Dad's Zucchini Brownies

½ cup applesauce

1-1/2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons bourbon or vanilla

1 cup white flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

½ cup cocoa

1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups shredded zucchini

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

3/4 cup high quality chocolate chips (Ghirardelli)

Frosting:

6 tablespoons cocoa

¼ cup butter

2 cups powdered sugar

¼ cup milk

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch pan.  Toast the walnuts:  place the chopped walnuts in a non-stick sauté pan over medium high heat.  Toast until walnuts are lightly browned and fragrant.  In a large mixing bowl, mix the applesauce, sugar, and vanilla until blended.  In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Combine the flour mixture and sugar mixture (mixture will be dry). Fold in the zucchini, chocolate chips, and nuts.  Spread in the prepared pan.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until tests done.  Cool.  Frosting: Beat the butter and cocoa together.  Beat in the milk.  Beat in the powdered sugar.  Frost the cooled cake.  From Tom Diedrich (received by fellow subscriber Ellie Giebler)

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