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Makeover Peanut Butter Bars

 Makeover Peanut Butter Bars
Lighter in calories and fat, these ooey-gooey peanut butter bars are still family favorites. Try them and you'll see why! —Lori Stevens, Riverton, Utah
36 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups reduced-fat creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • FROSTING:
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream 1 cup peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and
  • sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well
  • after each addition. Beat in applesauce and vanilla. Combine the
  • flour, oats and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and
  • mix well (batter will be thick).
  • Spread into a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking

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Directions (continued)

  • spray. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes; spread with remaining peanut
  • butter. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, beat frosting ingredients until light and fluffy.
  • Spread over the peanut butter layer. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 237 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 165 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.