In about two hours, I'm supposed to go running. I reaaaaally don't want to. Really really really really. It's hot. I tweaked my ankle at the beach today. I'm tired and sore from yesterday's workout. All I really want to do is sit and gawk at Pinterest. And then watch True Blood and gawk at Eric. Sitting and gawking are all I really feel up to right now. But I'm going to go. I'll hate every minute of it but I will go. Because once it's over, I will feel glad that I did-- I always do. You never really finish a workout and think, "Well, geez, I wish I hadn't done THAT." :)
The other reason I'm going is so that I can eat (at least) one of these snickerdoodle brownies. As I've said before, cinnamon doesn't top the list of my favorite flavors, but husband and daughter love it, so I do more with cinnamon than I would on my own. These smell fantastic, and I like that the base for the cookie has brown sugar in it. The smell has me thinking about fall...maybe when I get home from my run, I will gawk at fall recipes on Pinterest while watching True Blood...
(Adapted to be dairy-free from My Own Sweet Thyme)
Makes one 9x13 pan
2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup soy margarine*, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 Tbsps granulated sugar
2 tsps ground cinnamon
*I use Willow Run soy margarine to make this dairy-free. You can also use butter here.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 pan with Pam.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add the dry flour ingredients to the butter/sugar and mix until incorporated.
Spread batter into prepared pan. (This is a very sticky batter-- I had to fight with it a bit to get it spread evenly and into the corners of the pan.) Combine the granulated sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl-- mix well. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly over the batter. Bake for about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool. While brownies are still warm, cut into squares.