Dear Mr. Head of Housing Maintenance,

I am a girl on the verge.


Not only do I have two pelvic stress fractures that are currently preventing me from doing the one thing that is most important to me in this world. (Running.)

But I can’t have sex either.  Not that I would be having sex seeing as how there is no one to have sex with.  But there is something incredibly claustrophobic about the idea that even if I wanted to.  I couldn’t.  I am a strong, virile, twenty-something female GODDAMNIT.  With functional ovaries!  (Okay maybe not after the multiple pelvic x-rays that I’ve endured.  During which they tried to cover my ovaries by placing a one and a half inch round circular pad just under my belly button.  Not where the ovaries are people.  Not even close.)  And I would LIKE to have the option of using them!


So when I say to you that baking is all I have in this world.  That, to quote Bethenny Frenkel on her wedding day, “CAKE IS MY LIFE!”  (She was referring to the fact that she couldn’t drink or fit into a normal size dress on her wedding day (isn’t premarital pregnancy a bitch?) and so the only thing that was keeping her going was her slice of red velvet wedding cake.  Bethenny Frenkel.  You speak to me.  I cried when you said this.  I understand.)

You’d better believe I’m not kidding.

Because it’s been seven days, nineteen hours, and twenty-three minutes since I’ve been able to mix flour, sugar, butter, and eggs together.  Throw them in the oven.  And pull out a miracle.

And my fingers are starting to itch.

Scratch that.  Burn.

And well. Think about it this way. Not to threaten you or anything.  But I have a set of beaters that have been lying dormant in my cabinet.  And I know how to use them.

Like I said.  Girl on the verge.

Right here.

Fix my oven.  Or else.

Oh and PS.  You see these snickerdoodle blondies?  These bites of cinnamon-sugar heaven that I baked weeks ago and thankfully had stored up in my recipe backlog, just in case of apocalyptic events such as this?  These bars that you absolutely will not be able to have just one of because when the nutmeg hits, it will get you so high that you will fiend for more?

These are what you’re missing out on.  Think about it.


Snickerdoodle Blondies
Serves 24, adapted from Brown Eyed Baker 

2 2/3 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 350.  Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and grease.  Set aside.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl.  Set aside.

3. Beat together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.  Add in the vanilla.  On low speed, mix in the flour/dry ingredients until just combined.

4. Spread the dough evenly into the pan.  Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.

5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the surface springs back when gently pressed.  Let cool on a wire rack.  Cut into squares and serve.

This is my submission to this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging, which is being hosted by Laurie of Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska.


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99 Responses to Snickerdoodle Blondies

  1. Sanem says:

    Joanne I love the way you write. Another great post and a delicious recipe. I hope you feel better soon.

  2. MMMMMMMMMM snickerdoodles!!!! reminds me of afterschool snacks! full of sugar to get you through your homework. =D

  3. Shannon says:

    hmm, can’t get a bun in either oven? lol. maybe i missed something, i was very confused when i got to the end of the post. maybe the snickerdoodle blondies distracted me 🙂

  4. girlichef says:

    Ha!! You poor thing…how long is it gonna take you..and your oven..to heal again!? These look awesome!

  5. Marisa says:

    No oven? Yikes. Shame on you for tempting me with these brownies though, because my oven works just fine and I can guarantee that I’ll be racing home tonight in order to whip up something to satisfy my sweet tooth. And it’ll be all your fault.

  6. Giovanna says:

    Ha ! Who knew you could be so personal with the Head of Housing Maintenance man, I’ve got it, maybe he’s cute and you could start a relationship with him!!! Then your oven would work all the time and you wouldn’t have to worry about times like these!

  7. newlywed says:

    Omg, those blondies look amazing! I LOVE snickerdoodles.
    As for everything else…ugh, my condolences! Perhaps all of your readers ought to start e-mailing your landlord constantly? That could get annoying, right?

  8. It’s tea time here….and these blodines are perfect!

  9. Dawn says:

    I am so very sorry about your pelvis. Hopefully the snickerdoodles take all the pain away. They sure would make me feel better.

