I'm sure you know how this goes…
"Mom, I need to bring a _______ to _______ tomorrow! Can we make something?"
Whenever this happens, I always think first to make brownies or bar cookies. They are easy to mix together, spread in the pan, bake and cut.
So I asked my daughter Sam what kind of bar cookie we should make. She suggested a snickerdoodle bar cookie! Hmm, I'd never thought of making snickerdoodles in bar form. Sounds like a delicious idea!
We found my Mom's old Snickerdoodle recipe and adjusted the amounts to fit a half-sheet rimmed baking sheet pan. To amplify the cinnamon flavor, we decided to add cinnamon chips. We sprinkled the dough with cinnamon sugar before they were baked to mimic how snicker doodle cookies are rolled in cinnamon sugar. They puffed up, coming precariously close to the edge of the pan, before they flattened out. We let them cool, then cut them into 48 squares. My tasting panel, Sam, her friend Grace and my other daughter Lauren, gave them a unanimous two thumbs up! We hope you will love them too!
I love the King Arthur Flour cinnamon chips. The ingredient list isn't a mile long with artificial flavors and colors. But, you have to mail order them (unless you're lucky enough to live near their VT store). I order them when they have a sale and freeze them. The Hershey's cinnamon chips are very handy as they are available at many grocery stores. I have used both.
Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Mix in the dry ingredients. Stir in the cinnamon chips.
Spread & Sprinkle:
Spread in pan and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Recipe: Cinnamon Chip Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars
Samantha and Christina Verrelli
3 cups + 3 tablespoons flour
3 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
10 ounces cinnamon chips
2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a rimmed half-sheet (17" x 12" x 1") baking pan.
Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
Gradually mix in flour mixture.
Stir in the cinnamon chips.
Spread in prepared pan and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the center is set.
Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into 48 squares.
Makes 4 dozen bars.