Top 5 Cheap Snacks To Save Money

Something I hear WAY TOO MUCH in my house – “What’s for snack?”  Even from two teenage boys and sometimes a husband. It’s always a good idea to have snacks on hand for your family but sometimes those store-bought snacks can be pricey.  I have a few ideas and recipes for some great snacks to save money.

Cheap Cookie Recipe

Making cookies from scratch is so much cheaper than buying cookies.  A package of tasty, chewy chocolate chip cookies with 24 (small) cookies in a box is close to $3.  I  can buy a bag of chocolate chip cookies and make three to four times that amount.  Using the Penny Pincher way, I double the recipe yet only use one bag of chocolate chips.  Shhh…don’t tell the boys.  They have no idea!!!

To save even more money, I make snickerdoodles.  These cookies happen to be a favorite.  I am going to make some today as the weather is pretty crummy.  I will include a photo!!  Any favorite cookie will do.

Recipe:

  • 1 cup unsalted, room temperature butter
  • 1 and 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In a large bowl using a mixer, cream butter until smooth and add sugar until fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla
  • In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cream of tartar
  • Mix the wet and dry together
  • Spoon dough onto cookie sheet
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
  • Bake for 11-12 minutes or until cookies are slightly brown around the edges
  • Granola Bars

Frugal Granola Bar Recipe

Granola bars are also very inexpensive.  You can add whatever you want to these snacks; nuts, dried fruit or seeds.   Add some chocolate or butterscotch chips, and they become a sweet treat!

Recipe:

  • 2 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2 cups uncooked oats
  • 1/2 raisins or chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 nut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  • Combine first three ingredients in a large bowl
  • Heat nut butter, brown sugar, and syrup in saucepan pan until nut butter is melted
  • Add vanilla
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients
  • Press firmly into a 9 x 13 pan and let cool completely before slicing into bars

 

Budget Brownie Recipe

Brownies…Oh.  My.  Gosh.  I JUST started making brownies from scratch about a year ago. For some reason, the idea really intimidated me!  I am not really even sure why but I faced my fears and never looked back!!  I have never tasted anything so decadent as these brownies in my life!

Recipe:

  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 c butter melted, then cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Sift dry ingredients
  • Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly
  • In a medium bowl, beat two eggs with the vanilla
  • Add in and gently stir dry ingredients
  • Pour the melted butter into brownie mixture and mix until just blended. Spread batter in a greased 8 x 8 square pan and bake for 20-22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Thrifty Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Chocolate pudding…from SCRATCH?  Heck yeah – AND – in the microwave!!!  Could it be any easier?!?

Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla

Directions:

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa, and cornstarch
  • Whisk in milk a little at a time to avoid lumps
  • Place in microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high, stir
  • Cook at one minute intervals stirring after each minute for 3 more minutes or until shiny and thick
  • Serve cold

Simple Snack Cake Recipe

Banana Snack Cake is essentially banana bread baked in an 8 x 8 pan and cut into square pieces.  You could top with a vanilla frosting if you wanted the added sugar or add chocolate chips.  It is funny when you make banana bread and then call it a “snack cake,” it seems to be much more interesting!!  You can do this to any of your favorite quick bread recipes; pumpkin, apple, zucchini.  The possibilities are ENDLESS!

Recipe:

  • 3-4 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • With a wooden spoon, mix butter into mashed bananas in a large bowl
  • Mix in sugar, egg, and vanilla
  • Sprinkle baking soda and salt over the wet ingredients and mix well
  • Add flour.
  • Pour into greased baking dish and bake for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

 

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