  10. Biren says:

    Oooh…those blondies look good! If only I can have a slice now.

  11. These photos are divine – once again! I hope he finds this letter and gets his ass in gear – you need that thing fixed! These snickerdoodles may just be better than sex?! Mmmmmmmm!

  12. Kristin says:

    Oh my these look delicious! I have never had a blondie before but those look good!

  13. Ameena says:

    Sorry about the lack of an oven…and running…and sex! My gosh you are going through way too much withdrawal at once!

    I hope that you froze some of these awesome snickerdoodles and you can at least enjoy those as you get through your days. 🙂

  14. Even the meory of these will get you through Joanne:D

  15. I hope your oven is fixed soon. I had to laugh about the Bethany Frankel paragraph, pregnancy is a bitch.

    These blondies look sensational, I love the cinnamon and sugar, a little bit of spice and everything nice.

  16. Mary says:

    These will help you get through the day. What a treat! I hope they fix your oven soon. After all, a gal who has given up so much has to bake. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  17. I’d be homicidal without my oven, too. If I didn’t have a fix-it husband, I might have had to resort to worse things. Very Carrie Bradshaw way of writing. Too funny. I need to drop some pounds, so I can only sniff the screen and wish I could eat just one of these. Having a food blog and needing to lose weight isn’t a good combo. These look amazing. Heal fast. Both you and your oven.

  18. RV says:

    oops. hope it is fixed soon. btw, What a irresistible blondies they are..

  19. I love how you make us all laugh in the face of your adversities! When it rains it pours, dammit, and they’d better get your oven fixed soon if THEY know what’s good for them and I’m talking the Universe here!

  20. Kim says:

    Broken pelvis and a broken oven…how is a girl suppose to cope with that?

    These snickerdoodle blondies look out of this world. I’ve been wanting to make them for months and months but I’m afraid I’ll eat the entire pan by myself! One day I’m just going to bite the bullet and make them. (Hopefully someone will share with me)-LOL!

  21. I love blondies and these look great. Awesome pics. Hang in there…it will all work out in the end.

  22. I’d be banging on someone’s door that’s for sure! These look so delicious Joanne, I’ve been wanting to make blondies for a long time and haven’t done it. I’m bookmarking your recipe.

  23. Bob says:

    Oh kid, that’s a tough situation. I’ve been in similar ones myself (although without any concern for ovaries), with both ovens and sex and I know how you feel.

    On the plus side those blondies look wicked good!

  24. Eliana says:

    These blondies have been makin the rounds like it’s nobody’s business. I must make them PRONTO!

  25. Juliana says:

    Oh! No oven…that is terrible! But the blondies sure look fabulous…would love to have a piece of it right now!

  26. blondies looks yummy…very beautiful

  27. Katerina says:

    Now I get it. You are trying to destroy my diet. I knew this is what you had in mind. How can I loose 1.5 kilos with these awesome blondies? And they contain all my favorite ingredients.

  28. Ahh this looks heavenly. I’m still laughing about the ovary protection they thought they’d be giving you. Let’s hope you’re still fertile. Although, I saw a couple today with male factor infertility so.. that’s another thing to worry about. Terrible that you have no oven. Make some ice cream? Cereal milk flavored? Oh and the compost cookie? SUCH a winner. Also, I have a cupcake for you. Holler.

  29. Julie says:

    just sayin but i think the snickerdoodle blondies would be better then sex…

    …i hope you get your stove fixed soon.

  30. i could totally relate to bethany too! so sorry about your stress fractures-yikes! take care of yourself and recover……

  31. elra says:

    delicious treat for Monday, they look divine Joanne 🙂

  32. This post is hilarious! It seems ridiculously unfair to have both your pelvis and your oven give out on you at the same time. The question is, if you could only have one, a fixed pelvis or a fixed oven, which would you pick?

  33. Mari says:

    LOL you always make me laugh! I really missed you on Friday! and it was funny too because we ended up hanging out with some med students at the bar which made me think you of you EVEN more lol

  34. Pam says:

    I feel your pain… I couldn’t imagine life without my oven. The blondies look simply divine.

