Applesauce Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

These Applesauce Bars are the best and moistest bars you’ll ever make, topped with a delectable Cream Cheese Frosting that will make them a favorite in your home.

Today’s Question Is: What Is Your Favorite Fall Recipe?

It’s hereeeee!!!!!  My answer to the question: The best recipe I’ve ever used applesauce in.  Bar none.

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Plus, because I love my readers, I have a Bonus Tip for iMac users on how to close all open Finder windows @ once!  Keep reading for the share!

You guysssss…..I seriously could’ve eaten this entire cake by myself.

These Applesauce Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are sssooo soft, sssooo moist, and sssooo flavorful, they literally melt-in-your-mouth as you’re eating them.

And, that Cream Cheese Frosting?  Well, I’m sorry, but you’re going to want to wear it, it’s so good.

Applesauce Bars | Inspiration KitchenLook how moist these are!  It makes me want to sink my teeth into them right there on the screen!  🙂

Maybe it’s the moist, melt-in-your mouth flavor of the Cinnamon Applesauce, the irresistible pumpkin pie spices or the rich, decadent, full-on flavor of the Cream Cheese Frosting on top that has a bit to do with that. 🙂

Applesauce Bars Collage | Inspiration KitchenIt no matteh!…if the taste is sssooo phenomenal that you want to eat the whole thing in one sitting, I won’t judge.

In fact, we’ll probably be in a fork-fight to see who gets the last bite!  🙂

Applesauce Bars | Inspiration KitchenOne little thing…you do not have to do this, but… it’s disclosure time.  This particular recipe was made with this homemade Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce.  So, your mileage may vary if you use store bought.  Just sayin’.  Make the Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce first for a sure win!

Bonus Tip ~ Quick Key to Close ALL Open Finder Windows on iMac:

If you’re like me and have TONS of Finder Windows open on your iMac, you can close them ALL at the same time by pressing Command+Option+W on your keyboard.

Mind blown.  🙂


Applesauce Bars
Recipe type: Desserts
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Pumpkin Pie Spice (optional, if you don't have it in your cupboard)*
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8 inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in applesauce. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice; stir into the applesauce mixture until well blended. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In a small bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in vanilla, then slowly mix in the confectioners' sugar. Spread over cooled bars before cutting into squares.
*I've provided the ingredients for the pumpkin pie spice that I used, in the event you don't have Pumpkin Pie Spice in your pantry. You don't need both - just use one or the other!

Recipe modified from All Recipes @ Applesauce Bars.  Frosting recipe modified from all Recipes @ Cream Cheese Frosting II.


    • says

      Thanks Johlene ~ these are my new favorite dessert! And, I’m glad you like the pumpkin pie spice recipe… I sometimes forget that everyone doesn’t have the same spices we do! 🙂

    • says

      Hahaha! I read the “Will you share?” comment Sarah, and I have to admit, I paused for a minute. I guess I like these bars better than I thought ~ because I love to share my food, but this one took me a minute. Yes! Yes, I’ll share! Thanks for the pin darling! Have a great week!

  1. says

    every fall my favorite thing to do is apple picking at orchards! well kristi you are really getting me itching to go now although it’s hard to find one in SoCal! this looks so so delicious! and love the frosting -more butter less sugar yay!!

    • says

      Yes to Apple Orchards! Luckily, I just need to step out to my one tree ~ but an orchard would be fun. I could try something other than Granny Smith’s for a change! Have a great day Ananda!

  2. says

    Wow girl, these look amazing – I’ll take that whole batch please 🙂 They look so soft and moist and I just smell the warm spices through my screen! And that cream cheese frosting??? I just want to dive right in and plant my face into those creamy clouds of heaven! Pinned 🙂

    • says

      Thanks Thalia! I hope you love it as much as we did. It seriously became our favorite dessert. It was sssooo moist with the applesauce! Have a beautiful week, my friend!

    • says

      Thanks for the pin Gayle. This is definitely a recipe I wished I’d made a triple batch! Hahaha! Probably a good thing I didn’t since I would’ve eaten it all myself. 🙂

    • says

      Since we’re the same person, you lurve the Slow Cooker. Say it until you mean it!!! Repeat after me – I lurve my Slow Cooker! 🙂 You will love this Lindsey. Hugs!!! And, have a beautiful weekend. So wish you were spending next weekend with me at IFBC!!!

  3. Lindsay says

    This looks absolutely divine, and was the perfect excuse to use some of the apple-pearsauce I made yesterday… soooooo the cake is currently in the oven. 😀 However, I had a question- the cream cheese appears to be missing from the ingredient list for the frosting? How much should I use? Can’t wait to taste the result!!

    • says

      Gah! Lindsay, thanks for pointing out the omission in the recipe! So so so sorry about that! I just corrected it, so the post is correct now. I hope you love this cake as much as we did. Thanks again for your help! Have a beautiful weekend!

