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Most processed foods are not frugal.  Generally speaking, the more preparation a food has before it is packaged, the higher the price.  However, it is thrift friendly to buy brownie mixes when they go on sale.  Mixes are fast and easy to make, and the cost is similar to many homemade recipes.  You can make your boxed brownies taste more interesting by using flavored water with the recipe, frosting them, or adding ingredients like chocolate chips. 

If you want your brownies to have the consistency of cake, add more water.  If you want them to be more like fudge, add a tablespoon of corn syrup.

If you want to make your brownies very sweet, frost them.  Mint frosting tastes wonderful on brownies.  You can even add a layer of regular chocolate frosting on top of the mint frosting. Brownies become gourmet by just adding 1 cup of chocolate chips

Stock up on brownie mixes when they go on sale.  They are a frugal purchase.


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Frugal footnotes:

Here are a couple good frugal brownie recipes.


Homemade Brownies


2 1/2 squares unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 chopped nuts (optional)

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat on the stove.  Add the sugar and eggs, beating after each addition.

Add the flour baking soda and salt.  Beat well.  Add nuts, if desired.

Put the mix in a 9x13 inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


Cream Cheese Brownies


1 German chocolate cake mix
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg white
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Mix the cake, per the instruction on the box.  Spread the batter in a large cookie pan sheet. 

Mix the cream cheese with the sugar and egg white.  Spoon over the cake batter, and gently spread with a knife. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.







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