Oh my goodness... These are probably the best bars I've ever tasted. If you like snickerdoodle cookies, you'll LOVE these bars! They are very easy to whip up (which is great when you have the urge to bake at 11:30 PM and you work the next morning!) and have a wonderful texture. The bars themselves are dense & chewy, with a nice crisp topping. My hubby (who doesn't eat many sweets, but usually enjoys a good snickerdoodle cookie) couldn't keep his hands off of these cookies!
SNICKERDOODLE COOKIE BARS (Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker)
Makes 24 bars
2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 extra-large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with butter & set aside.
Beat together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg, and then the vanilla. Beat, scraping the bowl, until thoroughly combined.
Beat in the cinnamon, salt, nutmeg & baking powder. On low speed, gradually add the flour until just combined.
Spread the dough evenly into the pan. Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the surface springs back when gently pressed. Cool completely before cutting. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.