Cinnamon Roll Bars

Cinnamon Roll Bars

April 21, 2020 | by Shannon | Jump to Recipe

If you like brownies and cinnamon rolls, then these Cinnamon Roll Bars are for you!

These bars combine the fudgy texture of brownies with the warm spice of a cinnamon rolls. 

Absolutely amazing.

The Secret Ingredient

The secret ingredient that makes these bars so irrestistable is Crisco.

I’m not usually one to bake with Crisco or vegetable shortening—unless it’s pie crust we’re talking about—but in my efforts to conserve ingredients like butter, I’ve been experimenting with other pantry staples I don’t use quite as frequently.

Like Crisco. 

I actually did try making these bars with butter, and though still delicious, the texture is just not the same.  With butter, these Cinnamon Roll Bars are more like a cookie bar.  But with Crisco, they transform into cinnamon brownies.

Remember that scene in The Help (2011) when Minnie tells Celia that Crisco is a miracle product for just about anything imaginable?

Well, I’m not going to tell you to go rub some Crisco on your face, but when it comes to these bars, it’s definitely Crisco all the way! 

My Recommendation Tool

I highly recommend using an offset spatula to spread the Cinnamon Roll Bar batter into your baking dish.  It’s a really thick, creamy batter, and an offset spatula will help you spread it evenly and quickly, something you just can’t do as precisely with any other tool. 

Offset spatulas are literally lifesavers! I love using mine whenever spreading cake batter, or frosting cakes and cookies. If you don't have one, click to view or purchase my favorite offset spatula! [aff. link]

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A Treat to Look Forward To

Make these Cinnamon Roll Bars as a delicious dessert to look forward to, or enjoy them as a sweet mid-day pick-me-up during these long days at home. 

And if you’re like me, you may even find yourself sneaking a bar or two for breakfast before your four-year-old wakes up and gets you in trouble… 😆❣️😋 

5 from 2 votes

Cinnamon Roll Bars

My Cinnamon Roll Bars have that delicious cinnamon roll flavor in brownie form! Imagine the fudgy texture of a brownie with the warm spice of a cinnamon roll, and you’ve got these bars!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Refrigerate30 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 18

Ingredients

For the wet ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Crisco or vegetable shortening, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla

For the dry ingredients:

  • 2 2/3 cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp cinnamon

For the icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • dash of salt

Instructions

Mix the wet ingredients

  • To a large mixing bowl, add the Crisco/vegetable shortening, sugar, and brown sugar. With a hand held or stand mixer (or your hands and a good silicone spatula), beat until the sugars incorporate and the mixture is light and fluffy, about a minute.
  • Now add the eggs, vanilla extract, and canola oil. Beat until these incorporate into the sugar/vegetable shortening mixture, and the batter gets thick, smooth, and creamy, about two minutes.

Add the dry ingredients

  • Now add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to the bowl. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet until completely incorporated, but be careful not to over mix!

Refrigerate the dough

  • Grease a 9x13 inch pan, and using an offset spatula, spread the batter evenly into the pan.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Bake the bars

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • After you have refrigerated the dough for 30 minutes, the bars are ready to bake!
  • Bake the Cinnamon Roll Bars for 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean, and the top is firm.

Make the icing

  • While the Cinnamon Roll Bars cool, make the icing.
  • In a medium sized bowl, add the powdered sugar, vanilla, almond milk, and salt. Whisk together with a fork until the icing is completely smooth. The consistency should be thick but pourable.
  • If the icing seems too thick, add just a touch (a little goes a long way!) more milk. If the icing seems too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.

Ice the bars

  • Let the Cinnamon Roll Bars cool for five minutes, then ice them as desired. I’ve iced the top of the bars completely before and it’s delicious!
  • But these bars are absolutely gorgeous if you do a light drizzle of icing over the top. I just dip a butter knife in the icing and move the butter knife in a zig zag pattern over the bars so the icing falls in a zig zag drizzle on the bars.

Serve and enjoy!

  • Let the bars cool for at least 15 minutes, then cut in squares and serve!

Notes

An offset spatula will make spreading this thick batter into the pan super easy. Here’s my favorite on Amazon! [aff. link]

I’m Shannon, thanks for visiting!  When I’m not on an adventure with my little girl, I’m developing plant-based recipes or watching a Classic Film!

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. David @ Spiced

    5 stars
    Haha! I have totally snuck food from our 4-year-old here, too. I’ve grabbed a handful of chips and snuck around the corner to eat them before he notices. I suspect I’d be doing the same thing with these bars! (In truth, though, I would be glad to share!) I absolutely love all things cinnamon and cinnamon roll, so the thought of a chewy cinnamon roll brownie bar is making my mouth water – and it’s only 6:30am here. I suspect this might become a baking project with the little guy soon!

    1. Shannon

      Haha yesss! So glad you can relate David! 😆 I should probably be a better example with my breakfast choices, but when these bars are in the house, I can’t resist sneaking one or two before my daughter notices!

  2. Rick Gould

    As soon as the stay in place is lifted in MI, I’m making these and bringing them to my Mom. She’ll love them!
    Rick

    1. Shannon

      That is so so sweet, thank you for your kind comment Rick! Hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy!

  3. Wow these look and sound amazing, I love cinnamon. These bars look so soft and fudgy.

    1. Shannon

      Thank you so much Emma! These bars are certainly the perfect treat for lovers of cinnamon and fudgy brownies! They never last long at our house haha. 😆

  4. Katerina

    5 stars
    Combining the cinnamon roll and brownie flavours has got to be the best idea EVER! I don’t use vegetable shortening at all but you might have just convinced me to add it to my next shopping list! Another winner!

    1. Shannon

      Thank you Katerina! Oh I know, vegetable shortening is something i basically never use haha (with the exception of pie crusts!) It’s crazy how much it contributes to the fudgy texture in this recipe though, so now I’ll definitely be using vegetable shortening on a regular basis. 😆

  5. Jeff the Chef

    Cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite things, so I’d love to get them in a much-easier-to-make bar form. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Shannon

      Thanks so much Jeff! I am the exact same way. This recipe has been the perfect way to get my cinnamon roll fix without having to roll out any dough. 😆

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