Friday, October 8, 2010

Stress Relief: Applesauce Bars



Ha, the reason this is named stress relief is because my 16 year old daughter (Randi) came home yesterday from a tough day at school.



Peer Pressure (absolutely stinks)!!



Talking to me about what happened through tears, and feeling a little better after the conversation, she headed to the kitchen.



Pots banging, bowls clanging she created these scrumptious applesauce bars from my chicken-scratch recipe.



Look what a little stress can do....


Do you ever have cravings where you have to have a certain food right here, right now?



That is exactly what happened with this Mott's applesauce.



I was craving applesauce so bad, I went to the store, bought a jar, satisfied my craving, and now it just sits in my frig.



Well, I decided to put it to good use in this recipe I found.





I am a huge recipe sniffer....



The definition of recipe sniffer is: A person that locates a recipe, studies it, crosses off ingredients, adds ingredients, and makes the recipe taste to their approval.



As you can see in the picture above, that is exactly what I did.



I know exactly how I want these applesauce bars to taste.






Applesauce Bars



1/4 c. butter, soft

2/3 c. brown sugar

1 egg

1 c. applesauce

1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 c. wheat flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 c. Ocean Spray Craisins

1/2 c. chopped walnuts



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.



In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in the applesauce. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices; stir into applesauce mixture until well blended. Stir in craisins. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.



Bake for 25 minutes (mine was done sooner), I would check the bars at 20 minutes with a wooden pick.



For the frosting, Randi used the recipe from the pumpkin cupcakes http://alilcountrysugar.blogspot.com/2010/10/pumpkin-cupcakes.html.

She put just a thin layer of frosting on the top. She didn't want to take away from the applesauce bar flavors. She then sprinkled with 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (did you know walnuts are a stress reliever?).

No wonder Randi made this recipe.... She was stressed-out.

The frosting recipe makes a lot, so you better have a box of graham crackers on stand-by.

Don't tell her I said this, but I hope she gets stressed-out more often....these bars are AMAZING!!

Good Luck~Happy Eating~Enjoy

1 comment:

  1. They look mouth-watering and I want a bite NOW! Love the frosting and nuts too! I'm going to 'pin' this one and make it soon. SO glad you shared...and so glad Randi can relieve stress in the kitchen too. Blessings to you both! XOXO

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