Snickerdoodle Cookie Granola Bars

I’m a big fan of snickerdoodle cookies. And granola bars.

And I’ll never say no to granola bars that taste like cookies.

I decided to combine two favorites into one as I was leaving Aruba, figuring they’d make nice snacks for the twenty two hour journey back to California. And boy, did these extra chewy, no-bake granola bars ever hit the spot. They really do taste like snickerdoodles in all their cinnamon-and-sugar scented glory and the best part is that they come together in five minutes and are easily kept both vegan and gluten-free.

To make them, combine butter, brown and granulated sugars, and corn syrup in a large microwave-safe bowl and heat for three minutes total, stopping after each one-minute interval to stir the ingredients. After the first minute, not much will likely have happened and the butter probably won’t even have melted yet, but after the second burst it will have softened and liquified. Give everything a good stir and return the bowl for the third minute. Keep an eye on it because you’re essentially making caramel sauce in the microwave and the bubbling that occurs helps create a sticky sauce, which is key to the granola bars holding their shape and sticking together. I don’t anticipate the mixture bubbling over and mine was no where close, and I use this technique in other granola bar recipes without issue, but microwaves vary.

To the hot caramel sauce, add vanilla, cinnamon, cream of tartar, optional salt, and quick-cooking oats. I usually use old-fashioned whole rolled oats in my recipes, but for these bars, quick-cook is the way to go. The oats are smaller and broken down, and they stick together much better than larger old-fashioned whole oats. Give everything a good stir and then slowly add three-quarters cup of flour, stirring to incorporate it. The mixture will be thick and it will be moist, but it shouldn’t be fall-apart sloppy and gloppy.

It sets up very dramatically after being pressed into the pan as it cools but if necessary, add up to four additional tablespoons of flour, or one-quarter cup, if your batter seems very wet. Don’t exceed four additional tablespoons because that could dry it out too much and cause the granola bars to be crumbly and not hold their shape well.

It’s likely that substituting some vanilla or plain protein powder could replace some or all of the flour. However, because protein powders vary greatly in how they work; some bind things beautifully, some turn food into sludge, and some turn it crumbly, you’d need to experiment. I’d start with acouple tablespoons and work your way up if you’re feeling adventurous. I was not and needed to pack.

Transfer the mixture to an 8-inch square pan and spread it out, firmly packing it down and smoothing it with a spatula. Place the pan in the refrigerator for at least two hours  so the bars can set up before slicing them or pop the pan into the freezer for a shorter duration.

Slice the bars into whatever shapes you prefer. Ten to twelve rectangular bars the size of a Quaker Chewy Granola bar is my yield and then I wrap them individually in plasticwrap, put them all together into a gallon-sized Ziplock, and store them in the refrigerator. They are shelf-stable for a week or so, but in the refrigerator they’ll last a month, or can be frozen many months. However, a dozen little granola bars won’t likely be lingering for too long.

Optionally drizzle the bars with melted white chocolate, either individually or just do the whole pan at once. I prefer white chocolate here and find it’s a better complement to the cinnamon-and-sugar flavors than dark chocolate, but it’s chocolate and there really is no wrong kind. I was tempted to dunk half the bar in melted chocolate or dip the bottom surface of the bar into chocolate like many storebought granola bars have that perfectly smooth and luscious chocolate bottom, but I wanted to keep them in the realm of healthy and was judicious about my chocolate usage. Sometimes you can teach an old dog new tricks.

The notes of caramel from the melted butter and brown sugar, combined with the cinnamon and a bit of tang from the cream of tartar, give such richness of flavor. The white chocolate drizzle is a nice touch and adds just a bit of additional sweetness because on their own, the bars aren’t overly sweet.

I love texture and the oats add an incredible amount. They’re fabulously dense and I have to chew-and-chew each bite, which is nice because it prevents me from being able to inhale three bars in three minutes. Interestingly, they don’t really taste like Oatmeal Cookies and are much more like Snickerdoodle Cookies or Sugar-Doodle Cookies, some of my all-time favorites.

They’re satisfying and hearty and make great pre- or post-workout snacks, and I feel satisfied without feeling like I just un-did all the benefits of my workout. I was also pleasantly shocked how well they held up going from ninety degree humidity to x-ray machines to the bottom of my carry-on to overhead bins.

