Cinnamon Roll Blondies are blondies with a layer of cinnamon-sugar mixture in the middle and topped with whipped cream cheese frosting. If these bars make you crave a cinnamon roll, try my homemade Cinnamon Rolls.

Stacked Cinnamon Roll Blondies

Cinnamon Roll Blondies

It starts with my blondies recipe, but I didn’t add butterscotch chips to the batter. Instead, I made a layered blondie with the batter on the bottom and top with a cinnamon-sugar mixture in the middle.  Then, I topped the bars with a homemade whipped cream cheese topping. It’s like a cinnamon roll in a bar form. To be more specific, it’s like eating the center of the cinnamon roll, the best part, that is loaded with cinnamon!

Adding Middle Cinnamon Layer to Cinnamon Roll Blondies

Cinnamon Roll Blondies Ingredients

There are three parts to this recipe–the blondies, cinnamon layer, and whipped cream cheese frosting.

Brown Sugar: You will notice that brown sugar is the only sugar used in these blondies (no granulated sugar). This gives the bars a great rich flavor. We preferred light brown sugar over dark brown sugar in this recipe.

Cornstarch: The cornstarch helps the bars have a light and chewy texture.

Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture: The buttery cinnamon and sugar mixture is the middle layer of the bars. As I stated above, it’s like getting to the center of a cinnamon roll in every bite!

Frosting: The whipped cream cheese frosting is the perfect complement to these bars.

Adding Frosting to Cinnamon Roll Blondies

Can I Freeze Cinnamon Roll Blondies?

Yes, you can freeze these bars. However, I recommend freezing them without the frosting. The frosting is easy enough to whip up when ready to serve the blondies. To freeze them, let them cool completely. Then, store them in a freezer-safe container for up to a month. Let them thaw at room temperature.

Stacked Cinnamon Roll Blondies Topped with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Cinnamon Roll Blondies

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 38 mins
Total Time 58 mins
Cinnamon Roll Blondies are blondies with a layer of cinnamon-sugar mixture in the middle and topped with whipped cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

Blondies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ¾ cups (350 g) light brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups (285 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Cinnamon Layer

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup (½ stick or 57 g) butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups (188 g) confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch kosher salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a 9×9-inch pan by lining it with parchment paper (or lightly grease and flour). (You could use a 9×13-inch pan for more servings, but the bars will be thinner.)

Blondies

  • Whisk melted butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until fully incorporated.
  • Add the eggs and the egg yolk, one at a time, whisking well after each addition.
  • Whisk in the vanilla extract.
  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.
  • Using a rubber spatula, gradually stir the flour mixture into the butter and egg mixture until completely combined. Set aside as you prepare the cinnamon-sugar layer.

Cinnamon Layer

  • In a small bowl combine melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix well.

Assembly

  • Spread half the blondie batter into the bottom of the lined baking dish. (The batter is thick.)
  • Evenly spread the cinnamon layer over the blondie batter.
  • Add the remaining blondie batter on top, spreading it out to the edges of the pan.
  • Bake for 35-38 minutes, or until the edges just begin to turn golden brown and the center is no longer jiggly.
  • Allow the bars to cool completely before adding the cream cheese frosting.

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Put cream cheese, butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla, and salt in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  • Mix on low until just combined. Once ingredients are all incorporated, turn the mixer on high and leave it for 4-5 minutes. Frosting should be light and fluffy.
  • Spread frosting over cooled blondies.

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