Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Maple Brown Sugar Bars with Walnuts

1 pkg. classic white cake mix ($.35 after coupons)
2 eggs, minus 1 yolk ($.15)
1/4 C. unsweetened applesauce ($.20)
4 T. maple syrup ($.15)
1/8 C. coffee creamer, vanilla flavored ($.15)
1/2 C. brown sugar ($.10)
1 tsp. maple extract ($.10)
1/2 C. walnuts, roughly chopped ($.35)

4 oz. cream cheese, light ($.35 after coupons)
1/4 tsp. maple extract ($.05)
1/8 C. brown sugar ($.05)

Preheat oven to 375.
Grease a 13x9" baking dish.

Mix well cake mix, eggs, brown sugar, applesauce, syrup, coffee creamer, and extract until well combined. Spread evenly into bottom on prepared baking dish - mixture will be very thick. Top with walnuts.

Bake for 24-27 minutes.
Cool completely. Combine cream cheese with brown sugar and maple extract. Frost bars and top with additional walnuts, if desired. Cut and serve.

Yield: 24 bars
Cost: $2.00
Cost per bar: $.09

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