Remember that time when…

…I started posting more recipe posts than regular everyday posts? I swear this blog will not turn into a food blog. But since it’s the middle of Winter, not much is going on in my life. Cooking and baking are the only blog-worthy things going on right now. I play with Eva, clean the house, exercise, do work for my dad, read, watch TV, and cook. If I’m lucky and the weather isn’t bad, there are trips to Target or Sonic for a drink. Until my life gets a little more exciting and the weather warms up so we can get out, this is what you have to look forward to here on Silver Linings. But, PS, I hope you guys are actually trying out some of these great recipes!

Here is one more recipe for you tonight. A new girl in my ward had a birthday today, so I tried these bars out and sent them her way. And maybe save one for myself. (I promise, Mom, I’m not overeating… I know these recipes are making you nervous.)

They are your basic sugar cookies, but in bar form. Easy as pie. No, actually, easier than pie.

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Sugar Cookie Squares


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 recipe vanilla frosting, recipe found here.
  • Sprinkles. Lots and lots of sprinkles.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 13″ x 9″ baking dish, set aside. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy about 3-4 minutes. Stir in egg and egg white. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until blended. Slowly add dry mixture and stir until well combine. With buttered hands, gently press (so gently almost patting) mixture into buttered baking dish. Bake 16 – 19 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and edges are lightly golden. Cool completely, then frost and cut into squares.
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