Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

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Fall cannot get here quick enough.  Flipping through my new issue of Life:Beautiful magazine I spied a recipe for Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars.  I thought it might be nice for Miss Bee to come home from school to the house smelling like cinnamon and a plate of these waiting with a glass of ice cold milk.  These do not disappoint and will be added to my permanent recipe collection.  They are perfect for tailgating and potlucks because they hold up well.

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This month’s issue is so new that the recipe is not yet listed on the Life:Beautiful website otherwise I would link you to the recipe.  Since it’s not, I feel it’s my duty to share how to make them. They are delish.  Both Bees said it tasted like the cheesecake sopapilla recipe.  They are a dense bar with a lovely layer of cinnamon and sugar baked till crispy on top.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup of unsalted butter, melted and cooled

2 large eggs

1 cup plus 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided

2/3 cup packed brown sugar (I accidentally used 3/4 cup and it was fine)

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8×8 baking pan with foil, leaving about 1 inch of the foil extending over the edges of the pan.  Grease foil (I used butter-flavored Crisco) and set pan aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cream of tartar and salt. Set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk together butter, eggs, 1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Stir in the flour mixture until just combined.

Pour batter evenly into prepared pan.  For the topping, in a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle on top of butter.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.  Use foil to lift uncut bars out of pan.  Cut into bars.

For something different – try cutting your bars into triangles.  This is a trick Sister Bee taught me.  It makes your goodies look really special.

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