This week's TWD was chosen by Karen of Something Sweet by Karen: applesauce spice bars! These bars scream fall to me with their combination of apples and warm spices. I love summer but I can't wait for crisp fall days (football games, fall foods, the changing colors of the leaves, apple picking - I love it all!) so this recipe was a terrific reminder of all that is to come in just a few months!
I've been baking up a storm around here the past few days and I've got piles of dishes on my counter and in my sink to prove it so I was psyched that this recipe is put together almost entirely in one saucepan. There are all kinds of goodies in the bars - applesauce, diced apple, raisins, and pecans. The smell as they baked was intoxicating and made me eager to taste one but first I had to make the luscious brown sugar glaze - can't skip that, right? I started with a single batch of the glaze but it wasn't enough to cover the bars entirely so I whipped up a second batch and had the perfect amount. I didn't wait long at all to snack on one of the bars and I wasn't disappointed. It was cake-like and moist and so good! The glaze was amazing - very sweet, almost like caramel sitting on top of the bars - something I would definitely include again when I make these bars!