All the flavor of cinnamon rolls, minus the work! These bars are too good to resist.

All the flavor of cinnamon rolls, minus the work! These bars are too good to resist.

Enter these bars with a bold pop of cinnamon flavor and tangy cream cheese frosting. They deliver the flavors of cinnamon rolls in an easy bar form. That’s my kind of dessert.

It’s an easy recipe to memorize because everything is ‘one’. In the 1 bowl used, melt 1 stick of butter, stir in 1 egg, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1 cup flour, and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. We used 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) of cinnamon for a bold burst of cinnamon flavor, but if you’re more sensitive to cinnamon reduce to taste.

Serves: one 8×8-inch pan, 9 to 12 generous squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 to 24 minutes

Total Time: about 2 hours, for cooling

Ingredients:

Blondies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons cinnamon (I use 3 but reduce to taste if you’re sensitive to cinnamon)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Frosting

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened (lite okay)
  • 1/4 cup (half of 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • cinnamon, for garnishing

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