I had to hide these from myself on the plane.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan, gluten-free)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: one 8-by-8 inch pan, 10 to 12 bars

These very chewy and soft granola bars taste like snickerdoodle cookies and are every bit as satisfying, but are healthier. They're no-bake, come together in 5 minutes, and can easily be kept vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free. They're lightly sweetened and full of cinnamon-sugar flavor, just like snickerdoodles. They're very portable, make great snacks to take on-the-go or to toss in lunch boxes, purses, or gym bags. They're a new favorite granola bar because they are so easy and really do taste like snickerdoodle cookies.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (or vegan butter or margarine)

1/2 cup light corn syrup (brown rice syrup or honey may be substituted)

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste

3 and 1/2 cups quick cook oats (Quaker, Bob's, or similar)

3/4 cup plus up to 4 tablespoon all-purpose flour (or Bob's or similar; protein powder may be used - see below)

1/2 cup white chocolate chips melted for drizzling, optional (or vegan white chocolate chips; or semi-sweet chocolate chips)

Directions:

Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang, spray with cooking spray; set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl combine butter, corn syrup, (or brown rice syrup - I suspect maple syrup or agave are not quite sticky enough to properly bind the ingredients so bars will hold together), brown sugar, granulated sugar and heat on high power for 3 minutes total. After 1 minute, stop and stir; reheat for another minute, stop and stir; reheat for the final minute, stop and stir. In the final minute, keep an eye on the bowl just to make sure the liquid doesn't bubble over because you're essentially making caramel sauce in the microwave.

Add vanilla, cinnamon, cream of tartar, salt, and stir to combine. Add oats and stir to combine. Add 3/4 cup flour slowly, stirring to incorporate it. Mixture should be thick and although it should be moist, it shouldn't be sloppy. Add up to 4 additional tablespoons flour if your mixture seems very wet; don't over-add and dry out batter too much because it shouldn't be crumbly. Regarding protein powder - substituting some vanilla or plain protein powder could likely replace some or all of the flour, but I have not tested it. Because protein powders vary greatly in how they work and bind ingredients, playing around with a couple tablespoons and working your way up is my recommendation.

Transfer mixture to prepared pan and spread it into an even flat layer, pressing it down firmly with a spatula and smoothing the surface. Place pan in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or in the freezer for at least 1 hour, or until bars have set up. Lift bars out with foil overhang, place on a cutting board, and slice bars into desired size and shape. I prefer 10 to 12 rectangular bars, about 4-inches long by about 3/4-inch wide, similar in size and shape to a Quaker Chewy Granola Bar. Bars will keep at room temperature in an airtight container, wrapped individually in plasticwrap and placed in a gallon-sized Ziplock for up to 1 week (the butter was cooked for 3 minutes so they are shelf-stable); in the refrigerator for up to 1 month, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Take care that all ingredients used are in keeping with your dietary requirements if bars must be kept vegan, gluten-free, or soy-free.

http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/01/snickerdoodle-cookie-granola-bars.html

Related Recipes:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF) – Produces Quaker Chewy-style granola bars, with very similar texture, and they’re a reader favorite and one of my own favorites. Use ingredients you have on hand and enjoy, from peanut butter to almond butter to sunflower seed butter; to raisins to white chocolate chips to coconut flakes; to M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces for a more candy-like bar; you can customize them very easily with just about anything that strikes your fancy

Sunflower Seed Butter Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF, peanut-free) Made with one of my favorite nut butters, sunflower seed butter. It has a distinctively bold, yet slightly sweet flavor. By combining sunflower seed butter, agave, and Medjool dates with oats in a food processor, these no-bake granola bars come together in minutes. Fast, easy, very chewy and texture-filled

Cinnamon Oatmeal Date Bars with Chocolate Chunks (no-bake, vegan, GF) – If you omit the chocolate that’s used two ways on top of these bars, they’re quite healthy. Minus the chocolate, the bars themselves are just oats and dates, bound together by peanut butter, and I love them

Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oat Snack Bars (No-Bake, Vegan, GF) – Makes just 3 bars in 5 minutes, perfect small-batch and fast recipe

Sugar-Doodle Vanilla Cookies – These cookies are much more than the sum of their simple parts and ingredients and they’re easily one of my favorites from 2012. Another bonus of these soft, chewy, and easy cookies is that the batch size is only 11 cookies. Perfect for our family because we don’t need dozens and dozens of cookies just laying around

White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies – Similar to the above recipe however before baking the dough was rolled in a cinnamon-sugar coating and white chocolate chips are in the batter. They’re not quite as chewy or thick and plump as the Sugar-Doodles but the flavor is perfect and they have white chocolate chips

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting – Snickerdoodle cookies, baked into bar form. Bars are faster to bake than individual cookies and no dough chilling is required. Dense, thick, easy and the sweet yet tangy cream cheese frosting is the perfect complement

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Do you have a favorite granola or granola bar recipe? Fan of snickerdoodles?

