Simple and decadent cinnamon bars

These cinnamon bars are the perfect sweet treat to serve this holiday season. They are packed full of cinnamon, sugar and delicious flavor! It's all about easy baking when it comes to these cinnamon bars. A simple batter is made from a ton of butter, a ton of brown sugar, a ton of cinnamon and some other necessities, such as flour, baking soda, baking powder, etc. The batter is poured into a heavily greased baking dish that has been lined with foil and baked until the result is dense and sugary perfection. Top these bars with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar and make another batch, because these cinnamon bars will be gone in no time!

You guys know that I am ALL about easy baking. If it requires many days of recipe testing, many hours of research, and many days left in sadness because I seriously suck at baking most things, then count me out! I usually stick to the simple side of things: cookies, bars, brownies, the occasional pie whose crust I do NOT make from scratch. You guys get the point. The holiday season and I get along very well because cookies and bars are kind of a big deal, and cakes play second fiddle.

This is why these cinnamon bars are one of my favorite desserts to serve over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

These cinnamon bars should not be taken lightly, you guys. I mean this in every sense of the word. They are simple, but they are in no way light. I'm going to throw that out there right now. But hey, I have strong feelings about dessert being a dish of indulgence, and I find no reason to skimp. There is almost 4 cups of sugar in these bad boys and almost 2 cups of butter, so break out those fat pants. You're going to need them.

I hope you guys love this recipe as much as I do. Pair these cinnamon bars with either a stout or spiced ale. Both are magical pairings.

Cinnamon Bars

  • 3 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.

Cinnamon and Sugar Topping

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a 13x9in. baking dish with foil or parchment paper, leaving enough overhang so that the cinnamon bars are easy to pull out later. Spray the foil with a nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar and butter. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat and stir constantly until both ingredients have melted, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  4. To the saucepan with the butter and sugar, add each egg, one at a time. Make sure to fully incorporate each egg before adding the next. Whisk in the vanilla extract. Pour it into a large bowl, and slowly add the flour mixture. Fold the ingredients together until moistened.
  5. Pour the mixture into your prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside on a wire rack to cool slightly.
  6. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping. Drizzle the melted butter onto the cinnamon bars and spread with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture on top.
  7. Let the bars cool completely at this point. Once cool, remove the bars with the foil overhang and cut into bars. Store at room temperature for about 3 days.
  8. Enjoy!

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