Cinnamon is delicious, one of my all time favorite spices. I have been using Pinterest a lot lately for collecting new recipes, and organizing my polish collection. These cinnamon bars caught my attention because they are serious cinnamon bars. Unlike other cinnamon recipes which are usually some other flavor with a cinnamon swirl or topping, these are cinnamon all the way through. Another plus is they are extremely easy to make. You don’t need a fancy mixer, just a bowl and your hands. They seem a little on the plain side so I have been trying to figure out what to top them with? I did a few in my bar pan with some apple slices sprinkled with sugar. Next time I make these I am going to try a crumb topping. I did try making a powdered sugar drizzle with orange juice but it didn’t really add anything to the bars so I probably wouldn’t do it again.
I had a little goof while making these. The recipe calls for 1 and ¼ cups of butter, I put in one stick (which is only ½ cup) and ¼ cup of butter. ¾ of a cup. The funniest thing about it to me was when I poured in the melted butter and thought, “that seems like a lot of butter”. SO. What do I think? I don’t think it needs that extra butter at all, but next time I am going to try the full amount to see what I really think.
- 1 egg
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 ¼ cups butter, melted (or ¾ cup like I accidentally did)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- granulated sugar for sprinkling on top
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Beat the egg well
- Add in everything else and mix.
- Use your hands!
- Press into an 9x13 pan, it does not need to be greased
- Sprinkle the granulated sugar evenly over the top
- Bake for 15- 20 minutes, if it still looks greasy or wet on the top it needs more baking time
- Take out of the oven and let cool, cut into bars while still warm
- When they are cooled completely they can be stored in an airtight container
- If you want to try the apples on top take two apples, peel and core them, cut into thin slices, spread apples evenly over the top and sprinkle some more sugar on top. The only difference between the two is the apples make the bar really soft the next day.
She enjoys fresh pasta, creamy cheesy risotto, fresh churned gelato right out of the machine, and peanut butter cups. She absolutely despises cilantro and walnuts. Her favorite kitchen utensils are whisks and offset spatulas.
When she is not in the kitchen you can find her being lazy with her cats and polishing her nails.