If you’ve read my blog for a hot second, you might already understand my obsession with chocolate. If this brownie, or this cake, or this cookie didn’t give it away, you might need to be here a little more often. Just sayin’.
I’ve finally found my exception: Cranberry Applesauce Cookie Bars.
One of the best wedding gifts I received was from my Mother-In-Law: the Better Homes & Garden Cook Book. It is chock full of recipes that have saved my cooking duties and I’ve stumbled across a sweet treat or two as well. One of them being a version of these bars. I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit to suit my tastes and I hope you like them as much as I do!
1 c. flour
1 c. quick oats
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. applesauce
2/3 c. dried cranerries
1/3 c. white chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender (or rubber spatula like I did) until it resembles coarse crumbles. Reserve 1 cup of the crumb mixture; press the remaining mix into the bottom of a greased 9 in. x 9 in. pan. My sweet girl insisted on having a picture taken of her “piggies” while I was making these and I had to share it. 🙂
In a separate bowl, mix cranberries, applesauce, white chocolate chips, and cinnamon. Spoon on top of the pressed crumb mixture and spread evenly. Shake the reserved crumb mixture over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Can I make a recommendation? You should totally eat these warm with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream. Seriously yum!
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