I love snickerdoodles. My Grandma Foust used to make them for me and my dad, and they were our favorite. (Here's her recipe.) So when I saw a Facebook post from my friend Ann the other day with a recipe for snickerdoodle bars, I knew I had to try them. Since it's almost Christmas and I am in full-on baking mode, I decided to make some today for an after-school treat for my boys. They were really easy to make and use basic pantry ingredients, so they can be thrown together anytime. I'm happy to report they were a big hit! I'm thinking of making another pan to send to school for the teachers!
Hat tip to my friend Jessica, who made these adorable mustache mugs for my boys, and even made Luke's especially for a lefty!
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 cups flour
Mix of 1 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon and 2 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Greas a 9x11" baking dish. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer (I used my stand mixer), cream the butter until fluffy. Add the sugars and continue to cream. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add eggs and vanilla. Beat for 1-2 minutes. Lower speed and add baking powder and flour.
Spread half the batter in the pan, and sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top. Use a spoon or small ice cream scoop to drop the remaining batter over the top of the cinnamon sugar. Carefully smooth out without mixing the cinnamon-sugar into the batter. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool completely. Whisk together the glaze ingredients and drizzle over the bars. Enjoy!