Being the cookie lover that I am, how could I not love a blog called Secrets from the Cookie Princess, my assignment for August's Secret Recipe Club. Colleen started her blog in 2010 when she baked 163 dozen (163 dozen, yes that is correct) cookies for Christmas gifts. I often make cookies for Christmas gifts, but I have never baked 163 dozen. When I started my blog, I was making 18 dozen cookies for a church fundraiser, and my first few blog posts were cookie recipes so Colleen and I have that in common. Colleen's posts have very helpful step-by-step photos.
Although Colleen has branched out some and posted other delicious sounding recipes like her Crockpot Pork Tenderloin (Which I made for dinner today by the way. It was moist and wonderful and a great dinner to make on a hot day.), Mom’s Picnic Potato Salad, Enchilada Casserole and Mexican Rice, her emphasis is on cookies and other baked goods. That really pleases me, and I have added many new recipes to my ""must make" list. The great sounding cookie recipes are just too numerous to mention by name, but besides the recipes I am posting today, I have also made the Avalanche Bars. Delicious. I must also soon make the Glazed Donut Muffins.
It has been very hot here, and I really wanted to bake, so I wanted to make a recipe that was quick, easy and didn’t need a lot of time in the oven. I love Snickerdoodles so decided that the Snickerdoodle Blondie recipe filled the bill.
The only change I made was that I used the microwave and my large two-quart glass measuring bowl to melt the butter and mix in the sugar, eggs and vanilla. This does make a very thick dough that is best mixed with a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon. I turned the dough into a foil-lined baking pan and spread and patted it out with my clean hands. I cut my bars smaller, and got 40 bars from the pan. I transferred the bars to a zip-top plastic bag when they were cooled to keep them soft.
The brown sugar/cinnamon flavor really came through and the bars were soft, chewy and wonderful. I am sure I ate too many. If you like cinnamon, be sure to make these. Colleen, thanks for a great recipe.
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from Secrets from the Cookie Princess
2 2/3 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 c. butter
2 c. packed brown sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/4 c. white sugar
2 t. cinnamon
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and mix well. Place butter in a large microwaveable bowl, cover and melt for 3 minutes at 50 percent power. Stir to finish melting the butter, if necessary. Add brown sugar to butter and beat well. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until well blended. The mixture will be very thick. Transfer to a foil-lined 9x13-in. baking pan and spread and pat out to fill the pan with clean hands. Combine white sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the dough. Bake at 350 for 23-28 minutes. Allow to cool until just warm. Cut into bars. Makes 24 to 40 bars depending on the size you cut. Cool completely and transfer to a zip-top bag or other sealed container for storage.
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