Brown Sugar Iced Applesauce Bars

Course : Bars
Serves: 60 bars
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1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter -- softened
2 cups thick and chunky applesauce
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup raisins
1 package chopped walnuts -- (4 oz.---1 cup)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Preparation / Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350. In large mixer bowl combine sugar and butter. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). Add applesauce, egg and vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). 2. Reduce speed to low. Add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Beat until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). By hand, stir in raisins and walnuts. 3. Pour into greased 15x10x1 inch jellyroll pan. Bake for 24 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. 4. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan melt butter; stir in brown sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil (3 to 5 minutes). Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Carefully stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. 5. Beat, with wire whisk, gradually adding powdered sugar until mixture is smooth (2 to 3 minutes). Frost cooled bars immediately; cut into bars. TIP: It is important to work quickly when frosting the bars; if frosting becomes too thick, add 1 to 2 tablespoons milk.


Nutritional Information:

104 Calories (kcal); 5g Total Fat; (42% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 15g Carbohydrate; 14mg Cholesterol; 106mg Sodium

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