New & Improved Recipe!! 3/28/19
(Plus an easy recipe to make your own Cinnamon Baking Chips!)
I’ve been wanting to update this recipe for a while – I’m super excited about the new version!! – the new Cinnamon Chip Snickerdoodle Bars were a hit with everyone who tasted them! They bake up in your standard 13 x 9 x 2 – inch pan and I added a little drizzle of glaze to dress them up! The taste is even better than the original recipe!
Here’s How the Recipe Started:
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 started with my Mom’s yellowed and torn Snicker Doodles Recipe Card…
My Mom’s “Snicker Doodles” Recipe Card:
Updates in Italics: We found my Mom’s old Snickerdoodle recipe and adjusted the amounts to fit a
half-sheet rimmed baking sheet 13 x 9 x 2″ baking pan. To amplify the cinnamon flavor, we decided to add cinnamon chips. We divided the dough, spread half in the pan, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and dolloped on the rest of the dough 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. (Now the batter amount is adjusted and fits perfectly in a 13 x 9 x 2″ pan!) We let them cool, then cut them into 48 24 squares. My tasting panel, Sam, her friend Grace and my other daughter Lauren, gave them a unanimous two thumbs up! They make a great dessert and are delicious with your morning coffee too! We hope you will love them too!
I’ve tried 3 Different types of Cinnamon Chips in this Recipe:
Cinnamon Chip Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars
Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough
- 2 3/4 cups flour (364g)
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar (6g)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (5g)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (4g) I use coarse kosher
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup cinnamon chips see note
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar (2 tablespoons sugar + 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan or spray with non-stick spray. If desired fit pan with a parchment or foil sling and spray that too. (helps with easy removal and cutting of bars once cool)
- Whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
- Cream together butter and sugar in large mixing bowl until fluffy and lighter in color. I use a hand or stand mixer and cream for several minutes. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, and mix until combined.
- Gradually add in flour mixture.
- Stir in the cinnamon chips.
- Spread two-thirds of the cookie dough in prepared pan. I find it easiest to do this with a greased spatula or greased fingers as the dough is sticky. Then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Add the rest of the dough in dollops on top of the cinnamon sugar
- Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until set and slightly golden brown.
- Cool about 10 minutes in pan on wire rack.
- While bars are cooling, whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk. Add more milk to reach desired texture.
- Drizzle glaze over still warm bars. Cool completely in pan. (If using sling, lift cooled bars to cutting board) and cut into 24 squares.
I've tried 3 Different types of Cinnamon Chips in this Recipe:
- Homemade Cinnamon Baking Chips! (link to recipe in article or search "cinnamon chips" on my website, epicuricloud.com) So easy & delicious! Why haven't I made these sooner! Try stirring some in your bowl of oatmeal!
- King Arthur Flour had discontinued their long favorite mini cinnamon chips. The new Cinnamon Sweet Bits are the replacement - They are very good. I have some stashed in the freezer. I do like the ingredient list on these cinnamon bits (real cinnamon!)
- The Hershey's Cinnamon Chips are very handy as they are available at many grocery stores.