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Cinnamon Blondies combine a dessert with a breakfast treat for a fantastic cookie bar! They are one of my favorite EASY blondie recipes full of brown sugar and cinnamon and topped with a cream cheese frosting. These are heavenly, and everyone asks me for the recipe every time I make them!
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Best Ever Cinnamon Roll Blondies
Do not underestimate these blondies. Yes, they look a little plain, and yes, they’re brown instead of golden. But what they lack in looks they make up in flavor – these cinnamon roll blondies are one of my all-time favorite blondie recipes.
You guys know me – I get inspiration everywhere, and when I thought about combining cinnamon rolls with blondies, I just had to try it. Breakfast meets dessert in these easy cinnamon blondies with cream cheese frosting, and, let me just say, it’s fantastic.
There’s something about the rich blondie and the warm cinnamon that is just…right. And then they’re frosted with cream cheese frosting! It’s like a cinnamon roll…in blondie form.
This recipe starts with my basic blondie recipe, which is my favorite bar cookie recipe ever. It’s got butter and two full cups of brown sugar in it. That makes them stay super soft and gives them a very rich cookie taste.
This recipe is from my cookbook: Crazy for Cookies, Brownies and Bars! You can order your copy here – you’re not going to want to miss this book.
Cinnamon Blondie Bars Recipe Video
Ingredients in Cinnamon Roll Bars
Butter: Softened unsalted butter is perfect for these bars.
Brown Sugar: Two whole cups of it!
Large Eggs: Makes them nice and chewy and helps them with that fudgy texture
Vanilla extract and Cinnamon: For flavor
Baking Powder: Instead of soda, we use baking powder for these, which helps keep them soft.
Salt and All-purpose flour: Regular blondie ingredients
Cream Cheese, Powdered sugar, Cream: To make the frosting.
How to make Cinnamon Roll Blondies
- Cream the brown sugar and ½ cup of softened butter in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or you can use a hand mixer).
- Add the eggs and one tablespoon of vanilla and beat well until combined.
- Mix in the cinnamon, baking powder, salt.
- Add the flour and mix until smooth.
- The dough will be sticky, so coat your hands with cooking spray and press the dough into the pan. The cooking spray will keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
- Bake the cinnamon roll cookie bars for 18 to 22 minutes. Be sure not to overbake the bars. You will know when they are done when the center is still jiggly. They will continue cooking in the pan and will set as they cool.
- For the cream cheese frosting, cream softened butter and cream cheese in a large bowl. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Add the cream and mix again. If your frosting is too thick, you can add a little more cream to thin it.
- Spread the frosting over the top of the cooled cinnamon roll cookie bars. Slice and serve!
Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray to keep the dough from sticking to them.
Blondies are done when they start to lose their glossy sheen. Cinnamon roll squares will still be a little jiggly in the center, too.
For the best fudgy brownies, don’t overbake them.
Store cinnamon roll blondies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Freeze the bars in a single layer in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to one month. If you love cinnamon, cream cheese frosting, and fudgy blondies, you will love these cinnamon roll blondies.
I can’t get enough of them when I make a batch – you won’t either! So, give them a try and fall in love as I did the first time I made them. They are simply the best. Enjoy!
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Cinnamon Blondies Recipe
- 2 cups (400g) brown sugar
- ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups (248g) all purpose flour
For the Frosting
- 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter, softened
- 4 ounces (112g) cream cheese softened
- 2 cups (226g) powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream or milk
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Cream brown sugar and ½ cup butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla and beat until combined. Add cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and flour and mix.
- Press into prepared pan (dough is sticky, spray your hands with cooking spray to avoid it sticking to your hands).
- Bake for about 18-22 minutes. (Be careful not to overcook – the center will still be jiggly when you take these out of the oven and they will finish cooking and firming up as they cool.) Cool completely before frosting.
- To make frosting: cream butter and cream cheese with a hand mixer until smooth. Slowly mix in the the powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add 1 teaspoon heavy whipping cream and mix until smooth, adding more as needed for desired consistency. Frost the cooled bars, then cut into squares.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze in a single layer for up to 1 month.
Cinnamon Roll Blondies combine a dessert with a breakfast treat for a fantastic dessert bar! Can’t wait for you to try them!
Last Updated on September 18, 2022
My son asked me to make these. They were such a hit, they were gone in 2 days so I had to make a second batch. Thx for the great recipe!
Great! Very dense, but that was expected. Your blondies & brownies never disappoint.
I’d just like to leave a message about sticky dough. I discovered this tip when I was breading baked zucchini chips using flour, beaten egg and Panko and Parmesan cheese on sliced zucchini. I use food-grade gloves and you can still spray the gloves with the cooking spray. I found that food doesn’t stick to them as it does to your hands. Besides, I hate washing my hands so many times a day without adding another washing. When done, take off the gloves and your hands don’t have that greasy feel.
That’s a great idea Shirley! I have sprayed my hands when making rice crispy bars but I still had some of it on my hands. I will remember when I am making these. They look yummy!
This recipe is so stinkin good, I have made it for work a few times, every time I do, someone asks for the recipe. If you like or love cinnamon rolls, you have to try it.
Wow, these were so delicious. I made these for my family yesterday and they are already gone today. That is how good they are and how much my family enjoyed them! My kids even wanted them for breakfast too! Thanks so much for the easy recipe, I will definitely be making them again!
Baked for 20 min. because of your warning. After they cooled discovered they were raw except the very edges. Had to spend time searching online for how to fix. The icing is too sweet! I used dark brown sugar maybe that made a difference.