Thursday, January 22, 2015

Snickerdoodle Cream Cheese Blondies


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oh WOW..... These cookie bars are awesome! These would sure be a nice treat on a hot summer day, I put mine in the fridge and eat them cold.  The cream cheese and cinnamon sugar are a good combination.  It is a small treat with a big punch.

The recipe comes from the cookbook  Lick The Bowl Good.  It is written by Monica Holland who also blogs at Lick The Bowl Good  Be sure to click on over to her blog and see her Snickerdoodle Cream Cheese Blondies in the heading of her blog.

I made these out of Monica's cookbook.  Be sure to pick up a copy of Lick The Bowl Good, Classic Home-Style Desserts with a Twist.  There is a picture for every recipe that was taken by Monica herself.  I am a big fan of  an illustrated cookbook and if you are too you will love this cookbook just as much as I do.

Snickerdoodle Cream Cheese Blondies
by: Monica Holland from the cookbook Lick The Bowl Good
Monica's blog:

Cream Cheese Filling:
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 C granulated sugar
1 large egg

Blondie Batter:
1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
3/4 t ground cinnamon
3/4 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 C unsalted butter, room temperature
1 C brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 t vanilla extract
2 T milk

Cinnamon sugar topping:
1 1/2 T granulated sugar
1/2 t ground cinnamon

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line and 8 x 8 baking dish with foil.  Lightly spray with nonstick baking spray and set aside

For the Filling:

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt, whisk together and set aside
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar, using an electric mixer at medium speed until light and creamy.  Add egg, vanilla and milk and beat until combined
  • Using a rubber spatula, stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture and continue stirring until no traces of flour remain.
  • Scrape half the batter into the bottom of the prepared pan and smooth it out to the corners
  • Pour the cream cheese mixture over the batter, then dollop the remaining batter over the cream cheese
  • Gently spread the batter trying to piece it together.  If the cream cheese peeks through that's okay, just cover the top as much as you can.
  • In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar for the topping.  Sprinkle the topping evenly over the batter.
  • Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
  • Cool completely before serving
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature
**note.... I did not have an 8 x 8 pan so instead I used a 9 x 9 pan and baked mine for 40 minutes.