Applesauce Spice Bars

READY IN: 1hr 55mins
YIELD: 32 bars




  • Position oven rack in center; preheat oven to 350°; butter a 13 x 9 inch baking pan, line bottom with parchment paper, butter the paper and dust the inside of the pan with flour; tap out the excess flour and put the pan on a baking sheet.
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt together.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat; add in the brown sugar and stir with a whisk until it is melted and the mixture is smooth, about 1 minute; remove pan from the heat.
  • Still working in the saucepan, whisk in the eggs one at a time, mixing until they are blended.
  • Add in the applesauce, vanilla, and applejack; whisk until the ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is once again smooth.
  • Switch to a rubber spatula and gently stir in the dry ingredients, mixing only until they disappear, then mix in the apple, raisins and nuts.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
  • Bake for 23-25 minutes or until the bars just start to pull away from the sides of the pan and a knife comes out clean.
  • Transfer the baking pan to a rack and let cake cool while you make the glaze.
  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the cream, sugar, butter, and corn syrup; put pan over medium heat and bring mixture to a boil, whisking frequently.
  • Adjust the heat so the glaze simmer, and cook, whisking frequently for 5 minutes; remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Turn the bars out onto a rack, remove the paper and invert the bars onto another rack, so they are right side up.
  • Slide the parchment paper under the rack to serve as a drip catcher.
  • Grab a long metal icing spatula and pour the hot glaze over the bars, using the spatula to spread it evenly over the cake.
  • Let them cool to room temperature before you cut them.
  • Cut into 32 rectangles, each about 2 ¼ x 1 ½ inches.