The Best Snickerdoodle Bars

These soft and chewy bars taste just like snickerdoodle cookies.

Minus the work of dragging out your mixer, chilling dough, or making individual cookies.

The Best Snickerdoodle Bars - They taste just like snickerdoodle cookies in fast and easy bar form! Soft, chewy, buttery...So irresistible!!

Instead it’s a one-bowl, no mixer recipe that comes together in minutes. Pour the easy-to-make batter into a pan and bake.

No hassle, no fuss, and the bars are ready from start to finish in 30 minutes. The best kind of recipe.

The Best Snickerdoodle Bars - They taste just like snickerdoodle cookies in fast and easy bar form! Soft, chewy, buttery...So irresistible!!

I adapted the recipe from The Best Snickerdoodles and combined it with my trusty blondie base, a base I’ve used 30+ times over the years, and it always produces impressive results.

The bars are wonderfully soft, extra chewy, buttery, and there’s a bit of tang courtesy of cream of tartar.

The Best Snickerdoodle Bars - They taste just like snickerdoodle cookies in fast and easy bar form! Soft, chewy, buttery...So irresistible!!

If you don’t routinely keep it on hand, the bars will still ‘turn out’, but they won’t have the signature snickerdoodle flavor and they’ll be flatter and denser.

Before baking I generously sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar. It lends just the right amount of cinnamon flavor and a bit of texture from the sugar granules.

The Best Snickerdoodle Bars - They taste just like snickerdoodle cookies in fast and easy bar form! Soft, chewy, buttery...So irresistible!!

I’ve made Snickerdoodle BarsPumpkin Snickerdoodle BlondiesSnickerdoodle Bread and a half dozen other snickerdoodle-themed treats (linked below).

But I loved the bars so much that I had to donate most of the pan to my daughter’s classmates or I would have eaten most of the batch myself.

The Best Snickerdoodle Bars - They taste just like snickerdoodle cookies in fast and easy bar form! Soft, chewy, buttery...So irresistible!!

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The Best Snickerdoodle Bars

These soft and chewy bars taste just like snickerdoodle cookies minus the work of dragging out your mixer to cream ingredients, chilling dough, or making individual cookies. It’s a one-bowl, no mixer recipe that comes together in minutes, no hassle, no fuss. The bars are wonderfully soft, extra chewy, buttery, and there’s a bit of tang courtesy of cream of tartar. Before baking the bars are generously sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar. It lends just the right amount of cinnamon flavor and a bit of texture from the sugar granules.

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

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 25 minutes

Total Time: about 45 minutes, for cooling

Ingredients:

Batter
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste

For Sprinkling
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Batter - 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, sugars, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour, cream of tartar, optional salt and stir until just combined, don't overmix.
  5. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula; set aside.
  6. For Sprinkling - In a bowl (same one used for the batter is okay), combine the sugar, cinnamon, and stir.
  7. Using a small spoon, evenly sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over the prepared pan. Looks like a lot but it sinks down and soaks in while baking.
  8. Bake for about 24 to 25 minutes, or until done. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Place pan on top of a wire rack to cool for at least 15 minutes 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.

Adapted from The Best Snickerdoodles

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79 comments

  1. MmmMm a friend of mine once said that snickerdoodles reminded them of extra good cinnamon toast crunch. Come to think of it these would be tasty crumbled into a bowl of milk…

  2. Snickerdoodles are a big deal in my family. We’re all huge fans, but I mean, who isn’t? I’ll have to make these for them sometime soon!

  3. The best thing about bars is the no-chill time. And the no mixer is pretty great, too. I’m loving that thick cinnamon sugar topping!

  4. I love cinnamon and sugar….cinnamon toast is my all time favorite childhood memory and snicker doodles bring all those memories back..such a great cookie

  5. I adore snickerdoodles so I’m sure I’ll be madly in love with these too!
    Great photos, as always!

    Have a beautiful weekend Averie!

  6. Your snickerdoodles recipe collection is –some nice twists and tweaks on a favorite cookie! I don’t think I realized cream of tartar was responsible for adding tang/flavor until I read about it on your blog. I always thought of it as just a leavening agent or egg white stabilizer.

  7. I appear to be having trouble with grammar and wording this am–meant to say your snickerdoodles recipes collection is impressive.!

