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Fudgy Peanut Butter Brownies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


20 brownies

No one believes these fudgy brownies—with a hint of peanut butter—are actually low-fat. They're so full of flavor, they'll satisfy anyone's chocolate cravings.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water


  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa and salt. Stir in the applesauce, egg substitute and vanilla. Pour half of the batter into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the filling ingredients until smooth. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto batter. Spoon remaining batter over the top; cut through batter with a knife to swirl peanut butter mixture.
  3. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until edges are firm and center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients until smooth. Spread over brownies.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 201 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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