It’s pretty tough to go wrong with a Snickerdoodle dessert. Buttery and soft, with a top dressing of cinnamon-sugar –what’s not to love? Homemade Snickerdoodle Bars are not only easier to make than they’re cookie counterpart, they’re a guaranteed crowd-pleaser everyone will swoon for. And, if you’re looking to make the absolute best homemade Snickerdoodle Bars — you’re in the right place.
Today, we’ll discuss just how easy it is to make homemade Snickerdoodle Blondies from scratch, why bar cookies take the cake when it comes to easy desserts, a foolproof method for determining when your blondies are done (and how to keep from over-baking them), plus, simple storage and freezing tips for your Snickerdoodle Bars!
BAR COOKIES TAKE THE CAKE WHEN IT COMES TO “EASY”
As it turns out, Blondies and Snickerdoodle Cookies have quite a bit in common, and it only makes sense that the two would eventually come together to make one spectacular dessert — Snickerdoodle Bars.
Snickerdoodles are buttery and soft by nature, spruced up with a topping of cinnamon sugar. Freshly baked, they fill the air with the sweet scents of vanilla and cinnamon. Blondies, like the Snickerdoodle, are also buttery, soft, and chewy, with vanilla being their main flavor profile.
Both are made up of a very simple dough, but I have to say, when it comes to “easy,” Blondies take the cake. While there is nothing difficult about homemade Snickerdoodle Cookies, there is that whole pesky scooping and rolling thing. When it comes to Snickerdoodle Bars, however, we get to completely eliminate this step. Yes, please.
HOW TO MAKE SNICKERDOODLE BARS
The dough for these Snickerdoodle Bars comes together in less than 15 minutes. There is no creaming, chilling, or scooping involved. Just an easy process of combining a few simple ingredients and getting them into the oven. The hardest part will be waiting for them to cool.
The ingredients are as simple as the method, with a short list of only the essentials.
WHY NO BROWN SUGAR?
These Snickerdoodle Bars mimic the flavor of a Snickerdoodle cookie. As mentioned earlier, the base of these cookie bars is essentially made up of a blondie batter. Most blondie recipes call for brown sugar alone or brown sugar in addition to granulated sugar. Brown sugar gives blondies a depth of flavor, with an almost butterscotch-like quality. However, this is not the flavor profile of a Snickerdoodle, so that just won’t do here.
Therefore, this recipe calls for only granulated sugar and omits the use of brown sugar completely. Using granulated sugar alone allows the cinnamon topping to shine, and also enables the Snickerdoodle Blondies to copycat the texture of a Snickerdoodle cookie. They’re soft, buttery, chewy, and completely divine.
SNICKERDOODLE BARS | QUICK RECIPE OVERVIEW
- Mix cinnamon and sugar for topping.
- Whisk together dry ingredients — flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- Mix wet ingredients — melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and mix.
- Transfer to baking dish, and sprinkle with topping.
- Bake and cool.
There isn’t much more satisfying than sinking your teeth into one of these perfectly baked, soft and chewy Snickerdoodle Bars. So, we’ll want to take every measure to make sure they actually stay soft and chewy.
Overbaking blondies will detract from their soft, buttery nature. Below, are a few helpful tips to prevent this from happening.
HOW TO KNOW WHEN YOUR BLONDIES ARE DONE
When your blondies are done, the edges will be tinged with golden-brown. If you need a little more to go on, grab yourself a toothpick or cake tester. Bon Appetite put it perfectly when it comes to testing the doneness of bar cookies.
The toothpick test should produce a few errant crumbs stuck to the tester but not a smooth smear of batter.
With most bar cookie recipes, you can use your finger to determine the doneness. However, in the case of Snickerdoodle Bars, I would advise against this as the cinnamon-sugar layer on top will be piping hot.
PROPERLY STORING YOUR SNICKERDOODLE BARS
Once your Snickerdoodle Bars have baked and cooled, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature and they will stay fresh for 4-5 days.
If you’d like to preserve your bars farther out than this, simply place them in a snug, freezer-safe, airtight container for up to 2 months.
With few ingredients, no scooping, rolling, or electronics required, these Snickerdoodle Blondies are a seriously easy dessert to make and perfect for baking at home with the kids. They also make a well-received contribution to any potluck gathering and are wonderful for food gifts.
In fact, my daughters’ teachers were smitten with these Snickerdoodle bars, and the same goes for my entire family. They’ve become a regularly requested treat in our home, and are sure to be one in yours as well. A tried-and-true sweet absolutely everyone will adore. Please, enjoy!
5 MORE COOKIE BAR RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
- Butter Pecan Blondies are made rich and nutty with brown butter and topped off with a Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. Perfect for potluck parties and holiday gatherings!
- Butterfinger Peanut Butter Blondies feature blondies decked out with peanut butter, crushed Butterfinger candy, and a drizzle of dark chocolate!
- Egg Hunt Blondies are the cutest Easter dessert ever made up of chewy blondies topped with a buttercream icing and M&M candies! Includes tips for piping on icing to look like grass for an Easter egg hunt.
- Homemade Blueberry Bars are simple and easy to make, and perfect for mornings on the go, brunches, snack-time, and more!
- Classic Chocolate Brownies are better homemade! Soft, chewy, and loaded with big chocolate flavor, this brownie recipe is guaranteed to be the best you’ve ever had!
A quick and easy recipe for Snickerdoodle Bars featuring a homemade blondie dough and a cinnamon-sugar Snickerdoodle topping.
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted (about 10 tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350° and have ready a greased 8"x8" baking dish.
In a small bowl, stir together the topping -- 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and a 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Set aside until ready to use.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside until ready to use.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together melted butter, 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, egg, egg yolk, and extract until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix with a sturdy spoon until the dough comes together. Do not overmix.
Transfer the dough to the baking dish and spread evenly from edge to edge. Sprinkle the topping over the dough and bake for 22-24 minutes.
Cool for 15-20 minutes. Serve and enjoy.
10 MORE SNICKERDOODLE RECIPES TO TRY
- Classic Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies are thick, super soft cookies with big cinnamon flavor and a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture!
- Snickerdoodle Scones are easy to make and feature a buttery, miniature snickerdoodle-style scone with a dusting of sparkling cinnamon-sugar on top.
- Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow consists of a base of Chex cereal with powdered sugar and candy melts (or chocolate) along with other flavorings. If you love Snickerdoodle flavors, this is a great spin on a classic!
- Maple Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Homemade Maple Frosting are an Autumn inspired snickerdoodle cupcake featuring a homemade maple frosting with popular fall flavors like cinnamon and brown sugar.
- Orange-Ginger Snickerdoodles are made with fresh orange juice and zest, grated ginger, and cinnamon. They’re tender and perfectly crumbly, and are rolled in just the right amount of cinnamon sugar!
- Chocolate Turtle Snickerdoodle Bars are a fun twist on the classic Snickerdoodle bar, with a topping of caramel, chocolate, and pecans!
- Snickerdoodle Mug Cake is a perfect quick fix for those who just can’t wait to get a mouthful of Snickerdoodle!
- Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles — where peanut butter cookie meets Snickerdoodle!
- Cinnamon Cream Cheese Cookies are essentially Snickerdoodle cookies with the addition of tangy cream cheese to keep them moist and tender!
- Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies are the ultimate fall indulgence! These sweet little treats are filled with fall flavors and super easy to make.