Monday, March 21, 2016

Cinnamon Non-Blondes

I did not set out to find a new favorite recipe.  There was an entirely utilitarian task laid before me.  My parents would be here for lunch and I wanted a bar or cookie to serve as dessert.  Cookies take too much time these days so I opted for an un-made recipe I had tucked into my recipe binder.

The recipe was scrawled on a page of a promotional tablet for a real estate agent from the Deep Creek Resort area in MD.  We have not been in that area since I was pregnant with Sadie.  Maybe? And she's ten now.  How it survived my frequent recipe binder purges, I do not know.  But I'm glad it did.

The original recipe that I copied down was called "Snickerdoodle Blondes" and came from Serving Up Southern.  Was it a magazine?  A cookbook?  It's a website now but I don't take my computer on vacations. As always, I changed a couple things (including using regular chocolate chips instead of cinnamon baking chips-which I didn't even know existed) and decided to rename these tasty bars.  You may call them what you like.

They are moist, dense, delicious bars with strong cinnamon flavor and I've always loved the combination of chocolate and cinnamon.  While the chocolate-lover in me is tempted to up the amount of chocolate chips in the recipe, holding back lets the cinnamon shine.  You'll likely fall in love with them just from the smell of them baking.  That's what happened to me anyway.

The whole experience was rather encouraging.  I haven't baked anything in months.  My kids have- as their sweet tooths have prompted them but I haven't.  It's nice to come back on such a sweet note.

Cinnamon Non-Blondes (adapted from some form of Serving Up Southern)
yields a 9 x 13-inch pan of bars

2 2/3 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips

2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon (cut it back to 1 tsp. if you don't love cinnamon as much as I do)

In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Set aside.  In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat together 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup sugar and softened butter.  Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined.  Add the flour mixture and blend until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.  The dough will be thick- like cookie dough batter.  Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper.  Turn the dough into the pan and spread it out evenly.  In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp. sugar and 1 tbsp. cinnamon and sprinkle over the top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.  Cool completely before cutting into bars. Pin It


  1. So excited to try this recipe. Snickerdoodles are my son-in-law's favorite cookie and I think chocolate chip are second on his list. This should be a fun variation to try when we're with him.

  2. I am glad you seem to have just a bit more time. May it increase. I remember recipes asking for cinnamon chips but that was a long time ago. Possibly they were not a hit and no longer made? It was a bundt cake recipe I bought them for, made 2 times to use up the bag, then never again. That was at least 7-8 years ago.

    My twin sister and I were 8 going on 9 when my Grandma decided we were going to take over the baking. So every day after school we learned something new...the first thing we made were drop sweet biscuits for shortcake. That is nice your children are taking it upon themselves so far. I hope they keep at it.

  3. It's pleasure for me to read recipe with story :). It looks so attractive. I'll try to cook it for sure.

  4. I assume the flour mixture goes in between the eggs & vanilla and the chocolate chips. We made a batch this afternoon and they were delicious! Thanks for the recipe!


    1. Yes, it does! I added that important step above- thanks for pointing that out:-). I'm glad you enjoyed them!

  5. I can still buy Cinnamon chips - so next time I will mix chocolate chips together with cinnamon chips and see how it goes. I love cinnamon - but all cinnamon chips may even be too much for me.... what am I saying... no, that won't happen!


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