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September 24, 2013

Stress Relief: Applesauce Bars

Pella —

1/4 c butter, softened
2/3 c brown sugar
1 egg
1 c applesauce
1/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 c wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c craisins
1/2 c chopped, walnuts
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1 1/2 c confectioners' sugar
3 Tbsp margarine, melted
1 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in applesauce.

Combine the flours, baking soda, salt and spices; stir into the applesauce mixture until well blended. Stir in Craisins.

Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes (check at 20 minutes with a wooden pick) in the preheated oven, or until edges are golden. Cool in the pan over a wire rack.

In a small bowl, mix together the confectioners' sugar and margarine. Stir in vanilla and milk until smooth.

Spread over cooled bars, sprinkle with chopped walnuts before cutting into squares.

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