TWD: Applesauce Spice Bars

Say hello to entry #276 in the “Not Much To Look At But Darn Tasty” category of desserts: Dorie’s Applesauce Spice Bars.

I wasn’t head-over-heels about making this recipe, since it seems very autumn-ish and it’s still only August. More fresh berry desserts, please! However, the day after I made this, we had a beautiful overcast morning in my fair city, with cooler temperatures and a cloudy sky until after 12. Do you think this means I can now control the weather through my baking? *evil raised eyebrow*

And once again, my skepticism was misplaced, because these “bars” were great! (Don’t let the name fool you, though–I thought they were much closer to an apple cake than any sort of bar. But still, apple cake! Yum!) I halved the recipe but kept the full amount of spices and frosting, so it had a great flavor and a generous topping. And OF COURSE I omitted the raisins. [See ya in hell, shriveled grapes corpses!] All in all, a great pick by Karen, and a great way to start what I hope will be a long, long fall season. Now off to summon a rainstorm with pumpkin bread…

18 Responses to TWD: Applesauce Spice Bars
  1. Megan says:

    Shriveled grape corpse?

    Ba ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!! Wait until I tell my husband that line – he despises raisins, too.

  2. Kim says:

    I loved your post. I put the raisins in because my husband likes them. Not my favorite.

  3. Katrina says:

    I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who thought these were hard to photograph nicely, although yours look good. I didn't care for the raisins in this cake while I generally do like an oatmeal raisin cookie and such.
    You are too funny about the grapes corpses!

  4. Hillary says:

    I do so love your passion for despising raisins, which I fully enjoy, but can still see how others would find them, well, heinous, I guess. And I particularly like your theory of weather control. It's supposed to be around 100 degrees in ill-equipped-for-heat-Eugene today, so I'm kind of wishing I had those kind of powers today.

  5. Maria says:

    I made these last fall and loved them!

  6. Jason says:

    I hope some of this deliciousness (and the candy goodness) is still around when I return. Mmmmm.

  7. Leslie says:

    I am SO relieved to see not even you could make these look glam! And I'm glad you could summon up a cloudy day by baking them.

  8. TeaLady says:

    shriveled grape corpses. HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    They look good.

    If you can control the weather, make something Christmasy!!! Maybe it will get cool outside.

  9. vibi says:

    You seem to have more caramel on top, than anyone else!

    …It's your house I'm going to!

  10. shaz says:

    Cracking up at the shrivelled grape corpses-we call them "flies" in our house, and sometimes I accidentally eat them.

    Fantastic looking bars, wish I could taste them (hmm..maybe if I lick the screen?)

  11. jillbert says:

    Be careful with your weather-control powers! This may not be beautiful, but it looks tasty with the chunks of apple and plenty of glaze.

  12. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says:

    A nice thick layer of caramel on top.. I like!!! And hahah I lovve raisins, but I couldm't help but laugh at the shrivelled grape corpses!!

  13. myfamousrecipe says:

    I wasn't ready for a fall-like dessert either, but once these were baking, I changed my mind. That layer of glaze on top of yours looks so enticing.

  14. somethingsweetbykaren says:

    your post made me laugh. these were super hard to photograph i thought!!! and i had a thought about not being ready for fall either when i was baking in 90 degree weather! i'm glad you liked them though.

  15. pinkstripes says:

    Your bars look yummy!

  16. isa says:

    What a beautiful thick layer of caramel on top!
    Yours look absolutely delicious! Great job!

  17. Jules Someone says:

    I skipped the glaze I'm beginning to think I shouldn't have.

  18. lasinthekitchen says:

    You are SOO funny with the shriveld grapes corpses line!!
    Your bars look awesome, especially your glaze! The glaze looks like caramel and not runny at all.
    (Thank you for your encouraging comment – I really appreciate it!)

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