1/2 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. applesauce (you can use 1 pack of those single serving applesauce containers)
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. white sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. salt
1 c. of your choice of mix-ins (mini marshmallows, chopped candy bars (Snickers, York peppermint patties, Reese’s peanut butter cups, etc.), chopped nuts, dried fruit, chopped caramels, etc.) OR you can just use 1 c. semisweet chocolate chips for plain chocolate brownies
***OR for cheesecake brownies follow directions through pouring batter into pan (using 1 c. semisweet chips as mix-in) then beat together 1 package softened cream cheese (8 oz.), 1 egg, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, and 1/2 c. sugar. Swirl over top of brownies and bake as instructed in recipe.***
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
Mix together the butter, applesauce, vanilla, brown sugar, and white sugar until blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined.
Stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Gradually mix into sugar mixture until blended. Stir in your choice of mix-ins (for this recipe I used Reese’s peanut butter cups). Spread evenly into baking pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove pan from oven and cool on wire rack. Cut brownies, serve, and enjoy!
Serve the brownies however you want (on a platter, in a bowl with ice cream, on a plate with a fancy garnish, etc.). For the photos I used a Reese’s peanut butter cup brownie with vanilla ice cream. Try not to eat them all in one sitting