Sharing this recipe for Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars. These easy Snickerdoodle bars are soft, thick and chewy, with swirls of the requisite cinnamon.

I love to bake and I love to eat baked goods. What I don’t love is the scale after I eat what I’ve baked.

So, I have to discipline myself and not keep baked goods laying about, especially when it is just Terry and me at home. I mean, I’m very happy to have a cookie or two, but I really have no discipline when it comes to several dozen sweet treats.

But…when my baby boy comes home I can let my inner baker fly because I can count on him to devour whatever is in the kitchen, of course after I’ve had my cookie or two!

Rob’s go-to, all-time favorite cookie is a Snickerdoodle. And while I love Snickerdoodles, the rolling of balls and then rolling those balls in cinnamon can get, well…tedious.

Baking dish of snickerdoodle bars

Enter the Snickerdoodle Cookie Bar! All the deliciousness of the Snickerdoodle without the work…let’s just go ahead and call them the Lazy Girl’s Snickerdoodle Cookie! ?

This Snickerdoodle Bars Recipe creates the classically moist treat that has the tang of Snickerdoodle (from the cream of tartar) and a ribbon of cinnamon. And while we are chatting cream of tartar …

What if I don’t have Cream of Tartar?

Yes, you can substitute baking powder for the cream of tartar and baking soda. In this recipe just use 1 1/2 tsp baking powder for the cream of tartar and baking soda combo. Just be certain that you don’t add the baking soda too! The end result will be more butter cookie bar flavored, but with a similar consistency.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

Yield: 16 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These easy Snickerdoodle bars are soft and chewy, with swirls of the requisite cinnamon.



  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 1 1/2 TB granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 TB cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Butter or spray with non-stick spray a 8 x 8 baking dish
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
  4. Combine butter and sugars and beat on high in an electric mixer for 4-5 minutes, until light and fluffy
  5. Gradually beat in eggs and vanilla into sugar/butter mixture until combined.
  6. Add in dry ingredients and beat just until combined
  7. Spoon half of the mixture into prepared pan, smoothing it out as much as possible
  8. Sprinkle 75% of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over batter
  9. Dollop remaining batter over the cinnamon-sugar mixture
  10. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar over the dough
  11. Bake 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  12. Cool completely for 1 hour before cutting.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 202mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g

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So, inquiring minds need to know…

Will you be able to enjoy your Snickerdoodle Cookie Bar just as is OR do you absolutely have to have an ice-cold glass of milk to accompany it? Honestly, I have a hard time enjoying Snickerdoodles, Cherry Oat Bars, Oatmeal Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies without a glass of milk!

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bar with glass of milk

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stack of snickerdoodle cookie bars

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  1. Shelley

    March 11, 2020 at 10:18 am

    The Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars sound like just what I’m looking for…should there be a 9.5 step of sprinkling the last 25% of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top before baking? (Or am I not seeing something…)


    • lynn

      March 11, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks so much for the heads up Shelley! I need to hire you for editing!

      It is fixed now.

      Happy Baking, Lynn

  2. Kathleen

    March 11, 2020 at 11:09 am

    These are awesome Lynn! We love Snickerdoodles too, but like you the rolling and sugaring can be tedious!! Plus it seems like you could almost serve this for breakfast! LOL!

    • lynn

      March 11, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      I do believe it is written that if it has cinnamon in it, it is breakfast food! AMIRIGHT?

  3. Debbie

    September 7, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    I made these for my family to take on a recent camping trip. Everyone LOVED them! I loved them so much that I contemplated making them again as soon as we got home, until I stepped on the scale! Ha! I’ll wait a couple more days…. maybe. Thanks, Lynn, for a delicious recipe!

    • lynn

      September 8, 2020 at 10:30 am

      Hi Debbie! I am beyond thrilled that these snickerdoodle bars made the cut for your camping trip! That is quite an honor. And as it relates to making a second pan…I only make them when my son is around or else I will eat too many as well. In fact, we will be going up this week to visit him for his birthday and I will take a pan for he and his roommates as they were a big hit the last time!

      Have a great day, my friend.



  4. Pam

    February 11, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    This was the first cookie I learned to bake in 7th grade Home-Economics class many years ago. This recipe is a big step up. WOW – Delicious!! Husband loves them too, and we agree they definitely work with coffee as a morning treat, reminding us of a very tasty coffee cake. The soft middle is so good! We hadn’t quite finished the first pan when I baked the second pan….half of which I passed along to our dear friends as a bonus dessert for them tonight. She’s now having some with a pot of tea. My go-to cookie normally involves chocolate in some way… there’s some competition!
    Thank you,

    • lynn

      February 14, 2021 at 7:28 pm

      Hi Pam,

      I am tickled pink that you and hubby love this as much as I do and even more tickled that you are sharing this tummy-yummy with your dear friends! Thank you so very much for writing this delicious review! It will help others find the recipe and enjoy these ‘lazy girl’ snickerdoodles!

      Many hugs,



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