    • says

      Thanks Kristine! I just picked several pounds of apples today. I wish I could give them to you to make the applesauce and these bars. I have one little apple tree that only knows one word – GIVING!!! Hahahah! Have a great day!

  4. Elizabeth @ says

    Oh my word, these look phenomenal. I’m not a fan of subbing applesauce in place of butter in other desserts, but when applesauce is the main star, it can be so amazing. I can’t wait to give these bars a try!
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    • says

      Thanks Lisa! Let me know how they turn out. I’m always up for trying new things and I haven’t yet gotten into the gluten-free cooking – although I know I should!

  5. says

    Come to mama! These look sooooo good Kristi! I love that you paired the applesauce base with that cream cheese frosting … you’re making me want one for breakfast!

    • says

      Hahaha! I love that (a love/hate relationship with eating whole cakes}! That cream cheese frosting – I swear, I could eat that by itself, but the Applesauce Bars are amazing too. Gahhhhh! To many choices! 🙂

  6. says

    Oh, girlfriend! These are spectacular! I’ve been a bit out of the loop lately (and totally missing you and your blog!), and as I started reading through your recent posts to see what I’d missed … well … THIS! THIS gorgeous, decadent, yes-I-want-to-sink-my-teeth-into-my-screen bars of wonderfulness! Totally pinning … totally wishing you’d FedEx me some (instantaneously! 😀 ).
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  7. says

    I’m planning to make this for a potluck, and I’m going to make it with my most recent batch of crockpot applesauce! I see that you used homemade applesauce as well! It looks delicious. I wonder if it would taste good with reduced-fat cream cheese; I’ve never used it.
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    • says

      Hi Memoria! Most times, when I make these for my family, I do use reduced fat cream cheese because we are eating the entire pan. 🙂 When I make it for guests though, I do make it with regular cream cheese. I would say if you are using reduced-fat cream cheese for the first time, I wouldn’t use it for guests, until you know whether you can tell there’s a flavor difference. Personally, I don’t notice it! But, that’s just my opinion – go with your gut! You will love this recipe – especially if you’ve made your own crockpot applesauce! I know you will love it. These are sssooo moist, and with the cream cheese, they’re absolutely decadent! Have a wonderful time @ your potluck, and come back and let me know what everyone thinks of the Applesauce Bars!

  8. says

    It is is the oven as we speak! even made the applesauce from our abundant apple tree. Cooked on low overnight and it was perfect in the morning. Not sure what type of apples we have but it’s a blend of a few types. Got out my apple peeler/corer/slicer and made quick work of sevral pounds of apples.
    Will update when ready!

    • says

      Yeah!!! I’m super excited Erica! You will love these Applesauce Bars. They were so moist and flavorful, so I know they’re going to be great. And, I love that you used your own applesauce from your trees! How cool is that? Let me know how you like them! 🙂

    • Erica says

      Delicious! I ate half the batch when it came out. Mine were definitely more of a cake and less of a bar which was fine by me. Frosting is a must!! Thanks!

      • says

        I’m so glad you loved them Erica! I ate half of them when they came out too. And you’re right – that frosting is fabulous! Have a great week!

  9. Susan says

    I tried these this weekend. Mine were also made with homemade applesauce, but with no cinnamon. So I upped the cinnamon in the bar receipe. I also had chunky applesauce.

    They were, in a word, DIVINE, and I think may rival my family’s other fall favorite, pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9 x 13 pan. Worked beautifully. Took them to work or woe is me! Totally addictive, not kidding. I can’t decide if I am just a hard-core fall-a-holic or if anything with cream cheese frosting is just over the moon for me.

  10. Susan says

    These are WONDERFUL. I have been an avid baker for 50 years but always like to try new fall recipes (especially). These may be my new favorite, surpassing even pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting or pumpkin crunch cake. I, too, used homemade applesauce, but with no spices or cinnamon, just a mix of apples, water and some apple juice. So I added a bit more spices in the cake. I’ve also doubled it for a 9 x 13 pan to take to events. Huge hit. Definitely a KEEPER. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  11. says

    I am glad this recipe only makes a small amount! I made these for Sunday brunch – we have a special something every Sunday, and these bars were “it” this week. Something tells me they might be “it” next week, too! Quick, easy and ingredients you probably have on hand. I mixed batter by hand and used hand mixer for frosting so not a lot of clean up. I licked the frosting bowl so it was a really quick clean up! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  12. says

    I’ve made these bars twice in the past two weeks – once for brunch and once for an after dinner treat. They are so easy to stir together by hand and take no time to bake. 8×8 is the perfect size for my household. Delicious with or without the frosting. My other half has to count carbs, so I often offer him a dollop of frosting on the side. He LOVES them plain. I used Apple Pie Spice the second time instead of Pumpkin Spice – not a lot of difference; just as yummy.

    Thank you for sharing, and thank you for being clear with the instructions.

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