Spicy ginger, warm applesauce, and cinnamon sticks. What do all these delectable tastes have in common? Fall, of course! These delicious Apple Spice Bars contain all of those autumnal flavors.
While they are really a bar cookie, they are so light and fluffy, you may find yourself eating them as a snack, or even breakfast (I’m guilty!).
While they’re perfectly satisfying on their own, it’s easy to jazz up your Apple Spice Bars with a drizzle of caramel sauce. That definitely takes them into the dessert realm. However you make them, you’ll be SO happy you did!
You know what’s even better about this recipe? Every ingredient goes in the same bowl! Which means only 1 dish to wash. That’s a beautiful thing. It also means prep time is about 5 minutes, so you can whip these up from start to finish in under 30 minutes – perfect for those mornings when you forget it’s your turn to bring snack/contribute to the bake sale/bring the birthday treat. It’s not just me who forgets those things, right??
Apple Spice Bars
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp molasses
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ginger
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup applesauce
- 4 tbsp butter, softened
- 1 egg
- ½ cup raisins (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350°.
- Mix all ingredients in one large bowl.
- In a greased 8"x8" baking pan, spread the batter.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a fork comes out clean.
- When cooled, cut into 2" x 1" bars, and serve warm.
- Optionally, you could drizzle these with caramel sauce or even frost them with cream cheese frosting.
I personally think they are tasty plain, plus I don’t want my kids to think EVERYTHING has to have frosting. But these are perfect dressed up or down, depending on your tastes.