Makeover Chocolate Layer Bars
Total TimePrep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- CREAMY LAYER:
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup reduced-fat butter, softened
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 tablespoons fat-free milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter, cubed
- 1/3 cup fat-free milk
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa
- 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, applesauce and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, cocoa and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
- Pour into a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- For creamy layer, in a small bowl, beat the butters, confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Spread over top of cake.
- For frosting, in a small heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, milk and cocoa. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; stir in chocolate chips until melted.
- With a hand mixer, beat frosting for 2-4 minutes or until thickened. Gently spread over the top. Store in the refrigerator.
Editor's NoteThis recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 175 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 94mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.
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Feb 3, 2013
Diabetic friendly???? Around 30 carbs in one piece?? Not only is this not friendly to a diabetic, it could be dangerous w/ all this sugar.
Nov 10, 2012
Agree - 40 servings. Must be very small servings. Whoever posted picture shoul show the actual serving size as well as give actual dimensions of serving.
Apr 4, 2009
40 servings? give me a break, that's crazy, no one will cut them that small. I too had trouble with the layers, will try the suggestion.
Jan 5, 2009
I too had problems with the layers but then I started putting the whole pan in the fridge after adding the white layer and letting it get good and cold. Then I quickly add the chocolate layer on top and spread that VERY fast. Back in the fridge. Comes out.
Dec 12, 2008
This is delicious but I always have trouble with the white and chocolate layer so I started swirling the two on the top. It's easier and it looks pretty also.
Sep 17, 2008
It doesn't mention cooling the chocolate frosting at all, and when I put it on top, it seemed to work at first, then it heated the creamy layer and it all slid off the sides of my poor cake!