These Snickerdoodle Bars are your favorite cookie in bar form! Incredibly soft and chewy without all the fuss. The bars are coated in the beloved cinnamon/sugar mixture and come together quickly so you can enjoy them as soon as possible.
Let’s have some dessert, shall we? I think these snickerdoodle bars will do just fine to quell the sweet tooth. These bars are incredibly soft and tender, just like your favorite snickerdoodle cookie. They are everything you could ever want, hope and dream for in a dessert. These mouthwatering bars are blanketed with a cinnamon sugar mixture and yield a soft and chewy interior. A dessert that comes together reasonably quickly with ingredients you most likely already have on hand. If needed, cut the recipe in half to and bake in a 9×9-inch pan to make a smaller amount. Trust me though, you’ll want to make the whole pan.
What you’ll need
- all-purpose flour- I always use King Arthur
- cinnamon- make sure you have plenty as you will be coating the pan with it too
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar- I used light brown, but dark brown will do in a pinch
- baking soda
- cream of tartar- this is a must for authentic snickerdoodle
- salt- I always use coarse kosher salt, but any you have on hand will do
- eggs- I always large
- butter- make sure it’s unsalted so you can control the salt levels
- vanilla- make sure you always use vanilla extract, not imitation flavor
Time to make the Snickerdoodle Bars
First, you’ll beat together the butter and both sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer, or with a hand held mixer, until nice and creamy. Beating the butter and sugars together in the beginning help the mixture become light and fluffy. If you over beat the mixture with the eggs in it, it can make your dessert become flat.
Next, the eggs and vanilla extract are mixed in just until creamy again.
The dry ingredients are whisked together and then mixed into the butter mixture until combined.
Then, in a separate bowl, whisk together cinnamon and sugar to coat the the baking pan for the bars. Gently press the batter into the pan and sprinkled with more cinnamon/sugar. Lastly, bake the bars to perfection! It’s best to resist the urge to cut into them before they have cooled. If you can.
That’s it! These bake in about 35 minutes and take less than 10 to put together. Perfection.
Notes & tidbits
Please, please please don’t over bake!! If you know your oven runs hot, then start checking the bars around 20 minutes of cooking. They will still be soft, which you want, and a toothpick inserted in the center should still have some clinging crumbs.
The dough is sticky, so dampen your fingers to press the dough into the pan, dampening more as necessary to prevent sticking.
Other bar desserts you’ll love
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 whole large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
For the topping and coating
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan well. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and creamy on medium-high speed, about 2 minutes. Mix in the eggs, yolks and vanilla extract and beat just until creamy again, about 1 minute.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar.
- With the mixer on low speed, mix in the flour mixture just until combined and no dry streaks remain.
- In a small bowl, make the topping by whisking together the granulated sugar and cinnamon. Remove 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a separate little bowl. With the remaining mixture, coat the greased baking pan with the cinnamon/sugar mixture, knocking out any excess.
- Using a rubber spatula and/or damp fingers, press the dough evenly into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle the reserved 2 tablespoons of cinnamon/sugar over the top of the dough.
- Place the pan into the preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few clinging crumbs. The dough will still be soft.
- Let the bars cool completely before slicing and serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228
Nutritional information is only an estimate.