Apple Oatmeal Bar Cookies

1/2 c butter, softened ***            1 c packed brown sugar *** 2 1/2 c uncooked rolled oats *** 1 c all purpose flour *** 2 t ground cinnamon ***1 t vanilla extract *** 1/4 c applesauce *** 1 c walnuts, optional l —————————————————————————— Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the oats, flour, cinnamon and vanilla. Fold in applesauce and walnuts. Transfer mixture to lightly greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan and cut into squares.