2 cups mini semisweet chocolate chips, divided, 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar, 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened, 2 eggs, 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups applesauce, 1 1/2 t. vanilla, 1 t. baking soda, 1 t. baking powder, 1/2 t. salt, 1 T. shortening (do not use butter, margarine or spread or oil).
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 5 (5-1/2" x 3") mini loaf pans. Place 1 cup chocolate chips in small microwave bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute; stir. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until chocolate is melted and smooth; set aside.
2. Beat brown sugar and butter in large bowl until creamy. Add melted chocolate and eggs; beat until well blended. Add flour,applesauce, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and salt; beat until well blended. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans.
3. Bake 35 - 40 minutes or until centers crack and are dry to the touch. Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
4. Place remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips and shortening in small microwaveable bowl. Microwave at high 1 minute; stir. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Drizzle loaves with glaze; let stand until set. Makes 5 mini loaves. Wrap each loaf in plastic wrap to keep fresh and refrigerate. Can freeze for later use.