Applesauce Cookie Bars

Apple Bars with Cream Cheese Icing


  • 1/2 cup shortening

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 beaten egg

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1 tsp. cloves

  • 2 tsp. soda

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Cream together the shortening and sugar in a large mixing bowl.Add the beaten egg, vanilla and applesauce mixing well. In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients stirring together well. Add these dry ingredients to wet mixture stirring until thoroughly mixed.Spread cookie bar mixture evenly in a greased and floured 10x15” pan.Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 25 minutes.Cool bars prior to frosting.


  • 1 - 8 oz. package softened cream cheese

  • 5 Tbsp. softened butter

  • 2 tsp. vanilla

  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together with an electric mixer. Gradually add the powdered sugar about 1/2 cup at a time stirring between each addition until you achieve the desired frosting consistency. Frost the cooled applesauce cookie bars, cut into squares, and store in the refrigerator.

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