Saturday, January 29, 2011

Snickerdoodle Blondie Bars

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

I found this fabulous recipe on Baking Bites blog.  I've gone back to this blog many times over the years and it is also the original source for my oatmeal bars, that I've tweaked a bit over time.  Baking Bites made this recipe in an 8X8 pan, I super sized the recipe for a 12X18 pan, but left the ingredients for the original smaller size as is, which tends to suit most families.

We now have another recipe to add to our "favorite" pile!

Snickerdoodle Blondies
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar + 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in salt, egg and vanilla extract until well combined. Add in flour and stir until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Pour dough – it will be thick – into prepared baking dish and smooth it into an even layer.

Stir together remaining 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tsp ground cinnamon. Sprinkle dough evenly with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until bars are set and the edges are just very lightly browned. Cool in the pan before slicing.


Weight Watchers: The ingredients for an 8X8 pan worked out to 60 PointsPlus.  These are not diet food bars.  I usually cut my 8X8 pan into 9 pieces which would be 7 points each. 

One of my long standing (small) gripes with Weight Watcher dessert recipes is that they are usually advertised with a low number of points.  It's when you check the serving size and realize that they manage to cut a small pan into 16 "bites".  If you have a sharp knife and will power, 16 servings of this pan would equal 4 points each.  I personally would rather have a real "bar" serving or none at all. 

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