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Snickerdoodle Blondies

Snickerdoodle Blondies

Isn’t “snickerdoodle” a fun word? It’s even more fun when it comes out of the mouth of a two year old. “Stickernoodle.” “Stinkergoogle.” You get something different every time. I first spotted this recipe at My Baking Addiction a couple of months ago, and have whipped up a batch of chewy cinnamon-sugar deliciousness at least five times since. They are easy to make and even better than that – there’s a good chance you already have everything you need to make them! The only thing you’ll need to wait for is your butter to soften and your eggs to warm to room temperature.

Snickerdoodle Blondies
Yield: 20-24 Bars
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter (room temperature)
2 eggs (room temperature)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For topping:
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a 9×13″ pan.
2. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together brown sugar and butter, beating for 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, then vanilla, beat until smooth.
4. Stir in the flour mixture until well blended.
5. Use a lightly greased spatula (or your fingers) to spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
6. Combine the granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until until the surface springs back when gently pressed. Cool before cutting into bars.

Recipe Credit: My Baking Addiction

S’mores Bars

S'mores Bars

My love affair with S’mores has been a long one, but it hasn’t always been pretty. During a family camping trip, I suffered an unfortunate marshmallow related injury that left a little scar on my cheek for years. Looking in the mirror this morning, I could find no trace of it, so I suppose all is forgiven. Besides, who could resist the combination of graham crackers, gooey marshmallows and chocolate? Not me.

For most of my life, S’mores were reserved for campouts. Then I discovered that you could make a passable S’more in the microwave. Year round, nearly instant gratification. Then I saw a recipe for S’mores Bars in Family Fun magazine and the rest is history. While good out of the oven, we thought these were even better the next day.

S’mores Bars
Yield: 24 Bars
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 bag (11.5 oz) milk chocolate chips
1 large (14 oz) jar marshmallow creme

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9×13″ pan.
2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, combine graham crackers, flour, salt, baking powder. Add to butter/sugar mixture, beat well.
4. Spread half of dough mixture into greased pan.
5. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the dough.
6. Using a spatula, spread marshmallow creme over the chocolate chip.
7. Top with remaining dough mixture. This can be a bit tricky (or sticky!). Try flattening the dough between two pieces of waxed paper before laying over the top of the marshmallow creme. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect, or you have a few gaps.
8. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars. Or don’t, but in that case, you might need a spoon.

Adapted from Family Fun