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Soft and gooey, Cinnamon Swirl Snickerdoodle Blondies. Made with nutty browned butter, salted apple butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Then mixed with chunks of cinnamon that melt into wonderful swirls. Just before baking, sprinkle the blondies with a little cinnamon sugar for that classic Snickerdoodle finish. And the true secret here? Sweet apple butter. It’s what keeps these blondies incredibly flavorful, soft, gooey, salty, and so delicious. Great to bake throughout the holiday season!

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I’m probably about to annoy many of you, but I’ve entered into my happy, excited holiday cooking and baking zone. These are the recipes I LOVE the most all year long. I work so hard to share only the most special ones each and every season. So I’m jumping up and down with excitement to share these!

And these cookies! Or blondies!! I love them. A mix between a chewy, sweet Snickerdoodle and a thick blondie bar.

Perfect for Thanksgiving, or for packing up to fill this year’s holiday cookie boxes!

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The details

Step 1: make the cinnamon swirl

This swirl is what makes these blondies so special. It’s just brown sugar mixed with butter and cinnamon. Exactly what you’d roll a cinnamon roll up with.

Now crumble the cinnamon into chunks and then freeze. It’s not fancy at all, but adds a sweetness that’s unique and special to this cookie.

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Step 2: make the cookie dough

While the chunks freeze, make the cookies.

Start by browning the butter. This gives you the flavor of browned butter and leaves you with a cookie that has great texture too. Shocker, I know, I added browned butter, but it makes the cookies just that much better.

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It’s worth the extra step.

Then add brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix together, and add the dry ingredients – flour, baking soda, and salt.

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Step 3: swirl and bake.

At this point, the cinnamon chunks should be frozen and ready to use. Mix them into the cookie dough and spread the dough out into a baking dish. In classic Snickerdoodle form, sprinkle the top of the dough with cinnamon sugar.

I do a light sprinkle. I didn’t want the bars to be overly sweet. Bake them up until they are barely set on the edges and gooey in the center. A little underdone is best!

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Step 4: slice, eat, and enjoy!

Not a traditional blondie bar, but so much better! The result is a perfectly chewy, gingery, blondie with rich notes of cinnamon and vanilla.

We couldn’t love these easy snickerdoodles more. The cinnamon swirl really makes them special. Hope you guys love these just as much as I do!

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Looking for Christmas cookie recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Chewy Frosted Cinnamon Swirl Snickerdoodles

Easy Slice ‘n’ Bake Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Chewy Brown Butter Pretzel Pecan Cookies

Soft Gingerbread Latte Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

Lastly, if you make these Cinnamon Swirl Snickerdoodle Blondies be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Brown Butter Cinnamon Swirl Snickerdoodle Blondies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 24 bars
Calories Per Serving: 217 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Cinnamon Swirl



  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
    2. To make the cinnamon swirl. In a bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Line a small baking sheet with parchment. Crumble/tear the cinnamon mix over the baking sheet, creating small chunks. Freeze for 10 minutes, until firm.
    3. To make the snickerdoodles. Add the butter to a skillet set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Pour the brown butter into a mixing bowl.
    4. To the butter, add the brown sugar, apple butter, egg, and vanilla, Beat until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips and 2/3 rds of the cinnamon chunks.
    5. Spread the dough into the prepared dish. Press the remaining cinnamon chunks into the dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until the edges are just setting and the center is still doughy. Let cool
    6. Cut into bars, snack, and enjoy!
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  1. Sorry one more, my chocolate chips and butter chunky melted when I folded them in. Should I let the brown butter cook longer in the future?

  2. Hi Tieghan, I’m getting ready to make a batch of these tomorrow and to say I’m excited would be an understatement. Before I do so, is there anything you would do differently with them than when you first posted this recipe?

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe! The kitchen smelled AMAZING!! Made this for my 18-year old daughter and her girlfriends. The literally swooned when they walked in the door! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    sub for the apple or maple butter? or ok to skip that ingredient?

    I love that this is 9×13 and smart idea to freeze the swirl. im making tonight for my husband to take to his work for Christmas lunch.