The Betty Crocker Clinic
As I have mentioned before, I love me a good snickerdoodle. They are one of my favorite things to bake.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar + 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray. (Alternatively, you can double this recipe and use a 9x13 baking dish)
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in salt, egg and vanilla extract until well combined. Add in flour and stir until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Pour dough – it will be thick – into prepared baking dish and smooth it into an even layer- You will probably have to wash your hands and use your fingers to pat it down evenly.
Stir together remaining 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tsp ground cinnamon. Sprinkle dough evenly with cinnamon sugar mixture.
Bake for about 30 minutes, until bars are set and the edges are just very lightly browned. Cool in the pan before slicing.
** RECIPE NOTE ** If your bars are not turning out dense and chewy, it is because you are overbaking them. Everybody's oven is different- I recommend putting them in for 20 minutes and checking them every couple of minutes after that. Remember it is okay if they look slightly underbaked- they will continue baking when you pull them out of the oven.