the best still slightly warm!!).  Enjoy!


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Michael Toa said...

I'm sure those bars were worth the wait. They look fantastic Jenn. And yes, 'why not' to chocolate! I like your attempt of fooling your stomach with coffee.. :)

Mom said...

Like daughter, like mother! I've GOT to make these & probably won't be able to until the weekend!!! My waist thanks you...NOT!

Yenta Mary said...

Oh, the addition of chocolate (why not, indeed!) was inspired! Now I'M having a craving ... :)

Design Wine and Dine said...

These look so good! Nice addition of the chocolate chips! I too have read many a blog post that sticks in my mind like glue until I break down and have to have!!!!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Jenn you are an evil temptress!!! These look so GOOD! Mmm apples and baked goodness, whats not to love :) The good news is I have everything I need to make these. The bad news is that I have everything I need to make these :)

Roxan said...

The reaction you got when you saw these on food floozie... I'm totally getting that right now! This looks SO good. I want some. Now.

Pam said...

Mmmm. They look fantastic!

Mary said...

These really look fantastic. I have everything I need to make these, so I know what my church ladies are going to have with their coffee on Monday morning. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) said...

Jenn, these applesauce bars look delicious! I bet they would be so great to have on a hike or a picnic... You've got me envisioning spring and summer now! Wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend!

Angie's Recipes said...

Jenn, I love those applesauce bars with chocolate chips! They look so good!

Jennifurla said...

they look perfect to bite right into, I love layered things

Meaghan Luby said...

yummmm, applesauce! thanks for sharing! love it :)

Cheeseboy said...

Well, I was a little hesitant before I saw the end photo. Now, yes please.

Cranberry Morning said...

I need one NOW! thanks for reminding me of these bars. It would be a great treat today. :-)

Mom said...

Well, the weekend has come & gone & so have the Applesauce Bars! They were delicious and so easy to put together! Another homerun, Jenn!