Snickerdoodle Blondies & Round 1 of Back to School

by Jennifer Wieland

Today my oldest, Brandon packed up his car and left home for his junior year in college. I’m not an overly emotional mom. I don’t need to helicopter parent. I am more of a combination pushover and tough love momma. As in yes, I play both good cop and bad cop simultaneously at times. So while I don’t cry when he leaves or feel the need to go with him any longer when he moves out of our home, I still do get a bit choked up saying good-bye and watching him drive away to go back to school.

They just grow up so very fast! One minute your welcoming them into the world and the next you are shelling out a boat load of money and helping him buy stuff for the first house he is renting. I guess I am missing him more than usual though. Maybe it has to do with that he didn’t really have much time for us this summer. He’s older and has his own life. He had an internship this summer, wanted to hang out with friends he only sees when school is out and of course, spend time with his awesome girlfriend of almost 3 years. I get all of that. I really do. He no longer needs me in the ways he did as a child but, since I had him at 18 he has been the one constant thing in my entire adult life and letting him separate from me in that sense has been hard.

He kept trying to leave today and I kept coming up with something that made him stay just a little bit longer. I even went so far as to bake his favorite thing. I then made him wait while it cooled and then cut it up and wrapped it up for him. I made sure he has a nice dinner for tonight too. I wanted him to think of us when he was eating his dinner and dessert.

The little ones were all unhappy about him leaving too. To Ellie, her oldest brother can do no wrong. She loves him to the moon and back. ( I think it has something to do with him not beating her up like Jackson and Luke do.) Jackson followed him out to the car and just stood by the side of his car saying good-bye like 3 times all complete with fist bumps and high-fives. Mind you, he had also said good-bye multiple times in the house. Telling me and Brandon how much he would miss him when he left. Luke told him good-bye and I love you. For Luke, telling someone he loves them is major. The only ones that might ever get that are some of us he lives with and even then it is a special thing indeed.

Brandon leaving 13

So what is Brandon’s favorite baked goodie from me?

Snickerdoodle Blondies

Snickerdoodle Blondies
makes 18-24 depending on how they are cut

2 2/3 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. butter, softened
2 eggs
1/2 tbsp. vanilla
1/2 tbsp. sugar, topping
1/2 tsp. cinnamon, topping

Preheat oven to 350° and lightly grease a 9×13 pan.

Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Give it a stir to combine everything.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Add the flour mixture in two batches and mix until just incorporated each time. Scrape down bowl and give one quick final mix.

Spread evenly into pan. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl for the topping. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the dough. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes.

Let cool completely and then cut.

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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 4-20 so things are always crazy with everything from preschool, to autism, to college. She tries to bake, craft and blog her way through all of the craziness that life throws her way.

22 Responses to “Snickerdoodle Blondies & Round 1 of Back to School”

  1. 1
    Tammy says:

    Oh I bet these are delicious with a tall glass of cold milk. My sister’s boys and my dad would go gaga over them.

  2. 2
    Lora Horvath says:

    Yum!! Also….awww!!! Good luck Jen I hope the newest transition isn’t too hard!!! So glad I have a few more years…only a few!!!

    • 2.1
      Jen W. says:

      Thanks Lora. It is hard when they become adults and want to completely have their own lives. They have some nerve…lol. 🙂

  3. 3
    Lynsey Jones says:

    Your site makes me SO hungry! LOL Those look amazing.

    I am 4 years from college age and my heart already palpitates at the idea of her “going off” to college…. maybe I can convince her to go locally lol

  4. 4
    trisha says:

    You know what is funny, i wrote a post today about my 2 year old not growing fast enough!! LOL

  5. 5
    LyndaS says:

    Couple of things – what is he majoring in? (I have a daughter in college, wink, wink.) Also, those look delicious (just Pinned them!).

  6. 6

    This is so sweet. We looked at SCAD in GA over the summer, but I’m hoping my daughter goes to Ringling instead, so she will be closer. She wants to go to CA for a year and do the Disney intern program. I don’t know what I’ll do!!

    • 6.1
      Jen W. says:

      HE did good he is only three hours away. Close enough that we can visit and he can come home easily but far enough that he gets some independence form us.

  7. 7

    It’s hard to see them growing up but it’s a good thing. Especially when you add in a snack 🙂

  8. 8

    I hope Brandon has a super year of college!

    Those snickerdoodle blondies look AMAZING!

  9. 9
    Jenn says:

    Best of luck to him this school year!

  10. 10
    Marianna says:

    Those look delicious!

    I don’t know how I am going to handle it when my boys start going off to college. I’ll probably need some of those blondies while i cry on the couch. 🙂

  11. 11
    Stefanie says:

    Snickerdoodle blondies sound fantastic!!

  12. 12

    I’m going to try these for my husband … Snickerdoodles are his absolute favorite! As good as these look, I can understand why they are your son’s favorite!

  13. 13
    Marcie W. says:

    I think I’d go through college all over again for some of those scrumptious Snickerdoodle Blondies!

  14. 14
    Lolo says:

    Those brownies look amazing! I am going to have to make them for my son.

  15. 15
    Shell Feis says:

    Those blondies look amazing! I am totally making those soon.

  16. 16
    Courtney says:

    Kids grow up way too fast.. These blondies will help ease the heartache! YUM!

  17. 17

    Well, you know he’ll be home to eat… they all do that …lol

  18. 18
    Kathleen says:

    Awww. They really do grow up so fast. My oldest because a teenager this year! Those blondies look insanely good by the way!

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