White Chocolate-Topped Cinnamon Chip Cinnamon Bars

I love cinnamon so much that I usually at least double the amount called for in most recipes.

And all that cinnamon is just perfect with white chocolate.

White Chocolate-Topped Cinnamon Chip Cinnamon Bars - Bursting With Big Cinnamon Flavor - Recipe at averiecooks.com

If you’re a cinnamon aficionado, you’re going to love these easy, no-mixer bars that are ready in 30 minutes.

They’re extra soft, tender, supple, and packed with cinnamon flavor.

White Chocolate-Topped Cinnamon Chip Cinnamon Bars - Bursting With Big Cinnamon Flavor - Recipe at averiecooks.com

There’s one full tablespoon of cinnamon stirred into the easy no-mixer-required batter, along with over a cup of cinnamon chips added to the batter.

After baking and spreading a layer of melted white chocolate on top, I sprinkled it with more cinnamon chips. The more, the merrier.

Even though that sounds like a ton of cinnamon, and it is, although the cinnamon flavor is bold and robust, it’s not overwhelming. However, if you’re not as much of a cinnamon lover, I suggest decreasing the amount of cinnamon added to the batter, to taste.

White Chocolate-Topped Cinnamon Chip Cinnamon Bars - Bursting With Big Cinnamon Flavor - Recipe at averiecooks.com

The bars are made exclusively with brown sugar, no granulated, and the brown sugar caramelizes while baking, adding caramely undertones amidst the dominant cinnamon.

If there’s something I enjoy as much as cinnamon, it’s white chocolate. It’s not technically chocolate, but it’s technically good.

I love to make Cinnamon Chip and White Chocolate Peanut Butter, combine the two into one drippy, smooth spread. Talk about a hide-the-spoons situation.

White Chocolate-Topped Cinnamon Chip Cinnamon Bars - Bursting With Big Cinnamon Flavor - Recipe at averiecooks.com

White chocolate is notoriously hard to melt and scorches easily and I recommend either Candy Melts or Dips (what I used), Vanilla Candiquik, or a good quality White Chocolate Bar.

White chocolate chips are the worst because of the stabilizers in them. You don’t want the white chocolate chips in your cookies melting into puddles, so chips have stabilizers added to resist melting, the opposite of what you want here.

Which is a nice, smooth, flat layer that’s perfect for sprinkling on all those cinnamon chips. They add a bit of texture to the otherwise buttery soft, very moist, rich, and dense bars.

White Chocolate-Topped Cinnamon Chip Cinnamon Bars - Bursting With Big Cinnamon Flavor - Recipe at averiecooks.com

If you’re not a white chocolate fan, you can omit it or use regular chocolate. However, the more delicate flavor of white chocolate, coupled with the bright pop of sweetness it lends, makes it a perfect complement to the spicier cinnamon and cinnamon chips.

Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, molasses, pumpkin. I love all the flavors of fall even though I don’t love that the weather is going to be getting cooler. I wish the weather stayed in the 80s year round.

White Chocolate-Topped Cinnamon Chip Cinnamon Bars - Bursting With Big Cinnamon Flavor - Recipe at averiecooks.com

But I’m a pushover for melt-in-your-mouth soft bars and can get behind these fall-flavored little numbers.

Very happily.

White Chocolate-Topped Cinnamon Chip Cinnamon Bars - Bursting With Big Cinnamon Flavor - Recipe at averiecooks.com

White Chocolate-Topped Cinnamon Chip Cinnamon Bars - If you typically need to double the cinnamon in most recipes, you won't with these. They're for the true cinnamon lover, and topped with creamy white chocolate. Easy, no-mixer recipe at averiecooks.com

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White Chocolate-Topped Cinnamon Chip Cinnamon Bars

These soft, tender, and moist bars are robustly flavored with cinnamon. One hearty tablespoon is stirred into the batter, along with cinnamon chips that both line the interior of the bars, and are sprinkled on top. If you can't fine cinnamon chips, there's really no substitute in this recipe and I recommend ordering them. If you prefer less intensity of cinnamon flavor, dial down the amount added to the batter. The white chocolate topping adds a sweet pop to counter the spiciness of the cinnamon. Read the blog post for tips when selecting white chocolate, as it's notoriously difficult to melt and prone to scorching. These fast and easy bars are ready in 30 minutes and are perfect for fall and winter baking.

Yield: one 8x8 pan, 9 to 12 generous squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: about 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 large egg
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon, or to taste
1 cup all-purpose flour
one 10-ounce bag cinnamon chips, divided (1 1/4 cups for batter and about 1/3 cup for sprinkling after baking)
8 ounces White Candy MeltsVanilla Candiquik, or White Chocolate Bar, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don't scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and stir until just combined, don't overmix.
  5. Stir in 1 1/4 cups cinnamon chips.
  6. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  7. Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until done. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Allow bars to cool in pan while you melt the white chocolate topping.
  8. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate according to package directions. I melt it in short bursts of about 15 seconds each, stirring after each burst. To melt 8 ounces takes about 1 minute in my microwave. Don't overcook the chocolate, noting that white chocolate scorches and will seize up very easily. If that happens, there's no way to save it and you have to discard and start over.
  9. Smooth the white chocolate over the bars in an even flat layer.
  10. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup cinnamon chips or whatever remains in bag.
  11. Allow white chocolate layer to set up fully before slicing and serving. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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88 Responses to “White Chocolate-Topped Cinnamon Chip Cinnamon Bars”

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    Deborah — October 6, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I adore cinnamon – the more the better for me! And there’s so much cinnamon going on in these, I know I’d love them!

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    Jocelyn — October 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Oh, these sound just heavenly! I had to refrain from licking my screen! Hehe! Love all of your cinnamon goodness!!

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    Emily | The Blonde Buckeye — October 7, 2013 at 11:37 am

    These sound unbelievably good Averie! I think cinnamon is sometimes overlooked as the ‘star’ of a dish, not here! I’ll have to give these a try!!

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    kelly @ livelovepasta — October 9, 2013 at 7:11 am

    My list of MUST TRY fall recipes is getting ridiculously long. These bars look so delicious though, I need to try them right away! :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 9th, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Thanks Kelly – LMK if you try things and how it goes!

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    Kathryn — October 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I just made these. They are gorgeous (just like the picture) and delicious! It’s a good thing I offered to share some with friends before I tasted them, otherwise I’d be eating the whole pan this afternoon. This recipe is going into my “keeper” file. Thanks!

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