  8. There can definitely never be enough snickerdoodle twists out there! These bars are absolutely gorgeous and I love how much simpler these look than the actual cookies! Pinned. :)

  9. One bowl and straight into the oven? My favorite kind of recipe! I’ve been wanting to make your pumpkin snickerdoodle blondies for the longest time. But these may have stolen my heart even more! Your daughter’s friends must love coming to your house :)

  10. I can always get behind a one-bowl, no mixer recipe. How thoughtful of you to “donate” this treat. Ha ha. Have a great weekend!

  11. I love all things snickerdoodle, and bars are just so much easier! So pretty too. PINNED :)

  12. Yes, definitely impressive! Love the no mixer action… less things to wash!

  13. The bf is obsessed with slightly underbaked snickerdoodles and this kind of perfectly captures the super soft cinnamon sugar bite in the middle of a snickerdoodle cookie….I will have to whip these up sometime :)

  14. You are the QUEEN of snickerdoodles! I love how clean and simple these are <3

  15. These are absolutely perfect! The moist, dense look, the cinnamon sugar, everything!! Pinned!

  16. I’m pretty convinced you added the cream of tartar just for me. :) I’m still having fond flashbacks of your gingerdoodle cookies–looks like another “doodle” recipe is on my to-do list.

  17. These snickerdoodle bars look wonderful. I can’t wait to taste them.

  18. I am so glad you created this recipe. I have tried several snickerdoodle bar recipes and I can’t seem to get it right, but I totally trust your recipe!! Plus, I love that it only makes an 8×8-inch pan not a 9X13-inch pan. Pinned :)

  19. Amazing baking you do :-)
    I often find good inspiration at your blog, also I like the pics you take :-)
    And the recipies :-)

    Maria

  20. It looks amazzzingggggg! So delicious! Need to try this recipe.

  21. Loving these snicker doodle recipes! Delicious!

  22. Yes. To all the things snickerdoodle! And a recipe that’s 30 minutes? Yeah, that’s fabulous. Pinned!

  23. Just made these- so good! They don’t really look like they’ll be chewy, but they are! Definitely tastes a bit like cinnamon sugar toast because they are very buttery. Only thing I’ll do different next time is make some extra cinnamon sugar to sprinkle on after they are cooled- it really does soak in! Going to have to try some of your other blondie recipes because these were so easy! Thanks! :)

    • Yes they are super chewy and you would never expect that! At least I didn’t. I couldn’t even really get that across to the fullest in the blog post…one of those things you just need to make and take a bite to see for yourself I think :)

      And yes the cinn/sugar REALLY absorbs while baking!

  24. Is it okay if I eat these for breakfast? I’m just going to proclaim that anything with cinnamon constitutes breakfast. :) I’m particularly excited about these. Ive always loved your snickerdoodle cookies.

  25. Oh Yes! Totally want these bars for apres ski today! Pinned :)

  26. Cream of tartar in snickerdoodles?? I’ve never tried that before, but now I’m dying to! Although my jar may have gotten lost in our move, so I should probably put that on the grocery list… And bars are always better than cookies for me because without any rolling or shaping the dough, I get to eat them that much sooner! ;)

  27. Okay this looks way too dangerous. I always have all these ingredients at any given time, and heck I usually have 30 minutes too…They look gorgeous Averie, as usual!

  28. It looks amazzzingggggg! So delicious! Need to try this recipe.

  29. These are dangerous! I can’t wait to try them. :)

  30. I’ve made the pumpkin snickerdoodle blondies, and they were aMaZiNg, so I bet these are fantastic. You know your stuff, girl.

  31. These snickerdoodle bars looks so moist and delicious!Pinned!!

  32. Oh, these look totally dangerous and delicious!!! I love cookie bars and I love Snickerdoodles…so these are the perfect treat for me!!! Although I would have to donate most of them too because no way would I be able to stop snacking on these amazing looking treats! So rich and decadent and chewy!! Love it!!

  33. I made these Snickerdoodle bars last week and although the flavor was good, the bars turned out quite flat. Not like the picture. My Snickerdoodle cookie recipe calls for a little baking soda, and this bar recipe does not. Maybe that was the reason my bars were pancake thin? Anyway, I’ll play with this recipe~

    • Did you use the cream of tartar and was it fresh? I don’t personally like baking soda in my bars because I feel like it gives them more lift than I prefer and I do like denser bars. Despite what these may appear like in the photos, they are pretty flat; which was my intention. If you do like puffier, fluffier bars, this isn’t that kind of recipe. You’d be better off trying another or adding baking soda/powder to these…I just don’t care for it but do what you like best.

