Sunday, December 5, 2010

Frosted Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

1/2 cup sugar ($.10)
2 T. brown sugar ($.05)
1/3 cup peanut butter ($.10)
2 tablespoons flour ($.05)
1 egg ($.08)
1 box (17-19 oz.) brownie mix ($.11)
Water, vegetable oil (or substitute equal amount of applesauce) and egg called for on brownie box ($.30)
2-3 T. Chopped peanuts, if desired ($.25)

Peanut Butter Frosting
2/3 cup vanilla frosting (from 16 oz container) ($.25)
1/3 cup peanut butter ($.10)
1 to 2 teaspoons milk ($.05)

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan).

Grease bottom only of 8" square pan.

In small bowl, beat sugar, 1/3 cup peanut butter, flour and 1 egg with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes; set aside. Make brownie batter as directed on box. Spread in pan. Drop peanut butter mixture by tablespoonfuls onto batter. Swirl through batter with knife.

Bake 38 to 42 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours.

In small bowl, stir all frosting ingredients, using spoon, until smooth and spreadable. Frost brownies, top with additional chopped peanuts, if desired.

Yields = 24 brownies
Cost: $1.44
Cost per brownie: $.06

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