These Joanna Gaines Cinnamon Squares are a decadent dessert that are impossible to say no to. They have a topping made of cinnamon sugar crumble and a center that is just the right amount of gooey. They are simple in their construction, requiring only cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and a few other common ingredients. They have a deliciously chewy texture, a supple feel, and an intoxicating aroma.
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Why You’ll Love This Joanna Gaines Cinnamon Squares
- These cinnamon bars are not excessively sweet, and each bite features a unique textural combination: a crunchy top layer of cinnamon sugar crumble and a gooey sweet cinnamon core.
- If snickerdoodles and blondies were to get married and have amazing offspring, this dessert bar would be heaven on earth.
- The making of these bars has no difficulties whatsoever. Before adding the butter mixture, the dry ingredients are combined. The next step is to transfer everything to the baking dish.
What Is Cinnamon Squares?
The aromatic spice known as cinnamon squares is harvested from the inner bark of various tree species in the genus Cinnamomum. There are countless sweet and savory dishes, breakfast cereals, snack foods, teas, and traditional foods that benefit from cinnamon’s aromatic condiment and flavoring additive qualities.
Joanna Gaines Cinnamon Squares Ingredients
- Vanilla Extract. Although I used organic vanilla extract here, I frequently bake with almond extract, which imparts a nuttier flavor. This is also a suitable alternative for the given recipe.
- Flour. This dish has only been tried and trued with all-purpose flour. If you need to avoid gluten or reduce the carb content of your diet, you can substitute coconut flour for regular flour in any recipe that calls for regular flour.
- Cinnamon. Can you believe there are so many different cinnamons out there? There’s cinnamon from Indonesia, Ceylon, China (in the form of tung hing and cassia), and Vietnam (in the form of saigon). Cassia cinnamon, also known as Chinese cinnamon, is what you’ll receive if you buy it from a store; it’s not really cinnamon, but it works wonderfully in this recipe because of its sweetness.
How To Make Joanna Gaines Cinnamon Squares
- Prepare a 9-by-9-inch baking pan or dish by lining it with aluminum foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides, and heating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use nonstick cooking spray or grease to spray the foil.
- Flour, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda should be combined thoroughly in a medium bowl, then set aside.
- Stirring occasionally, melt the brown sugar and 2/3 cup of butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Take the pan off the burner and let it cool down.
- Brown sugar and butter will be whisked together, and then eggs and vanilla will be added.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet in a saucepan and whisk until a smooth batter forms (be careful not to overmix the batter).
- Assuming a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, bake the batter for 25–30 minutes (I usually bake mine for exactly 30 minutes).
- Top the bars with the mixture of sugar, the remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
- To remove the bars from the pan, use the foil’s edges as handles, and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
- You’ll need a big pot to melt the butter and brown sugar together, and then you can stir in the dry ingredients without crowding the pan.
- Don’t overwork the batter by beating the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients after adding the brown sugar and butter. You can use a wooden spoon to gently fold the ingredients together instead of mixing them if you’re worried about overmixing the batter.
- If you cover your baking pan with foil and leave a 2-inch overhang on the sides, removing the squares will be a breeze.
- Try a new twist by switching up the filling for these bars. You can’t go wrong with buttercream or cream cheese icing. Melted chocolate or a chocolate ganache can also be drizzled or spread on top.
- You should wait until these cinnamon bars have totally cooled before cutting into them (no judgment if you dig right in though). The bars on the outside will have a crispier texture than the ones in the center, which will be uniformly gooey.
What To Serve With Joanna Gaines Cinnamon Squares?
- Jalapeno Limeade
- Big Red Ice Cream
- Peach Ice Cream
- Maple Syrup
- Bacon Jam
- Egg Muffins
- Fruit Salad
- Strawberry Syrup
- Peach Cobbler
- Whipped Cream
- Marshmallows Recipe
- Homemade Granola
- Orange Juice
How To Store Joanna Gaines Cinnamon Squares?
In The Fridge:
They will keep for about 4 days at room temperature if stored in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, but they will go bad much faster if exposed to moisture. It’s the secret to preserving their original texture, flavor, and freshness long after they’ve been removed from the oven.
In The Freezer:
Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then wrap them again in aluminum foil. After that, all you need to do is remove them, give them time to thaw and rise, and then proceed with the process of baking and icing. They can be stored in the freezer for approximately one month.
In The Oven:
Before serving, cinnamon squares by Janna Gaines should be allowed to warm up to room temperature. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for twenty minutes, or until fully heated.
In The Microwave:
Can I Leave Off The Cinnamon Sugar Topping?
Sure! This only gives an additional layer of sweetness, but include it in the recipe is not required despite the fact that it is highly recommended.
How Do You Keep Cinnamon Squares From Falling?
You can individually wrap each of your Cinnamon Squares in foil or saran wrap, and then place them in a freezer bag. You can also wrap the pan tightly if you want to keep them in the pan. This is an option if you want to keep them in the pan. We recommend using two layers so that you can be certain they are airtight. Perhaps cling wrap with an additional layer of foil on top, adhered firmly to the pan.
Joanna Gaines Cinnamon Squares Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
- Calories 294
- Total Fat 17g
- Saturated Fat 8.2g
- Cholesterol 3.3mg
- Sodium 198mg
- Potassium 66mg
- Total Carbohydrate 32g
- Dietary Fiber 0.8g
- Sugars 17g
- Protein 2.9g
- Vitamin A 0%
- Vitamin C 0.3%
- Calcium 9.2%
- Iron 4.9%
Nutrition Facts Source: Source
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 294
- Calories from Fat 156
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 17g27%
- Saturated Fat 8.2g41%
- Trans Fat 0.2g
- Cholesterol 3.3mg2%
- Sodium 198mg9%
- Potassium 66mg2%
- Total Carbohydrate 32g11%
- Dietary Fiber 0.8g4%
- Sugars 17g
- Protein 2.9g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.