Snickerdoodle Bars

5 from 3 votes

These Snickerdoodle Bars are like a moist sugar cookie bar filled with cinnamon sugar and topped with icing! It’s one of my favorite easy snickerdoodle recipes.

Made in a pan instead of on a cookie sheet, these bars are a combination of cookie and blondie. Because you don’t have to scoop and roll them, they’re SO easy to make!

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stack of snickerdoodle bars on cutting board

I love watching television. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. It’s one of the reasons I love the Fall so much: new shows. While my husband makes his Fantasy Football spreadsheets, I make my TV show grid. (Hey, a DVR can only tape two things at once!)

Of course the TV comedies (Modern Family, anyone?) and dramas (Grey’s Anataomy!) are my favorites, but I also love reality TV. I think I love the Housewives so much because it’s brainless TV. I can watch for five minutes and then pick it up again a day later without missing a beat. But when it comes to reality TV, I especially love the competition shows: Project Runway, Top Chef, Amazing Race, and Survivor.

Which brings me to the point of this rambling.

I also enjoy Twitter. Evenings seems to be a huge time for tweeting, so I like to tweet and read and share things then. So I’d like to do a little PSA to the celebrities out there who are on reality shows, especially competition ones.

8:00 pm Eastern time is NOT 8:00 pm Pacific time. When it’s 8:00 in New York, where y’all live, it’s actually on 5:00 pm here in California. Which means that when you, Jeff Probst or other reality competition host, are tweeting which tribe lost and is at tribal council, I have not seen the show yet. And knowing before watching who gets voted off (or is out or who packed their knives) kind of ruins the whole thing.

So now, while trying to figure out how to tape The Real Housewives, Amazing Race, and Sunday Night Football all at the same time, I also have to make sure I don’t go on Twitter.

It’s a good thing I can bake. Gives me something to do during these situations.

stack of snickerdoodle bars on cutting board

If you need something to do next time you’re avoiding social media and your TV, try giving these Snickerdoodle bars a try. I made them for a potluck and they were all gone when I went to clean up the dishes. Only crumbs were left, which is the best compliment for a baker. They are full of cinnamon and topped with a sweet glaze. Snickerdoodles without all the work!

This is a really easy bar recipe. The base is a cross between a sugar cookie and a cakey blondie bar. It’s full of sugar and butter, like a sugar cookie, but it also has 3 eggs in the batter which gives it more of a cake consistency. It’s moist and soft, but still chewy like a cookie.

You place about 2/3 of the dough in the pan and then sprinkle the entire thing with cinnamon sugar. The rest of the dough gets dropped on top and slightly spread, which gives the filling that wavy look. The bars themselves are yummy without the frosting, but the tops are a bit…shall we say…ugly. The frosting makes them so pretty….and really, everything is better with frosting.

I swear, these would be great with a cup of coffee for breakfast…or is that just me? 🙂

stack of snickerdoodle bars on cutting board

Tips for making the perfect Snickerdoodle Bars:

  1. I like these a bit under baked, but cook them as you like them.
  2. Don’t skip the frosting because it’s SO good on top!
  3. These are perfect for holiday platters – so easy to make because there is no scooping and rolling!
  4. These freeze well too – just place them in a single layer in a bag or airtight container and freeze for up to a month. (See my post about freezing desserts for more info.)

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Snickerdoodle Bars

These Snickerdoodle Bars are like a moist sugar cookie bar filled with cinnamon sugar and topped with icing! One of my favorite easy snickerdoodle recipes!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 24 -30 bars
Serving Size 1 bar



  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour


  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cream butter and both sugars with a stand or a hand mixer. Beat in eggs, then mix in vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Slowly stir in flour, mixing until combined.
  • Spread 2/3 of the batter in the bottom of the prepared pan. The dough is sticky and will make a thin layer. Spray your hands with cooking spray to help ease this process.
  • Combine filling in a small bowl, sprinkle evenly over bottom layer. Drop 1 tablespoon balls of remaining dough evenly over the top of the filling. Spread lightly with your fingers, it will not cover completely.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Cool one hour before glazing.
  • To make the glaze: whisk all ingredients in a small bowl, then frost the bars. Let set before cutting.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 842mg | Sugar: 20g

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

If you love snickerdoodles be sure and check out Trish’s Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles, which I can’t wait to try. Stephanie’s Snickerdoodle Apple Pie Bars are on my list too!

You can also see some of my favorite snickerdoodle recipes: Chocolate Chip SnickerdoodlesWhite Chocolate Snickerdoodle Gooey Bars, Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles, or my absolute favorite: Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles.

How far I’ve come:

snickerdoodle bars

Original Post: 2011

Photos Updated: 2016

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Last Updated on May 12, 2020

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  1. I saved this recipe a few years ago (2016?) but didn’t get around to making it until today. Fantastic! I had no trouble with either layer of batter, thanks to the world’s smallest & best offset spatula. It almost covered the second layer completely. Maybe next I’ll split the batter 50/50. I agree the icing puts it over the top.

  2. Just made these yesterday and OMG they are so delicious!! My family loves them too. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Yum these look incredible easy to eat
    can you try copying a dark subway cookie with white chocolate chips in pls
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  5. I just made these with a twist. Instead of the filling I put some cinnamon in them dough. I also spread the whole thing in the pan and chopped up some frozen cinnamon toast sticks and put them on top. Its baking right now and smells so good!

  6. Hi there, thanks for sharing the recipe for the snickerdoodle bars. I’m just catching up on my blogs. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris