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Snickerdoodle Bars

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Snickerdoodle Bars

Today is Baby Boy’s 5 month birthday. He celebrated by going to bed at 7pm (What a good boy!). We celebrated by having the rest of the Snickerdoodle Bars I had made earlier in the week using a delicious recipe Miss posted on her blog Miss in the Kitchen. Miss makes these cinnamon sugary delicious bars for her boys, so it seemed fitting that for this week’s Taste Test Thursday we share her recipe with you. Eating our Snickerdoodles, we reflected on our first five months of parenthood.

Four months ago we thought we would never sleep normally again. Newborns, for the uninitiated, wake up every 2 to 3 hours (if you are lucky!). They have no concept of time. They don’t care if its 3am and you have to get up for work in a few hours. They want to be changed, fed, and comforted. I can’t blame them.

Snickerdoodle Bars

Baby Boy was not collicky.  He was, and is still, a snuggler. There’s a difference. A collicky baby has an unknown reason for fussing, a snuggler does not, he knows exactly what he wants and that is to be held. And so he was. We know the books say not to spoil your child, but at one month old, even 5 months, we don’t believe they know what spoiling is. And besides, how could you not want to hold that cute little bundle of joy, resting so peacefully in your arms, even at 11pm?

**Rachel’s note: Can you tell we no longer have a newborn? Four months ago, at 2am, that cute little bundle of joy would evoke a “Could you get him this time? I just fell asleep 30 minutes ago because he kept waking up every time I put him in the bassinet. Pleeeaase!!!”)  reaction from his adoring parents. Back to Chris’ story…***
Snickerdoodle Bars

Putting Baby Boy down to sleep was like disarming a bomb. First, make sure the area is clear and secure. Next, make sure he is completely out. Then, ever so carefully and while holding your breath, gently lower him into his bassinet or crib.  Finally, after taking a very quiet breath, slowly extract yourself without setting him off. If you succeeded, congratulations, you can now go to bed yourself and get some much needed rest. If not, reset the clock and repeat.

Baby Boy goes down now, knock on wood, so much easier. He is over twice his birth weight, and is a tall little boy who loves to kick, kick, kick those legs. He can be put down drowsy and soothe himself to sleep at night. He’ll sleep until 2 or 3am before waking for a “midnight” snack, then promptly fall back asleep until 5:30 or 6. Getting an almost full nights rest feels wonderful, though sometimes it’s a little bittersweet. He doesn’t need us as much as he once did. He can put himself to sleep, he doesn’t need to be held and snuggled for hours on end.

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Five months have gone by very quickly. We’ve enjoyed watching our tiny newborn grow into a strong and inquisitive infant. He likes watching cars go by, he giggles as the dog does silly tricks, and he loves to stand on the table to dance and kick if you’ll let him (which we do). And we look forward to seeing him grown up even more, as bittersweet as it may be.

Snickerdoodle Bars


Recipe: Snickerdoodle Bars


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixer bowl beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat until combined. Add flour and baking soda and combine.
  3. Pour into a greased 8 x 11 1/2-inch baking dish, spreading into an even layer.
  4. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over dough.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Cool slightly before cutting into bars.

Cooking time: 20 – 25 minutes

Recipe from: Miss in the Kitchen

Snickerdoodle Bars


12 thoughts

  • Emily
    August 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Those look SO yummy! Snickerdoodle cookies are a longstanding favorite of mine. I may just have to try these bars out!

    • Chris
      August 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

      Thanks Emily! Snickerdoodles are my favorite too, next to chocolate. Hope you try these bars!

  • Jenna
    August 25, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I just stumbled this recipe- looks tasty! I love the twist on the traditional cookies!

  • August 26, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I can totally relate to your sentiments about the newborn baby! Doesn’t ever stage just fly by? Mine is almost one! I saw these bars on Miss’s site, now that I’m seeing them again, I remember how much I really want to make them.

    • Chris
      August 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

      Rachel, it feels like just yesterday we brought our little peanut home from the hospital. You are right, it goes so fast!

  • August 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Hey, making snickerdoodle bars have got to be the best way to celebrate a 5 month birthday! He sounds so adorable (would love to see a pic of you and your fam sometime!)

    • Chris
      August 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks Charissa 🙂 You can see a recent pic on our about page, from our recent vacation. Baby Boys first time at the Lake 🙂

  • August 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I’ll bet your baby boy can’t wait until he’s old enough to eat some of these tempting bars. I’m in the same camp as you – infants can’t be spoiled by being held too much. I did this with my two boys and am happy to say that, at 9 & 7 years, they still love to snuggle and are really good sleepers.

    • Chris
      August 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks Dara! It’s good to know that “tough love” isn’t necessary to have happy kids 🙂
      And it will be bittersweet when Baby Boy can eat dessert – because then it will mean I have to share! 🙂

  • August 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I love snickerdoodle cookies! What a great idea to turn them into a dessert bar!

    • Chris
      August 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks Erin! I think the bars are actually even better, hard as it is to believe, than cookie 🙂

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