This recipe is for anyone who loves the taste of a warm, gooey cinnamon roll but doesn’t have the time for such a long process. There are no confusing or peculiar ingredients to hunt down at the grocery store. With any luck you’ll already have everything you need in your kitchen! The base of the bars is a classic, cinnamon blondie with an added twist of a cinnamon roll filling layer. These bars are incredible and I promise that anyone you share them with will be in awe.
The only thing to be careful of is baking your bars for too long. You don’t want to wait until the batter is completely cooked through to take the pan out of the oven. A toothpick stuck in the center should draw out some sticky crumbs. The reason for baking these less than your average cookie or blondie is that you want the bars to be gooey and sticky like a cinnamon roll. No one likes a dry cinnamon roll!
Adapting a Recipe as You Go
Sometimes when following a recipe, you find that things don’t look quite right and you need to adjust as you go. Its important to trust your own instincts as you’re baking rather than blindly following a recipe. There are so many factors that can make things different from one baker to another so its not uncommon to need changes.
The inspiration for these blondies came from this recipe that I found on Pinterest. I made some changes from the start, like eliminating the almond extract and adding the classic cinnamon roll cream cheese glaze. But as I was mixing in the flour, I realized the batter was already thick enough before I had reached the amount the recipe called for. Rather than adding it anyway and risking the bars being too dense and dry, I cut the flour short and they came out perfectly.
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Cinnamon Roll Filling
- 1/4 cup butter (melted)
- 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- Cream Cheese Glaze
- 2 Tbsp butter (melted)
- 2 oz cream cheese (softened)
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 F and line an 11x7 pan with tin foil.
- Cream butter and then add in sugars and cream until light and fluffy.
- Add in 1 egg at a time and beat well after each addition.
- Mix in vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add a bit at a time to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined.
- For the filling, use hands to mix together melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Spread half the blondie batter into the prepared pan.
- Then evenly drop cinnamon roll filling all over the layer, and top with remaining half of blondie batter.
- Bake for until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out slightly sticky. Cool in pan until sturdy enough to cut.
- Stir together all ingredients for the cream cheese glaze and drizzle on top of the bars.