These bar cookies are crunchy, lightly sweet and full of cinnamon flavor.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg yolk and vanilla until the mixture is smooth. Combine the flour and cinnamon, stir into the creamed mixture. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Brush the top with egg white and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Lightly press the pecans down into the dough.

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown at the edges. When cool, dust with confectioners' sugar and cut into squares.

Nutrition Facts

152 calories; protein 1.8g; carbohydrates 11.7g; fat 11.2g; cholesterol 28.9mg; sodium 57.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (14)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2010
I am absolutely shocked by the negative reviews. Obviously those folks didn't prepare them correctly. They are flaky crunchy - very similar to shortbread except cinnamon-y. I get RAVES anytime I make these. So don't let the negative reviews keep you from trying these!! These are not traditional cookies...they are supposed to be flaky crunchy NOT leavened ( so for heaven's sake don't add baking soda) Make sure they are pressed out evenly. And don't take them out too soon or they won't be crispy. They are not supposed to be overly sweet either..sort of like Mexican Wedding Cookies. The sweetness comes from he powdered sugar sprinkled on top. So if you want a super sweet sugary cookie...this is NOT it! But if you want to try something different and you love cinnamon and pecans...then give it a try!:-) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/10/2002
Sorry but I did not care for these bars they are much too sandy dry for my taste even though they were easy to make. You also forgot to list the vanilla in your ingredients. Read More
(5)
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2010
I am absolutely shocked by the negative reviews. Obviously those folks didn't prepare them correctly. They are flaky crunchy - very similar to shortbread except cinnamon-y. I get RAVES anytime I make these. So don't let the negative reviews keep you from trying these!! These are not traditional cookies...they are supposed to be flaky crunchy NOT leavened ( so for heaven's sake don't add baking soda) Make sure they are pressed out evenly. And don't take them out too soon or they won't be crispy. They are not supposed to be overly sweet either..sort of like Mexican Wedding Cookies. The sweetness comes from he powdered sugar sprinkled on top. So if you want a super sweet sugary cookie...this is NOT it! But if you want to try something different and you love cinnamon and pecans...then give it a try!:-) Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
THESE ARE THE MOST WONDERFUL CINNAMON-PECAN COOKIES- SWEET CRISP AND "CINNAMONY" VERY EASY FAST AND SCRUMPTUOUS! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/09/2002
Sorry but I did not care for these bars they are much too sandy dry for my taste even though they were easy to make. You also forgot to list the vanilla in your ingredients. Read More
(5)
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Rating: 3 stars
12/19/2007
Dry... but... does taste good. (Would make a good pie crust.) Read More
(4)
Rating: 1 stars
11/16/2004
these were awful! kind of like shortbread but very crumbly and not at all crunchy. Read More
(3)
Rating: 3 stars
12/12/2002
Nice flavor. Not too sweet and very flaky. Read More
(3)
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Rating: 2 stars
12/18/2006
I decided to give this one a shot in spite of the quasi negative reviews... The bars did not hold together well and were very dry. They also were not sweet at all. Maybe another egg and another 1/4c sugar would fix it? Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2015
These treats have been made in our family for 4 generations with a little variation from the recipe stated that might deal with some of those that were not wowed by what we have always called "cinnamon sticks". Our recipe calls for 1 1/2 softened sticks of butter/margarine and only 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. We never added the vanilla extract but I will give it a try on the next batch. Nor did we top with the confectioner's sugar. What I always found the secret to be was to really work by hand the prepared dough until it is very moist all the way through. I would then roll it out on the well-greased cookie sheet. Yes it will be very thin but as you press in the pecan pieces it rises up a little bit. Watch them closely turning your pan half-way through the cooking time to get an even browning. They can go from golden brown to well done very quickly so don't overcook. Slice them into rectangles while hot in the pan and then remove with a spatula and let them cool on wax paper. Read More
(3)
Rating: 2 stars
12/17/2010
These cookie bars are not as good as they sounded. I wonder what some baking soda would do. Read More
(2)
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