  35. These look scrumptious. So sorry about your multiple problems- I hope everything gets fixed soon. Take care of that pelvis- you’ll need it someday!

  36. RamblingTart says:

    Oh Joanne, I’m laughing so hard. 🙂 I know I’ve told you this a kajillion times, but I adore you, your writing, your outrageously marvelous personality. Sending wishes for a healed back, fixed oven, and fabulous man all of your own very, VERY soon. 🙂

  37. Martha (MM) says:

    These look so scrumptious! You even make me want to bake again and you know that’s not something I do often. Sure hope your oven is repaired soon!

    You are just having o issues. If we delete that letter from the alphabet maybe all the problems would just go away – no? No, then you’d just have v trouble – your ven and varies would still be an issue.

    It’s a good thing I’ll be going back to work in a couple of days isn’t it?

  38. Nicole, RD says:

    I don’t think I could make it that long, either 🙂 Love pulling out miracles from the oven!

    The blondies look awesome!

  39. Cristie says:

    Good thing you have a sense of humor, you do seem to laugh your way through life. You can’t buy that kind of personality. Love your bars, always on the hunt for new and delicious bar cookies.

  40. Faith says:

    Snickerdoodle blondies? Oh my. I think I need these right now. (Do I need to have a reason why cake is my life, lol? 😉 )

  41. these look sinfully sweet.

    hope you’re having a lovely day!

    xo Alison

  42. These look delicious! Yummy!

  43. wow cool great fusion sweet

  44. tigerfish says:

    Hope you are up there and running already….

  45. Amy says:

    Too funny…I just sat down to write my weekly post and it’s along the same vain. Sort of. I feel ya on the need to bake. Thank goodness I’m not injured. I’m also still able to run, which is what allows me to bake – my metabolism is not that of a twenty-something anymore, ahem.

  46. Suman Singh says:

    enjoy reading your post every time..those blondies looks splendid..

  47. Jess says:

    You had me at snickerdoodle.

  48. grace says:

    it’s a shame that you can’t make another batch of these magical bars this instant. fortunately, i can. and will. not to rub it in, of course. 🙂

  49. Elizabeth says:

    Joanne, I just discovered your great blog. I can sympathize. For some reason I chose to bake Mrs. Rombauer’s shortbread on the hottest day of the year, in my sweat lodge (aka Upper West Side kitchen). What is it about heatwaves that causes me to BAKE? Resistance is futile: I must make your Blondies . . . thanks!

  50. And see… I always thought a Snickerdoodle had peanut butter in it. Look what you learn!

    Well, I think these just look fantastic. I’ll have to make a batch of these when I go to my next dinner party.

  51. Aw I hope your oven gets fixed really soon!! That sucks. 🙁 These snickerdoodle blondies definitely do not suck though.

  52. Kristen says:

    You are still without an oven??? It’s time to see if CSN sells industrial sized toaster ovens!!! Either that or you need to find out where that maintenance man lives and start stalking him. Enough is enough!!

  53. Debinhawaii says:

    how frustrating–on so many levels! 😉 how everything gets fixed soon. The brownies look amazing–you may have to go get an Easy Bake Oven to get you through. 😉

  54. It pains me that you are suffering from these fractures! I hope the x-rays show improvement. And your oven – these scrumptious blondies would do it for me! I’d have your oven working like a dream.

  55. i won’t miss running 😀 eheheh…will a mini toaster oven help?

  56. Tessa says:

    Here’s to hoping your oven and stress fractures get fixed soon! It always sucks when you can’t do/cook something you really enjoy!

    P.S. These bars look great! Hope you can make them again soon =)

  57. Kelsey says:

    i love bethenny’s show btw lol. she was so precise about the cake “must taste just like the restaurant cake we loved” !! the wedding planner was sweating bullets 😛

    haha love the comment from Debinhawaii. go for the easy bake oven!

    these blondies really do look incredible!!!


