This is one of those desserts where people are like…
“Oh, wow! What did you make?”
Translation: “Oh, she only made cookie bars.” (disappointment)
And I’m like, “Oh, just some cinnamon chocolate bars.”
And they’re like, “Hmm….that sounds good!” (obvious skeptism)
And then they try them and are like, “Mmmmm!!!”
Then I smile. Yes, they are just cookie bars. They take no skill to make. But they are SO good, and that is SO a win!
Cinnamon Chocolate Bars. Uniquely delicious and a go-to-dessert in my family. Seriously…we all make them, all the time.
The base of this dessert is a buttery, cinnamony cookie bar. Then you take the whites of an egg and paint it across the cookie base that’s been pressed into the pan. Sprinkle all of that with some sugary, chocolate sweetness and stand impatiently by the oven.
The egg whites and topping do an amazing thing when baked, creating this crispy, crunchy texture that makes these bars downright irresistable.
We make these for gatherings. We make these to share with others. Heck, we make these just to devour at home…the entire pan (well at least I do).
Simple. Unique. Fabulous.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup butter (or margarine), room temperature
- 2 eggs (save one white in a small dish for topping)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup chocolate chips (or 1/2 cup chips and 1/2 slivered almonds)
- To make cinnamon bar; beat sugar, butter, eggs (reserve one white) salt, powder, and cinnamon until fluffy. Add flour. Spread into a greased 9x13 pan.
- Using a fork, beat reserved egg white until slightly foamy.
- Using a brush, paint egg whites across the entire pan of dough.
- To make topping; toss cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over dough that has been painted with egg whites.T hen sprinkle top with chocolate chips and nuts (if using).
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Dessert will be done when edges begin turning brown and center is puffed up and sturdy.