Feel free to link to your favorite recipes. Making granola and granola bars at home is so easy, cost-efficient, and you can control what does or doesn’t go into the bars.

And I’m a huge fan of snickerdoodles and when done right, very little can compete with a perfect snickerdoodle.

Happy New Year!

   

93 Responses to “Snickerdoodle Cookie Granola Bars”

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    marla — January 1, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Happy New Year Averie!!! These bars look great :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 1st, 2013 at 9:26 am

      The photographic challenges are beyond words some days down there. Things were definitely not going my way with this shoot and with packing looming but you know how that goes. Hope your new year is off to a fab start! xoxo

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 1, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Happy New Year! I love those bars!

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    Laura Dembowski — January 1, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Granola bars that taste like cookies? I’m in! A 22 hour trip sounds crazy. I bet Aruba is worth it though. Happy New Year, Averie :)

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    angela @ Canned Time — January 1, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Happiest New Year to you. It’s going to be great for you I know :)

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 1, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Hope you made it back safely Averie! These granola bars are right up my alley. The tablespoon of cinnamon… did you make these for me?!?! I’m convinced you were channeling me in your Aruba kitchen. :) I love the white chocolate drizzle on top as well – white chocolate and snickerdoodles is a fierce combination. Often underrated in my opinion. And you don’t have to twist my arm to make another no bake granola bar. I want one right now! :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 1st, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Thanks, Sally. It’s amazing that a tbsp of cinnamon sounds like a lot but as I was tasting the batter I had to keep increasing the amount because the oats were just absorbing it all and nothing worse than an under-flavored goodie!

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    Herbivore Triathlete — January 1, 2013 at 6:54 am

    These granola bars look like the perfect treat for a long day of traveling! Love the chocolate drizzle on top.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 1, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Oh my! Such a fabulous recipe!

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — January 1, 2013 at 7:11 am

    You’re a smart cookie! (heh) I too LOVE the snickerdoodle. I haven’t had much success making them gluten-free though. They really need that chewy inside to be considered a snickerdoodle (which I’m sure these bars have a lot of!) Great idea to make these for the trip back home. I still find it so hard to believe how long it takes you to get back to California!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 1st, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Two five-to-six hour flights plus a layover plus travel time to the airport/home from the airport on the other side, returning rental car on the drop off side, etc. Not quite like going to India but still a long trek!

      And these are so easy to keep GF and healthier than true cookies!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — January 1, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Yum! I’m so stealing this method, BTW. :) Happy New Year Averie!

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    Sue/the view from great island — January 1, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I’m waiting for you to market these amazing bars you’re making, they’d be a hit!

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    the 3volution of j3nn — January 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Oooh, these look so perfectly chewy! I really grew fond of snickerdoodle flavor this year, and I think the trend will continue in 2013. Happy new year!!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 1st, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Some of your snickerdoodle creations had me so impressed given that you’re making everything GF, grainfree, etc!

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    patty — January 1, 2013 at 10:41 am

    do you have any idea what the nutritional info on these are?

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 1st, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      No but feel free to use one of those online calculators and plug in all the data. LMK what they come out to!

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      • patty replied: — January 1st, 2013 at 1:45 pm

        averie, update: I just made these and they are so good. I checked online calculator and they are 68 calories if you divide into 12 bars. thanks so much

        • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 1st, 2013 at 1:52 pm

          So glad you made them and only 68 calories – that’s crazy (in a good way!) I would have guessed way more! Wow – seriously they taste so much better than a 100 cal Quaker bar! The math doesn’t even seem right but I’m not going to question it :) And so glad you’re enjoying them and thanks for doing the stats.

