Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
My son loves apple squares. I added some Craisins to the standard recipe and he loves it more now.
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 3⁄4 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups prepared applesauce
- 3⁄4 cup craisins
- Cream butter and brown sugar.
- Stir in oatmeal, flour and salt.
- Spread half oatmeal mixture in a 8" square glass pan.
- Spread applesauce evenly over oatmeal mixture.
- Sprinkle evenly with Craisins.
- Top with remainder of oatmeal mixture.
- Bake in preheated 350 oven for 30 minutes.
After reading the other review I decided to adjust the flour and oats. I used 1 cup oats and 1 1/4 cup flour and that still didn't help with the texture of these. The flour-oat mixture never did set. It stayed crumbly and fell apart when removing from the pan. Nothing like a bar. The flavor was very good though.
I was a little worried about the amount of flour and oats vs. the margarine and sugar, but I always hate to tamper with a recipe the first time I make it. This time I wish I had. The margarine/sugar/flour mixture mixes up kind of like sand, and it stays that way. Eating the finished product is like oats and applesauce mixed with sweet sand. At first I was going to suggest cutting down the amount of flour and oats, but then I realized that would be making it into essentially an apple crisp. In fact, rather than bars, it is more like an apple crisp with waaay too much flour. I did use my neighbor's homemade applesauce, which is very chunky, rather than canned applesauce, but I can't imagine that even canned sauce would absorb into the flour/oats mixture to make the texture acceptable on these. It sounded like a good idea, but--at least for me--it just didn't come out.