Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

16 bars
50 min

While I love Snickerdoodles, the rolling of balls and then rolling those balls in cinnamon can get, well…tedious. Enter the Snickerdoodle Cookie Bar! All the deliciousness of the Snickerdoodle without the work…let’s just go ahead and call them the Lazy Girl’s Snickerdoodle Cookie!

This Snickerdoodle Bars Recipe creates the classically moist treat that has the tang of Snickerdoodle (from the cream of tartar) and a ribbon of cinnamon. And while we are chatting cream of tartar …

What if I don’t have Cream of Tartar?

Yes, you can substitute baking powder for the cream of tartar and baking soda. In this recipe just use 1 1/2 tsp baking powder for the cream of tartar and baking soda combo. Just be certain that you don’t add the baking soda too! The end result will be more butter cookie bar flavored, but with a similar consistency.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars
Recipe details
  • 16  bars
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 35 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 TB granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 TB cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°
Butter or spray with non-stick spray a 8 x 8 baking dish
In a small bowl, combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
Combine butter and sugars and beat on high in an electric mixer for 4-5 minutes, until light and fluffy
Gradually beat in eggs and vanilla into sugar/butter mixture until combined.
Add in dry ingredients and beat just until combined
Spoon half of the mixture into prepared pan, smoothing it out as much as possible
Sprinkle 75% of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over batter
Dollop remaining batter over the cinnamon-sugar mixture
Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar over the dough
Bake 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool completely for 1 hour before cutting.
Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle
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  • Helene Kellachan Helene Kellachan on Apr 16, 2021

    Although this recipe has a lot of flavor it is very dry and over baked .

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    • Beth Beth on Dec 28, 2021

      Perhaps you used a 9x13 pan instead of an 8x8. That would cause them to overbake and dry out.