  58. abigail says:

    yikes! take care of yourself!

    those blondies look delicious.

  59. sweetlife says:

    I saw that episode and nealry peed, how funny…but what cahnges? my life is still alla boaut cake? great blondies…hoep they fix your oven, girl you are on the verge!


  60. that’s what everyone says?! what’s he waiting for? i have no idea.

    today: me: oh okay, i’ll talk to you later (he called me while he was driving home- yelled at me coz i blew out of the office adn didn’t give him a chance to walk me to my car) i gotta take a shower too..
    him: oh you gotta shower TOO?! sweet! WE CAN TAKE A SHOWER TOGETHER! (at the same time)
    me: ahahha YESSSS. wait, you’re not home yet. how am i supposed to know?
    him: i am home. you hop in first, i’ll meet you in there.

    yes. this is how he talks to me now.

    re: nut free august…i regret EVER SAYING THAT! i bought 2 new bananas…and i have no almond butter…and i want some right now. it might be a RAW NUT FREE august because i think that’s what’s messing up my digestive system. OR MAYBE NOT! ALMOND BUTTER FOR EVERYONE!!!

  61. I’ll take these over sex. Shhh. Don’t tell my husband that. Although I think he’d agree

  62. Ana Powell says:

    Hi Joanne
    I am a Elra`s Cooking Blog follower and I was reading her latest post with a link to your Blog.
    Nice to be acquainted.
    Great work, lovely recipes and and funny introductions, sorry to hear you are unwell.
    I hope you get better soon ?

  63. You still don’t have an oven?! And you can’t have sex?! I don’t know which is worse!

    Just focus on the memory of these bars that look absolutely divine and you’ll get through it!! Somehow…

  64. You can always try steaming!

  65. Damn, girl. You need a gigantic piece of chocolate mousse cake served on the six-pack abs of a hot fireman. 😉

  66. Barbara says:

    What? No oven AND no sex??? What’s a girl to do with her spare time then?
    I hate to think of you just looking through your old draft folder. If I were you, I’d find something delicious to pig out on…you’re in NYC for heaven’s sake…there are TONS of divine places to find treats to make yourself feel better. Go for it.

  67. Swathi says:

    Snickerdoodle Blondies looks awesome. Sorry to hear about your O issues. I can’t say don’t worry. I know how hard it is.

  68. My hands are itchy too. After injured my right elbow, I had stopped making bread. Grrrrr….! Your snickerdoodle blondies sounds so unique! They look absolutely gorgeous! 😉

  69. Hmmm it’s pack with spices. I bet it smells so good. Sorry about your oven.

  70. Gulmohar says:

    Perfect they look…gorgeous and elegant too

  71. Stella says:

    I’m going to think about it! Hey, that top photo made me want to eat this. I find it hard to get photos that are really appetizing. I mean a pretty photo is different from an appetizing photo. Yeah…
    Anyway, these look great, and I’m rooting for your ovaries’ health (smile)!

  72. Ty'sMommy says:

    Oh GAWD Joanne! I’d be beating that man’s ass if he doesn’t fix the oven soon!

  73. Megan says:

    I’ve got TWO sets of beaters and I know how to use them, too. Just to back you up, of course.

    Get that man to fix the oven!

  74. Yosha says:

    Looks delicious! I’ve never made/had blondies. This seems a non chocolate spice version of a brownie eh? Hmmm…

    Oh wow! No stove? I feel your pain. Though the last little bit I couldn’t imagine turning on the stove (heat + humidity = crazy hot kitchen + frizzy hair! Sigh) But at least I had the option of turning it on. It’s all the options isn’t?

  75. Kris says:

    I WANT THESE! The whole batch! yummmm

  76. so sorry you’re having your troubles, but I’d say these yummy treats go a long way in making things better.

  77. Those blondies would be so wonderful with the coffee I am drinking. I’ll just have to imagine. I’ve had my oven go out, too, and it was the pits. And it was at Thanksgiving when I needed to roast the turkey. I took it to my neighbor’s who has two ovens. Maybe you have a nice hunky guy neighbor who would share his oven?

