By the time I got around to taking a photo of these bars, there were hardly any left. And this wasn't surprising: This is a luscious yet homey recipe, not too time-consuming, and so spicy and moist! There's a brown butter glaze on top, too, which really doesn't hurt.
These bars are really simple to make. In fact, they are my favorite kind of baked good: One that doesn't require a mixer! The batter is cooked up in a saucepan, where you melt the butter and sugar, and then stir in the eggs and dry ingredients. You add apples, raisins, and pecans (I used chopped hazelnuts), then pour it all into a parchment-lined baking pan.
After baking you whisk up a brown-butter glaze, which, if you're inclined towards more-booze-is-better tendencies (I am) can include a little rum or brandy. Spread this on top, then enjoy the spicy autumn flavors of these chewy, tender, moist little bars. They're so easy and quick, and not too sweet. In fact, I admit that these did well for breakfast a few days running!
Get the recipe: Applesauce Spice Bars at Amazon
• Dorie Greenspan's weblog
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(Images: Faith Durand)