Thursday, April 1, 2010

Snickerdoodle Blondies

I have come across these blondies many times in the past month on various cooking blogs. I absolutely love snickerdoodles so I had high hopes for these. I knew I had to make them just so I could get the darn things out of my head. They are SO yummy, a definite keeper. I love cinnamon chips and would have used them but have checked 5 store to no avail - someday when I come across them I plan on stocking up. I used the recipe from here. Also, I didn't have heavy cream on hand so I used milk and the glaze was great.

Snickerdoodle Blondies

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. salt
2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 cup cinnamon chips, optional

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line pan with parchment or tin foil so it hangs over the edges. Spray with nonstick spray.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cream of tartar and salt.

3. In separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer (3 to 5 minutes). Mix in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Keep beating until mixture is smooth.

4. Stir in flour mixture until well blended. Add cinnamon chips if using. The batter will be thick. Spread it evenly into the prepared pan. Spray your hands with cooking spray and use them to pat the mixture down evenly.

5. Combine the topping ingredients in a small bowl; sprinkle evenly on top of batter.

6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Let pan cool completely.

7. When ready to cut, use ends of parchment paper to lift out baked bars. Place on a cutting board. If you’re adding the glaze, whisk the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl and drizzle onto the bars in decorative fashion. Let glaze set then use a large, sharp knife to cut into bars.