Snickerdoodle Bars

Snickerdoodle Bars are loaded with delicious spices and drizzled with a sweet vanilla icing. They’re perfect for dessert, or with your morning cup of coffee.

If you follow MBA on a regular basis, you may have noticed that things have been a little quiet in my neck of the woods. While I’d love to say that I’ve been away on an amazing tropical vacation, that’s so far from the truth, I could actually get a little weepy about it. I’ve been stuck here in frigid, snowy Ohio packing all the things in our house.

Guys, packing is for the birds. We’ve already filled a storage unit near our new home and our current house has been taken over by boxes, bubble wrap and strips of packing tape hanging from random places. Add in a crawling baby that is obsessed with boxes and tape and it’s pretty much a recipe for a disaster-laden disaster with a disaster filling. People told me packing was easy, so clearly they’re all a bunch of liars because it’s the worst! I’ve decided that if we ever move again, we’re hiring a crew to do it.

Although my kitchen is in shambles, I am still managing to whip up a little deliciousness here and there. And let me tell you , there’s nothing like a sweet treat amidst chaos and bubble wrap. I have long been obsessed with all things snickerdoodle. From snickerdoodle cookies and snickerdoodle cake to these bars, I just can’t get enough. And since I have a full on obsession with pumpkin pie spice, I swapped my homemade blend in for the typical cinnamon. It adds a whole extra layer of depth that will surprise people – and what’s baking for other people without their accolades, amiright?


Along with packing, I may be eating my feelings about how stressful all of this. Forget healthy January, you guys. Ain’t nobody in this house got time for that. Snickerdoodle bars packed full of spicy flavors and a delectable sweet glaze is where January is at. If you’re with me on this, make these babies immediately. I promise, the cold, wintery landscape outside will seem much more bearable after a bite or two.

Photo Credit: Emily Caruso of Jelly Toast

Snickerdoodle Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes


2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (I used Challenge Butter)
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Filling
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon homemade pumpkin pie spice

For the Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper or spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Add in sugars and beat for an additional 2 minutes. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined. Turn the mixer to low speed and gradually add in dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.

4. Spoon half the batter into pan and use an offset spatula to spread evenly. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle the pumpkin pie spice mixture evenly over batter.

5. Spoon teaspoon size amounts of remaining batter evenly over pumpkin pie spice mixture.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

7. In small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the bars.


Bars will store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

If you do not have pumpkin pie spice, simply sub in one tablespoon of cinnamon.

Recipe slightly adapted from Betty Crocker.

20 Responses to “Snickerdoodle Bars”

  1. Medha @ Whisk & Shout — January 22, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Yum! I love snickerdoodles and I love that these are in bar form! I love bars because they’re less time-consuming than shaping cookies, but just as totally delish :)


    • Jamie — January 23, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Medha!

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 23, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Mmm I love how chewy these look! Delicious!


    • Jamie — January 23, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Katrina!

  3. Maria — January 23, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I share your pain as I am packing as well. Who told you it’s easy? It is not easy.. This is our third move in 2 years and hopefully our last for a long while. Meanwhile I haven’t fully packed up my kitchen yet and these look great. Best of luck…hang in there!


    • Jamie — January 23, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Maria! :)

  4. Sammie — January 25, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I have never eaten a Snickerdoodle! Shame on me, I know, but you have inspired me that it’s time to get baking my own (using your recipe). And well done for making and posting this recipe in the middle of freezing chaos!!


    • Jamie — January 26, 2015 at 9:36 am


      That’s great to hear! Have a wonderful day!


  5. vicki — January 30, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    OMG – I just made these for a super bowl party this weekend — and they are fantastic! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I’ll be making another batch tomorrow because I’m sure this batch won’t be around by morning!


    • Jamie — January 31, 2015 at 10:02 am

      I am so glad to here you enjoyed the recipe – thank so much for reporting back!

  6. maude — February 8, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Hi, can I ever relate to your moving dilemma! I moved cross country, moving from soup to nuts to cars on the moving trucks. I so empathize with you. just remember how hard it was to pack when you are unpacking. good luck in your new home & with your family. maude


    • Jamie — February 9, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks so much, moving is tough! I appreciate your worlds of encouragement and good wishes, thanks for stopping by.


  7. Jacqueline {Go Go Go Gourmet} — February 20, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Yes, packing is the worst EVER. I told my husband the same thing- next time we move I am not touching a single box! Happy to report that unpacking is way easier (minus having to figure out how you are going to get rid of all the boxes and packing material!) These bars look great, can’t wait to try them.


    • Jamie — February 24, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Thanks so much for visiting!


  8. Megan — February 28, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Hi, I just made these, and am now in the torturous “waiting for them to cool” stage. They smell wonderful. I had to use way more than half to get them to cover the 9 x 13 pan, though. Next time I might bump up the recipe by a third.


    • Jamie — March 1, 2015 at 9:26 am

      I’m glad you got the chance to try these. I hope you enjoyed them. Thanks for visiting.


  9. Ana — April 11, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Just made these today. They’re delicious! Adding pumpkin spice is a nice twist to the classic snickerdoodle.


    • Jamie — April 15, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Thanks for stopping by.


  10. Karl — September 26, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    What is the meaning of the word ‘Snickerdoodle’? 

    On another note, can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks nice and easy and delicious! 


    • Jamie — September 30, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Hi, Karl! I believe the origin of snickerdoodle is German. I hope you enjoy the bars!

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