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Applesauce Pecan Brownies
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Old Fashioned Applesauce Pecan Brownie Recipe

This Old Fashioned Applesauce Pecan Brownie recipe makes deliciously light, chocolatey brownies you will find hard to resist!
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Keyword brownies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 brownies
Author adapted from The Betty Crocker Cooky Book


  • ½ cup unsalted butter You can use salted butter if you prefer
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate
  • ¾ cup granulated or caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup smooth applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour All purpose flour is known as plain flour in the UK
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup pecans roughly chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C or 165° for fan ovens, gas mark 4).
  • Lightly grease a 9 x 9 x 1¾ inch (23 x 23 x 5 cm) square baking pan.
  • Heat the butter and chocolate together in a saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly, until the two ingredients melt together.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sugar, applesauce and vanilla. Then stir in the beaten eggs.
  • Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt together and stir into the mixture in the saucepan.
  • Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth, then stir in the chopped pecans.
  • Spread the batter in the pan, smoothing the top.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top springs back when touched lightly.
  • Cool completely (or for as long as you can resist) before cutting and serving. The brownies do slice better the closer they are to room temperature.
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