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    Lisa — January 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Those are almost to pretty to eat. I have never had a snickerdoodle before (don’t tell anyone) I will be making this for sure. Thank You. Happy New Year!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 1st, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Ok I would GLADLY trade you one of these for one of your buttery breadsticks. Ive been thinking about those things for a week! I go to your site just to stare at the pics..seriously :)

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    Paula — January 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    My husband was just talking about needing some protein bars, so when I read this and saw the possible protein powder substitution, I gave it a whirl. They turned out great and we love the snickerdoodle flavor. I used honey and replaced all the flour with pea protein powder. I only used 3/4 cup total–it’s pretty “absorbent”. It probably sounds gross, but it’s unflavored and more neutral tasting than whey, so I like it best as a flour replacement. It doesn’t get super sticky like whey and can easily go sweet or savory. And…they really did come together in a few minutes–so easy!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 1st, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Paula I love that you already made these! Another lady *just* wrote to me minutes before you did and she made them, too. Right above your comment and she did the nutritional stats on them. Anyway glad to hear you tried the protein powder sub and it worked. Good to know that honey got sticky/tacky enough, too. And that the pea protein worked. I dont use that one and if I ever use p.p. I use Sun Warrior brown rice p.p. in either vanilla or chocolate and it’s very absorbent. Like a sponge! But I know that some p.p.’s such as whey or soy can vary greatly and can get so gloppy!

      If you need other p.p. ideas – try these! They are super good! I used chocolate p.p. but have had people write in making them with vanilla or neutral p.p. but I love the chocolate :)
      http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2012/04/peanut-butter-and-jelly-chocolate-protein-fudge.html

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    Amber K — January 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Ok, you’re awesome. These look delicious, especially because I love snickerdoodles! Pinning for later :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 1st, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks for the Pin and these were the bars I was talking about in my comment reply to you yesterday! GF for you!

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      • Amber K replied: — January 1st, 2013 at 6:14 pm

        Yay!! :)

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    yum! These look SO good! Happy New year!!

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    jackie @ marin mama cooks — January 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Happy New Year Averie! I’m glad to see that your back in Cali. It looked beautiful down there today, as John is glued to the TV watching Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Your granola bars look great and would be a great and easy snack to bring along skiing. I’m also loving the looks of those peanut butter oat and chocolate bars. Hope your having a restful night girl!
    xoxo,
    Jackie

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature — January 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Happy New Year, Averie! These look perfect!

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    Alicia @NeverEverBeenSkinny — January 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Oh I am so going to be trying this after my month detox. I really would like something like this after my workouts! It looks so sweet yet not over kill!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I LOVE Snickerdoodles! I didn’t even make them this season! I love that you made Snickerdoodle Granola Bars. Fantastic Recipe!! Another one for me to make!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I’m all for a granola bar that tastes like a cookie, yum!

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    Katie — January 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    If I had oats, I would make these right now. I’m definitely trying these – the cinnamon, the snickerdoodle, the no-bake; I swear you made these with me in mind!

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    Marina@Picnic at Marina — January 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Happy New Year, Averie! :)

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    Katie — January 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Also, because I am nerd and the comment above with the nutritional stats just seemed impossible to me, I used my software to calculate and here is the breakdown for 12 bars, if you are curious:

    Servings: 12
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories: 235
    Total Fat: 10.15g
    Cholesterol: 21mg
    Sodium: 169mg
    Total Carbs: 33.53g
    Dietary Fiber: 1.42g
    Sugars: 16.80g
    Protein: 2.47g

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    Ryoma Sakamoto — January 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I wish you a ☆ :: * Happy-New-Year * :: ☆ From Japan.!! God bless you during 2013!
    Ryoma Sakamoto.

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    Kristy @Sweet Treats & More — January 1, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    These look awesome!! Can’t wait to try! Your sugar-doodles didn’t disappoint:)

    Happy New Year!

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    Michele Sparrow — January 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Delicious looking! Granola bars that taste like snickerdoodles? Definitely a big yes in our book! I love how you put white chocolate on top and the cinnamon – load it up! The more the better! Always on the hunt for granola bars that are easy to make that taste fantastic. Winner!

