A favorite classic cookie of mine are snickerdoodles. Plain and simple.
Coming from a gal who LOVES big chunks and whole lotta stuff goin’ on in her cookies, that’s definitely saying a lot.
It’s the cinnamon sugar crusted exterior that gets me every time.
But last year while I was at a bakery, I spotted something new to me. A white chocolate chunk snickerdoodle. Soft & puffy, full of lush white chocolate chunks, and an overload of cinnamon & sugar. This cookie was over-the-top. Pure cookie insanity.
I bought it on the spot and OMG… the combination of white chocolate and snickerdoodles is to.die.for.
But rather than recreating said cookie, I chose to put a little spin on it this past weekend.
You see, I like baking bars. They’re easy. Thoughtless. Versatile. Fool proof. One pan, thank you ma’am.
The bars I made this weekend are a cross between a cookie bar and a blondie and sort of a cake. They’re ultra soft with a slightly chewy texture.
The bars are reminiscent of a cakey cookie, but they are also a tad dense like your typical blondie – the eggs and all the butter are to thank for that.
My good friend Erin said they taste like you’re biting into a thick snickerdoodle cookie… but better.
And quite frankly, I have to tell you that these bars are probably one of the best things that have come out of my kitchen. I’m not exaggerating. They require hardly any work and contain a freaking load of butter. A win-win in my book.
The white chocolate chips provide some texture and the sweet cinnamon sugar swirl hiding inside melts in your mouth with each bite. I made the swirl extra thick because… well, a snickerdoodle can never have enough cinnamon sugar.
It’s my favorite part.
I glazed the blondies with a simple 3 ingredient vanilla glaze, made from powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla extract.
I felt it gave the bars a little something’ extra.
Plus it’s pretty.
What was great about the glaze is that it hardened fairly quickly, allowing me to stack the blondies up to bring to a party without having the glaze smear. Any desserts that travel well are keepers. When I’m sending goodies to friends or bringing treats to get togethers, I always feel stumped about what to make in fear the dessert will be ruined getting from point A to point B.
I’m glad to know my new favorite blondies make the cut.
(yes, my “cute” travel carrier is a paper plate. ugh don’t judge me)
I love a tasty remix on a classic dessert and I know you’re going to flip for these too. Wait til you try one heated up with melty vanilla ice cream. Just sayin’.
Snickerdoodle White Chocolate Chip Blondies
makes 24 squares
- 2 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp half and half (or milk or cream)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350F. Spray a 13×9 inch baking pan with nonstick spray.
In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In large bowl, beat butter on high with an electric or stand mixer. Beat until butter is creamy, then add both sugars. Gradually beat in eggs and vanilla. On low speed, beat in dry ingredients until combined. Fold in white chocolate chips
Spoon half the batter into pan. It will be a relatively thin layer, but try to spread it across the pan evenly. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar filling and spread the remaining batter over top. Some of the cinnamon sugar will mix into the top layer as you spread it.
Bake 22-26 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely for about 1 hour.
While the bars are cooling, make the glaze. In small bowl, stir glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over bars and cut into 24 squares.
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For only $1, I bought this empty condiment bottle to glaze the blondies. I can’t wait to use it on some of my other desserts – it makes drizzling glazes so easy!
PS: if you like snickerdoodles as much as I do, check out these two spin-off recipes!
Not snickerdoodles, but also similar are my Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Muffins. Yum!
**I’m happy to announce the WINNER of the Chobani Giveaway is Elaine who said, “Well you just made my day with this giveaway! I use Chobani (definitely the best greek yogurt brand) in everything- smoothies, recipes, and I eat one for breakfast almost every day. I’m dying to try the new vanilla chocolate chunk”
Look out for your email Elaine!