Cheap Eats: Chocolate Peanut Butter Scones

Here at The Billfold, we love cheap and easy recipes. Here’s a cheap and easy recipe for scones by reader Selena Hoy.

Do you buy a pastry at the coffee shop on your way to work because you skipped breakfast and you need to get through the day and you DESERVE it, dammit? Yeah. Make a whole batch of scones for less than it would cost to buy one from the display case.

Ingredients
• 2 cups flour
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 6 tablespoons margarine
• 1/2 cup chocolate peanut butter candy (or sub in your fave mix-in — I love dried cranberries or candied ginger)
• 2/3 cup soy milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit (220 degrees celsius). Combine the first four ingredients. Cut in the margarine with a pastry blender, or a couple of knives (I love my pastry blender, I got it at the 100 yen store, and it’s been working fine for years). Cut open the bag of peanut butter chocolate candy that you left in your car and is now melted into a big lump but that you can’t throw away because, chocolate! Chop the lump into bite sized pieces and toss with the flour mixture. Add the soy milk and vanilla, if using (I used vanilla soy milk, and omitted the vanilla). Mix until ingredients are combined — they may be a bit dry but should be able to be gathered into a ball. Squeeze the dough a few times to make sure it’s really sticking together, then form into a thick round. Score into wedges — I made eight. Drizzle a bit of soy milk on top, then sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 20–25 minutes, until golden brown.

If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t want to share or eat them all in one sitting (who ARE you?), then these freeze nicely and can be popped in the toaster oven for a few minutes for a beautiful fresh treat. A week’s worth of breakfast!

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