    Welcome back to Cali! Hope your trip was safe and sound! :-)

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 2, 2013 at 5:32 am

    These sound so good! Great idea combining two favorites :)

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    Mercedes — January 2, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Wow, these look like a unique and delicious granola bar flavor. I love how cleanly it looks like you were able to cut them which would make for easy transportation! Happy New Year!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 2nd, 2013 at 10:15 am

      I love clean cuts. They are just ‘my thing’ Weird but whatever. If you take pics of food, you know how it is when you get a nice clean cut and no messiness :) And with these, I didn’t even have to try that hard. They are just naturally very portable!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — January 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Best. Idea. Ever! Love snickerdoodles and LOVE that you somehow used your magic to create them into granola bars. I would be snacking on these bad boys for the entire 22 hour flight. Welcome back to CA!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 2nd, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Thanks, Hayley. Between these and my next post, the cookie cups, we had a great plane ride :)

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — January 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I’m in love with this concept! Snickerdoodles are one of my absolute fave cookies so I love it in any form, especially this!

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    Valerie — January 2, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Ah-mazing! I love dramatic set-ups when they arrive in bar form. :D

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    These are my kind of granola bars! I love snickerdoodles and the idea of eating them in granola bar form sounds wonderful!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 2nd, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      They’re a new fave granola bar – they really do taste like cookies!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Granola bars that taste like cookies?! YES PLEASE! I could eat seriously eat this all day.

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    angela @ anotherbiteplease — January 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    ok I know you said to use quick oats…but I buy my old fashioned oats in bulk…so I may end up regretting it but I am going to try with the old fashioned oats…since I still have like 20lbs to use up so I just can not bring myself to buy the quick…is this way tmi… i know i know but i always try to listen to you…again love how you explain and talk about the recipe…hope you had safe travels back home.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 3rd, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      I think you may regret it because they will not stick together nearly as well or get that compactness & density. You could always grind your whole rolled for 10 secs in a food processor/Vita and break them down a bit which is what I’d recommend for this particular application. 20 lbs…whoa. You love your oats :)

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    Suzanne — January 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Yum these sound delicious, gotta make em soon!

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    Kelly — January 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Incredibly delicious!! I made these this morning…and I am not sure they are going to last in my house until tomorrow! :) They are so yummy–love all the buttery chewiness, and the amount of cinnamon! I have loved reading your blog for quite a while, but this is the first time I’ve had a chance to make one of your recipes. I can’t wait to try more (I’ve been wanting to make your cranberry bliss bars ever since you posted it)!! Thank you for sharing your great recipes!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 5th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      I am so glad to hear you made them and are loving them – and yes, they hardly lasted with us either (only because I knew we needed airplane snacks so I hid them from ourselves for a day!). And thanks for reading my blog & saying hi and making these. And you cannot go wrong with the Cran Bliss Bars. They are one of my personal faves of 2012, without a doubt!

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    Jennifer — January 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I made these yesterday morning so we would have a homemade Sunday afternoon snack and I was thrilled with how they turned out. I never thought I could make a decent granola bar at home so I never bothered to try but these were delicious and formed perfectly. And they really only took five minutes to mix up. I didn’t do any white chocolate drizzle, maybe next time. I’m wondering about mix-ins like slivered almonds or dried berries, would I reduce the amount of oatmeal?

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 7th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      So glad you tried them and that you loved them & had such good success! It depends on how many sliv almonds or berries (and their size) – like big fat golden yellow raisins are going to be hard, but fragments of dried cranberries or smaller raisins will be easier – on if you’d need to decrease the oats. I would say add 3 c oats and the flour, stir in the berries/nuts you plan to use (1/2 cup give or take) and then if needed add more oats to get things to stick!

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      • jennifer replied: — January 16th, 2013 at 8:36 am

        Because I really love gingersnap cookies, I decided to try to make a gingersnap version of these Snickerdoodle Cookie Granola Bars last night and I was really thrilled with the results. I used all brown sugar instead of white and brown and replaced 1/4 cup of the corn syrup with molasses. Then I used my gingersnap spice ratio, which might be a little strong for some people, two tsps cinnamon, 1 tsp ground cloves and a half tsp ground ginger. They are delicious.

        • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 16th, 2013 at 10:37 am

          Your gingersnap spice ratio sounds wonderful! 2 tsp/1 tsp/1 tsp sounds about perfect for batches of things like this or cookies. And glad to hear they held together by using all brown sugar and replacing 1/4 c syrup with molasses. What a great field report! Thanks for that! And I LOVE gingersnap/molasses things. I actually want to make gingersnap cookies now…but I fear people are ‘over it’ after Jan 1st!

