I love any reason to celebrate because we all know that gives us an excuse to bake something! Then again, you never really need a reason to bake. ;)
I've been eyeing some little sweeties on Pinterest and decided to take a whirl at it finally. And being Earth Day and all I added a little green! Gotta love being a little organic. I think they turned out great! My only change would be to use a larger pan. They were a bit too thick for me, but scrumptious none the less!
Thanks to Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms for the recipe!
Sugar Cookie Squares
Yields 24 squares
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
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 follows
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.
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp half and half
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
Several drop food coloring (optional)
In a mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, whip together butter and powdered sugar and half and half until fluffy. Stir in vanilla and salt. Add in food optional food coloring and mix until well blended.
Eat up! Happy baking!