Baking with Grandma

I’m a grandma.

Of course, since I am a grandma, that means I have a perfectly adorable and very special grandchild, which means in my case, a beautiful little girl.  She’s almost three, and of course, she’s as special in intellectual aptitude as she is in the beauty department.

Since she has attained such a great age, it’s obviously time to introduce her to the beauty of baking.

In summer.

During a heat wave.

In the South.

Sanity obviously does not run in our family.

To be honest, I did consider making no bake cookies, but…I was a bit shy in the peanut butter department.

So what did we decide to make?

Snickerdoodle blondie bars!

Snickerdoodle Blondie Bars

Snickerdoodle Blondie Bars

I’d never heard of such a thing, but to be honest, entertaining a 2 yr old who is going on 3 does not leave a lot of attention for cookie baking, especially when you are out of practice.  Yeah, I remember doing it when I had a toddler…but I’m a lot…more experienced, shall we say?

I also get tired and injured.  I’d already had a head trauma incident, I was hoping to stay off the casualty list for the remainder of the day.  Bars, with a single 25 minute baking time, sounded like a great idea.

Besides, her parents timed it perfectly, arriving just as they went into the oven.  That meant that when they were heading home, they took half the batch.  (Great for our waistlines too.)

So what did I think of them?

They were good…but a bit bland for my tastes.  They did taste a lot like snickerdoodles, but the cinnamon flavor was not very intense.  The texture isn’t soft like a brownie, nor is it crispy like a regular snickerdoodle, but somewhere in between.  Cut into small squares, I can see these being popular with the younger set (like the granddaughter) with their not-too-sweet, mild flavor.  They’d also make great lunchbox desserts, as well as afterschool snacks.

I thought they were pretty good with milk.

Snickerdoodle Blondie Bars

  • 2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cinnamon Topping
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°.

Sift flour, powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture.

Spread evenly in a lightly greased 9×13″ pan. Combine the cinnamon and sugar together to make the topping. Sprinkle mixture on top of the batter.

Bake 25-30 minutes. Cook slightly.

Cut into bars with a sharp knife while the Snickerdoodle Blondie Bars are still warm.


About giascott

Writer, blogger, cook, grandmother, mother, wife, radio personality, outdoor enthusiast, dog enthusiast, crafter, artist, and part-time nut~~I've earned a lot of t-shirts in my day! I'm one of those crazy independent women who can cut down a tree, build you a shed, sew you a dress, cook your dinner, make some soap, pitch a tent, build a fire, catch some fish, dig in the garden, chase a kid or two, write you a poem, paint you a picture, and a dozen other things...just don't ask me to sing! I'm also embarking on a relatively new portion of my life, one of being disabled. I'm learning some lessons along the way about a lot of things too.
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