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Monday, July 28, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars - best frosting! | WhatchaMakinNow.com

I took advantage of our vacation time to bake a few treats, including these Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars. I'm a  pretty big fan of Cinnamon Rolls anyway so when I saw my fav in a bar WITH cream cheese frosting it had to happen.

I loved these bars. We kept them in the refrigerator because of the cream cheese frosting and I really liked them chilled. The bar is not overly sweet so the frosting make it a perfect treat.

I may or may not have had one for breakfast....cinnamon rolls are breakfast so why aren't these bars?


Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars - best frosting! | WhatchaMakinNow.com


Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars - best frosting! | WhatchaMakinNow.com

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars - best frosting! | WhatchaMakinNow.com
Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars - best frosting! | WhatchaMakinNow.com

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

Bars
2 1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 tablespoons powdered milk
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup light-brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3 tablespoon sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese, softened
8 tablespoons salted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar (more/less depending on desired consistency)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 9 x 13 pan. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and powdered milk. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until pale and fluffy (couple minutes). Scrape down sides of bowl to ensure all is incorporated. Add in eggs one at time, followed by the sour cream and vanilla.

Lower speed on the mixture and gradually ass the dry ingredients to the wet and mix to combine. Place dough in prepared 9 x 13 pan. The dough will be fairly thick - use your fingers to gently press the dough evenly into the pan.

Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let bars cool completely before adding frosting.

For the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter until pale and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Make sure to scrape down bowl to ensure all is incorporated. Add vanilla and mix to combine. With the mixer on low, gradually add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Continue to mix until fluffy - add additional powdered sugar for desired consistency. Spread frosting evenly over bars.

In a small dish, use a fork to mix the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture over bars. Cut into bars and serve. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Source: Cooking Classy

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