  34. Hi Averie,
    Yes, I used cream of tartar but it’s probably a few years old (I don’t use it much except for Snickerdoodles). I’ll buy a new container, and the next time I bake these bars, I will use a smaller pan. They’re too tasty not to bake them again!

    • Yes old spices or leaveners especially!! (like baking soda/powder or cream of tartar) definitely need to be replaced every 3-6 months. Most people will never go through their tin of Cream of T that fast, but it’s just one of those things with baking, the extra 2 bucks spent on a fresh tin is well worth it for guaranteed results!

  35. I made these last night! I used Jennifer’s Way Gluten Free Flour and they were amazing, my husband and I almost finished the entire pan in an impressive 4 hours.

    IG Pic: http://instagram.com/p/yQwXTwhFcj/

  36. Making snickerdoodles into bars is such a great idea! The cookies sometimes take a little longer to make, and if you’re like me and struggle with patience, it can be a rough time :)

  37. Can I just double all ingredients  for 9/13 pan?

  38. I just tried to make the snickerdoodle bar for a Mother’s Day brunch my family had today. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out well. It was too doughy to serve, but I followed all the steps.

    • Too doughy can often mean over-mixing the batter after adding the flour which creates toughness or more chewiness than you want. Or too doughy could simply mean it’s underbaked in your oven. Those are my guesses.

  39. Just made these…..they are out of this world delicious…….can’t wait for my boys to get up and go crazy over these!!! I will have to double the recipe for sure next time …… Will that become  a 9 x  13?

  40. My youngest is not feeling well and when I asked him what treat he wanted to feel better he wanted snickerdoodles.  I really didn’t want to go through the hassle of pulling out the Kitchen Aid, chilling the dough and scooping all those cookies.  Thankfully I came across your recipe.  I doubled  the recipe and baked it a 13 x 9 for 25 minutes.  Doubling the cinnamon-sugar for the top was way too much – I would recommend  1  1/2 times the original.  Trying the pumpkin bars next.  Thanks for a great quick and easy recipe.

  41. My daughter made these two nights ago. It was a great recipe for a beginning baker(12). Easy for her to follow.
    But best of all, these were some of the yummiest bar cookies I’ve ever had. I’m making a batch to take to work today.
    Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! Glad it was easy to follower for your 12 y.o. and that they were the best bar cookies you’ve ever had!

  42. I just made these with my sister along with two other desserts and these were the best out of the three. SO SO delicious. Thank you so much for posting!

  43. I have made these several times – my family loves them.  I get a great result using only one-quarter of the recommended amount of cinnamon/sugar topping (I used a small mesh tea strainer to sprinkle it on top – worked well).  

    I tried a little variation last night: added about two tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice and about a half-teaspoon of orange rind, and it was very good – I even got a thank you text from teenage daughter! I think next time, though, I will increase the rind to one teaspoon and decrease the juice a bit (the orange I used last night was leftover from another recipe, and was already pretty much de-rinded!). 

    • Oops, should have been clear – added orange juice and rind to batter, not topping!!

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it comes out great for you with less cinnamon-sugar topping than I use. What can I say, I can’t get enough :)

      I could totally see these bars being great with a hint of orange!

  44. I made these according to the instructions and although they didn’t turn out like the picture (the bar part of mine was much darker brown, and a bit flatter and doughier) my husband and I liked them SO much!  He calls them “cinnamon crack”!  Great recipe.  We will be making again.  Thanks!

    • Glad you are enjoying the bars!

      The type/brand of pan you use can really impact the color of baked goods, i.e. a dark nonstick, a light nonstick, aluminum vs. other metal pans, as well as oven and ingredient variances such as the exact shade of the sugar you use. It can all effect color and texture but glad the taste is great!

  45. Making mine as we speak. I didn’t have an 8×8 pan so I’m using my 6×9 baking dish. Going on 30 min now still batter. Eventually they will be done. The batter is delicious tho lol

  46. Your snicker doodle bars were amazing!! Any recipe of yours that I’ve tried never fails to be so yummy!!

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