Treats: applesauce date bars

Yield: 24 Bars

Measure Ingredient
¼ cup Unsalted butter, softened
½ cup Packed brown sugar
1 \N Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1½ cup All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon Baking powder
½ teaspoon Baking soda
¼ teaspoon Ground nutmeg
\N pinch Ground cloves
\N pinch Salt
¾ cup Dates, chopped
1 cup Applesauce
½ cup Icing sugar
2 teaspoons Orange juice

TOPPING

In bowl, beat butter with sugar; beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves and salt; stir in dates. Fold flour mixture into butter mixture alternately with applesauce [use unsweetened applesauce for best flavour.], making 3 additions of dry and 2 of applesauce.

Spread in greased 8-inch square cake pan; Bake in 350F 180C oven for 30 minutes or until tester inserted into centre comes out clean. Let cool completely on rack.

Topping: In small bowl, whisk together icing sugar and orange juice; drizzle over cake. Cut into bars.

[Bars can be covered and stored in refrigerator for up to 4 days or frozen in airtight container for up to 1 month.] 24 bars for $3.85 CDN [Apr 95] Per bar: about 85 calories, 1 g protein, 2 g fat, 15 g carbohydrate

Source: Canadian Living magazine, Apr 95 Presented in article by Daphna Rabinovitch: "Bars & Squares: blissful Bites" [-=PAM=-] PA_Meadows@...

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