Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle Blondies – Everything you love about snickerdoodles with no fuss.
One of the things I love best about mentoring young women in my congregation at church (I specifically work with 16-18 year old girls these days) is that when we get together for weekly activities, I often have the chance to bring treats. Opportunity to try new recipes + a group of willing taste-testers + not having boatloads of treats at home to eat by myself = best ever. These brown sugar snickerdoodle blondie cookie bars were my latest experiment.
I’ll be honest, I’m usually kind of disappointed in snickerdoodles. They often come out dry or don’t have enough flavor for me. Not these babies. They were everything good about snickerdoodles amplified by the addition of brown sugar, a tender, soft texture, and a delicious cinnamon-sugar topping.
Michael described these as a cross between a snickerdoodle and a coffee cake. I thought that was a pretty apt description. These were soft, and, while definitely still cookie bars, the topping was almost like coffee cake topping (in the very best way).
If you ever doubted it was fall… pop a batch of these babies in your oven and you’ll know for sure. In only a few minutes, your house will smell like cinnamon-y heaven.Print
For the blondies:
- 1c butter, softened
- 2c brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 2/3c flour
- For Cinnamon-Sugar Topping:
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, incoporating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla and beat until smooth.
- Add baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour to the butter/sugar mixture and stir until just combined. Pour batter into a lightly greased 9×13″ baking dish (I recommend also lining it with parchment paper for easier cutting later). Batter will be quite thick. Spread with a spatula and/or pat down with lightly wet fingertips.
- In a small bowl, combine cinnamon-sugar topping ingredients together. Sprinkle evenly over the cookie batter.
- Bake cookie bars at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until cookies are just set in the middle. (The top will have slight resistance when gently pressed) Cool completely before cutting into 20-24 bars.