Adirondack Applesauce and Date Bars

Prep time 60 minutes       Cook time 20 - 30 minutes       Serves 16 persons


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1½ cups all-purpose flour1 tsp. baking soda½ tsp. baking powder½ tsp. ground cinnamon½ tsp. ground cloves½ tsp. ground nutmeg½ cup butter½ cup granulated sugar1 large egg1 cup chunky applesauce1 cup chopped pitted dates⅓ cup chopped pecans or walnuts1 tsp. vanilla extractNon-stick cooking spray2 tsp. powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg in medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Beat butter and granulated sugar in large bowl of electric mixer until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until well blended. Add applesauce, dates and nuts mixing until blended. Gradually mix in flour mixture until well combined.
  4. Spray a 9-inch x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

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