  78. Mary says:

    You’re a hilarious writer! Love it – had a good laugh!

    And snickerdoodles… ohh, you found my soft spot!! A must try!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  79. Mimi says:

    I step away from your blog for a couple of weeks and you lose your oven and your cell? WTF?!!

    If it makes you feel any better I broke a burner on my crappy electric stove. I know how you feel. Kind of.

    P.S. your ovaries are scaring me. 😀

  80. Chef Dennis says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your oven, and your pelvis….at your age you should be having such a great time you wouldn’t even notice you had an oven….I remember those days….sigh….now I’m so old the oven is the highlight of my day…
    I’m sending positive thoughts your way…..I hope you feel better soon and your oven is fixed soon!

  81. Carolyn Jung says:

    Frankly, I think these snickerdoodle bars look BETTER than sex! LOL

  82. Cynthia says:

    Aww I can’t believe you still haven’t gotten your oven fixed yet! Should I write him a nasty email and threaten to stuff him in the freezer? As for the whole sex thing, apparently women hit their prime in their 40s so don’t worry you still have another chance! These are making me drool…I need to eat something sweet but considering I just went to the gym that would make me feel incredibly guilty…fruit it is 😉

  83. Katie says:

    Those look incredible. Bookmarked for a later nom noming.

  84. Monet says:

    Joanne…how do you keep up with all of these comments? Wow! And then on top of your thriving blog, you can also create these wonderful recipes. I love snickerdoodles, but I prefer the chewy thickness of blondies. It looks like I’ve found my recipe!

  85. How can you be such a talented blog writer, without oven, mobile and with this pelvic fracture problem? I am all impressed 🙂 And these blondies look absolutely delicious!

  86. Justin says:

    sorry for the late reply on this — the bars look good. so sorry to hear about the other stuff. that is really rough.

  87. Lori says:

    I’m still laughing as a write my comment. 🙂 I do hope that injury heals soon. It has to be frustrating not to be able to run.

    These look so good. I love Snickerdoodles and a new recipe will give me the excuse to try them in a different version.

  88. Chris says:

    Your sense of humor, even when on the brink of celibate madness, makes my day!

    Your injury sounds painful and hope that it heals soon. I normally run on a soft path and cross country path. Monday night I ran on a crappy high school hard track and my left thigh is still sore.

  89. Laurie says:

    You definitely are a strong twenty something year old woman.. I hope the housing maintenance dept. got the message!

    I was just thinking about making snicker doodles for the kids.. I might try these instead!

  90. Cindy says:

    this is hysterical. we need to get you an oven … or a working pelvis … pronto.

  91. I’m sorry so many things have been going wrong but you are awesome even so. I wasn’t able to have sex for 3 months for medical reasons and my boyfriend was going insane haha. Love your description of baking, especially pulling “miracles” out of the oven. This is the type of cookie that was destined for translation into bars. They look awesome and I hope you get to working miracles and running again soon!

  92. Taylor says:

    I just moved and totally know how you are feeling…I haven’t been able to bake in days and its driving me crazy!!! I hope your stress fractures heal quickly…I’m a runner too and know how awful it feels to not be able to run. At least you have your cake 🙂

  93. Oh yum. Such tempting treats! Thanks for gracing WHB with their deliciousness!

  94. Johanna GGG says:

    these bars look like a miracle – turning a cookie I am not that interested in into a blondie that I have to have – glad the oven is back up so these sort of miracles can continue to come out of it

  95. I recently made a Snickerdoodle Cake from Barbara Bakes and now, I plan to make your Snickerdoodle Blondies.

    Does this make me a copycat?

    Did you get my message on Regional Recipes?

  96. Kevin says:

    Cinnamon-y, snickerdoodle-y blondies sound so good!

  97. Kerstin says:

    My mouth is watering looking at these pictures – yum!! I hope you can run again soon too. I get frustrated when my knees hurt and I’m not nearly as much of a runner as your are, so I can only imagine how hard it is!

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