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    Sarah — January 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I made these with half brown rice syrup and half honey and cooked mine on the stovetop instead of the microwave. They turned out great. Dense, chewy, delicous, cinnamony and sweet without being too sweet. Thanks, Avery!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 18th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that you love them and that cooking/melting the wet ingredients on the stovetop worked for you. Perfect! Thanks for coming back to LMK you made them!

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    kris — February 4, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Not sure if another person commented BUT it works great with agave! Held together great. These are the best no-bake bars I have tested from blog world.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — February 4th, 2013 at 8:17 am

      So glad that they worked well with agave for you and that they’re the best no-bake bars you’ve tried. That’s a great compliment & thanks for taking time to come back and tell me – I appreciate it!

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    Nanette — February 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Love the Snickerdoodle granola bar recipe. Going to try to adapt it to a sugar free version tomorrow.

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    Amanda Cottrell — February 18, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I tried these over the weekend. I used Splenda instead of sugar. Absoluty amazing!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — February 18th, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Good to know they turned out for you with that substitution and that you’re happy! Thanks for the field report!

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    Ann — March 8, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Just wondering how these can be called “gluten-free” with the 3/4 cup + all purpose flour in the ingredient list?

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — March 8th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Did you READ the FULL sentence on that line in the ingredients list:

      3/4 cup plus up to 4 tablespoon all-purpose flour (or Bob’s or similar; protein powder may be used – see below) — and I linked to Bob’s GF Flour.

      Use your favorite all purpose flour – that may be GF or not. Whatever works for you. Enjoy!

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      • Jessica replied: — August 18th, 2013 at 10:16 am

        FYI, Oats are considered gluten. People with Celiac disease can not eat oats.

        • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 18th, 2013 at 10:27 am

          As I stated and even LINKED to a product in the recipe section, use Bob’s or a similar brand of GF oats that meet your needs. Please re-read the recipe.

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    Laurel — March 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    For a low-glycemic (no sugar, lotsa sweet!) granola bar, use Agave Syrup~ same effect, way healthier.

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    Marcie — June 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I’ll eat anything that’s called a Snickerdoodle, especially if its no-bake! These look great.

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    Greenderella — June 23, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I love snickerdoodles and these bars look so good! I will make these soon! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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    4polinka — June 26, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Looks so yummi ! But I have no idea where to get cream of tartar here in Italy. What can I substitute it with?

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 26th, 2013 at 6:48 am

      Baking powder, although it’s not identical, it will do in a pinch. I am pretty sure that cream of tartar is available worldwide. It’s been around for 100 years – long before baking soda even!

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    Tamara — July 1, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    These are chilling and I can’t WAIT to have one tomorrow!!! I took a tiny taste of the batter, and I can tell this will be a go-to recipe for me! So simple and flavorful! Snickerdoodles are one of my all-time favorite cookies, so of course I was all over this. :) xo

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    Carrie — August 16, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    These are addicting! I’ve made them twice now and the whole family loves them! The second time I made them with 2 cups of oatmeal and 1 1/2 cups of puffed rice cereal. That made them a little easier for my toddler to chew. Thanks for such an easy and delicious recipe!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 16th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      I love these bars too and find them addicting too :) Have you also tried these? http://www.averiecooks.com/2012/10/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-granola-bars.html ? They call for rice krispies/puffed rice and are slightly less dense/chewy so your toddler may have an easier time but either way, both recipes are my 2 fave granola bars on my site!

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      • Carrie replied: — August 16th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

        Thanks, I will definitely try those when the snickerdoodle ones I made today are gone~I’m guessing that will be tomorrow.

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    Julie Kono — October 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I accidentally left the following review under the Somoa bars recipe, and although I loved those too, these snicker doodle bars are to die for so here is what I said ;
    I like to read reviews from people who actually make the recipes, so I thought I would leave one in case someone is deciding to make these bars. There is one major flaw! The name of the bars! They should be called ” I died and went to heaven bars”!! I absolutely love these bars! I did not change one single thing and they turned out so very delicious! Make these bars people!! You will want to stock up on the ingredients because you will make them again and again! Thank you Averie for yet another wonderful recipe!,

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 12th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      So glad you love them and thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts (twice – got your other comment too :) ) because no doubt it does help others. I try to do the same on everything from Amazon finds to recipes I try. We love these bars too and so easy!

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