Maple Cream Snickerdoodle Bars
Maple Cream Snickerdoodle Bars

Maple Cream Snickerdoodle Bars

Recipe by: Adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff and Epicurious
Yield: 20-25 bars

These snickerdoodle bars pack a ton of autumn flavor in a tiny package. They’re quick and easy to prepare and perfect as a party finger food. You might want to double the recipe for a crowd, and make it in a 9 x 13-inch pan.

Snickerdoodle Bar Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 egg
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons white sugar

Maple Cream Ingredients:
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 cup chilled whipping creaming
1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring

Make the snickerdoodle bars: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan and create a foil sling: tear off 4, 16-inch long pieces of aluminum foil and fold them in half. Situate two side-by-side in the pan, covering the bottom of the pan to the edge (they will overlap). Situate the other two strips in the same manner, but perpendicular to the first. The overhanging foil of the sling will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after baking and cooling. Grease the foil as well.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt. In a separate large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix to combine. Add in the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. In a small bowl, mix together the 2 tablespoons white sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Sprinkle this topping over the top of the batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the snickerdoodle bars springs back when touched. Let these cool completely before removing them using the foil sling to a cutting board and cutting into 12 small bars.

Make the maple cream: Place 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the water and let it stand for 10 minutes to soften. In the meantime in a chilled mixing bowl, mix whipping cream and maple syrup on low speed. Microwave the gelatin for 15 seconds or so and then whisk to dissolve. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and add the gelatin and maple extract while continuing to stir. Continue beating the cream to stiff peaks. Chill the maple cream until it sets up a bit before mixing it gently to loosen, putting it into a pastry bag, and piping onto cooled snickerdoodle bars.

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16 Comments on Maple Cream Snickerdoodle Bars

  1. Liz
    October 28, 2014 at 7:03 am (8 years ago)

    I’d much rather eat beautifully garnished desserts than open a perfectly wrapped present. I think you have your priorities in order with these gorgeous bars!!! So glad you’ve joined us this month, Julie 🙂

  2. Zaza
    October 28, 2014 at 7:23 am (8 years ago)

    Beautiful bars, very nicely done!

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    October 28, 2014 at 8:01 am (8 years ago)

    haha, I’m not creative with costumes or wrapping paper either. I can definitely do bars like this though! So yummy.

  4. Diana
    October 28, 2014 at 8:22 am (8 years ago)

    Never heard about progressive dinner before, but it does sound fun! I wouldn’t mind having all these bars for myself though… They look so cute and yummy!

  5. Marci Johnson
    October 28, 2014 at 8:35 am (8 years ago)

    I also am a non costume person. I will put a witch’s hat on- every year- and that is it. I do love wrapping gifts through. Mine may not be perfect but I love the process. And I get so mad at manufacturers who create odd shaped boxes and packages. They are a nightmare to wrap nicely. it should be a requirement that everything be in a square or rectangular box shape!

    You may not be a gift wrapper- but your treats… to die for. I bet anybody would trade their gifts in heartbeat for these bars!!! Yum!

  6. susan // the wimpy vegetarian
    October 28, 2014 at 11:38 am (8 years ago)

    These are GORGEOUS! Absolutely perfect for a party. I’d forgotten about that tip of adding gelatin to hold whipped cream in shape – great reminder for that. It totally works. And yes, I often feel a bit overwhelmed by all the party preparations before the first guest has even arrived!!

  7. Barbara | Creative Culinary
    October 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm (8 years ago)

    The world maple alone makes me swoon; has to be one of my favorite flavors ever. I get my maple syrup from a Canadian friend and I do think I could guzzle it. Save me one please…I’m heading over! 🙂

    Really, thanks for participating with our party this month; now let’s all have a cocktail. Cheers Julie!

  8. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen
    October 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm (8 years ago)

    I usually love Halloween costumes, but this year I’m up to my ears in laundry with NO time to figure it all out. I hear you! These maple cream snickerdoodle bars?! Heavenly. Will you make them for me?? 🙂

  9. Jennifer | Bake or Break
    October 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm (8 years ago)

    These look so good, Julie! I’ve got a bit of a maple obsession going on these days, so these are right up my dessert alley!

  10. Jenni
    October 28, 2014 at 7:43 pm (8 years ago)

    This post Cracked Me Up! I am so the same–“oh, how precious and sweet. For *them.*” Ha! I’m a fan of dressing up myself and the house for Halloween, but any guests who come for parties expecting any sort of Decor are sadly disappointed! lol

    Love the bars with the sexy swoop of stabilized maple cream–way more important than elegant wrapping. =)

  11. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious
    October 28, 2014 at 8:50 pm (8 years ago)

    oh my god. I love absolutely everything about these. Snickerdoodles are my favorite but topped with maple cream?! Perfection!

  12. Jane, The Heritage Cook
    October 28, 2014 at 11:56 pm (8 years ago)

    Julie these bars are a beautiful little present, all wrapped up with the perfect maple cream bow! I would love to snitch a few while no one is looking, LOL. These treats are wonderful and would be perfect for any special occasion and holiday parties! 🙂 Thanks for backing me up this month, I really appreciate it!

  13. Amy | Club Narwhal
    October 31, 2014 at 11:37 am (8 years ago)

    Oh man, I totally hear you on the costume thing, Julie! It’s why I’m totally boring and am pretty much either Medusa (dollar store snakes bobby pinned to my hair) or a spider every year 🙂 And also, you sure know how to slay me on the dessert front because these babies need to be in my life ASAP!


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