Saturday, March 14, 2009

Snickerdoodle Blondies - UPDATED!

Well, it is already Game Night again! (Can you believe it? I can't!) Today I decided to try a new recipe on my guinea pigs (oops, I mean "guests")! I saw this recipe for Snickerdoodle Blondies from Jamie at My Baking Addiction and had to try it.

Snickerdoodle Blondies
(adapted from Dozen Flours)

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
a pinch nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and/or line a 9×13 inch pan. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and set aside.

2. In large bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar for 3-5 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla, and beat until smooth.

3. Stir in the flour mixture until well blended. Spread evenly in prepared pan cookiebatter-ish, so it’s best to spread it out with a greased spatula or your hands). Combine the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a little bowl. Evenly sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the batter.

4. Bake 25-30 minutes or until surface springs back when gently pressed. Cool before cutting. Makes 20-24 bars.

Notes: So, the flavor was terrific, but the bars were a little dry to me. I don't know if I over cooked them (I only cooked them for 25 minutes) or my eggs were too small or what. It just seems like I missed perfection with these by "that much". If anyone out there is a baker who could take a look at the recipe and give me a hint, I'd love to try it again...I was hoping for something more moist...maybe another egg would do the trick. ACTUALLY PUTTING IN TWO CUPS OF BROWN SUGAR INSTEAD OF ONE (OOPS!) SEEMS TO DO THE TRICK. WHAT A DORK! The flavor is so good, I am definitely going to be trying them one more time to see if I can get the texture I want. Jamie said these would be perfect with hot tea and I have to agree. I think if you were drinking a hot drink, they'd probably be perfect just the way they are...

So, now I can fully encourage you all to try these...they are really, really good!


momstheword said...

I am not a pro but maybe another egg might help. Seriously I have no idea. Or maybe adding a little vegetable oil? Seriously I'm no help but I try!

Erin said...

Hmmm...actually using TWO cups of brown sugar helps! I was so frustrated (because the comments on the other blog were uniformly positive) that I went over it step by step and I determined that I only put in one cup of brown sugar. I have another batch in the oven right now and I'm really glad that our newest game night participants are late!