Whenever I want to make bars, I will try to only make half the recipe. That is, if I remember. Then, I won’t be tempted to eat the whole entire 9 X 13 pan of them. That would be bad. HA
I tried as best as I could to lighten these up. Whenever a recipe calls for butter like a muffin or cake, I will try and use 1/2 the applesauce and 1/2 the butter the recipe calls for. When it’s a crumble topping or used for a crust it’s kind of hard to come up with a sub. It just doesn’t taste the same without butter. Being that this is a Paula Deen recipe, it calls for 3 sticks of butter. I got away with only using a 1 1/2 sticks.
Ben really loved these. I had made these on Friday afternoon and had a wedding to go to on Friday night. Before, I left, I told him try not to eat half of the pan. This morning he said he wanted so bad to eat the whole entire pan, because they were so good. He’s not a big fan of cheesecake, but he will eat cream cheese if it’s in the form of a bar. Weird…. I loved these too.
Ingredients from Paula Deen, but recipe found at The Girl Who Ate Everything
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. I like to really combine it by using my clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture.