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vanilla bean sugar cookies recipeWhew.  It was a crazy weekend.  A good weekend, but the kind that makes you long for Monday.  Craving structure and routine.  And sugar cookies.  And being really sad that you made these last week and that there are no more in the house.  Hmph.

I love a frosted sugar cookie pretty much more than any other kind of cookie out there.  I usually use my sugar cookie recipe, but decided to branch out a bit and try something new.  I am so glad that I did.  This recipe comes from Bridget at Bake at 350.  Her sugar cookie recipe is perfect for cut out cookies, the best part is that you do not need to chill it before hand!  Huge.  Really huge.  Instead of having to chill the dough for hours before you can roll it out, you cut the cookie out and freeze them for a few minutes before you bake them off.  I added a vanilla bean to my dough to make these super fancy, and they had the distinct vanilla flavor that I love and adore.  Not to mention that vanilla bean specks are just plain sexy.  I added a little almond glaze and some royal icing to decorate these and I love them.

vanilla bean almond sugar cookies recipe 3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sugar
2 sticks cold butter
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 vanilla bean seeded

vanilla bean almond sugar cookies recipeCream together the sugar and cold butter.  I know that usually I say room temperature butter, but trust me here, you want cold butter.

vanilla bean almond sugar cookies recipeAdd the egg, extracts, and vanilla bean seeds.

vanilla bean almond sugar cookies recipeSee the pretty black specks?

vanilla bean almond sugar cookies recipeAdd the flour and baking powder.  Mix until just combined.  Make sure that you scrape the bowl.

vanilla bean almond sugar cookies recipeTurn the dough out onto a floured surface.  The dough is going to be crumbly, so knead it together.

vanilla bean almond sugar cookies recipeRoll the dough out and cut out into shapes.  Put the shapes on a parchment lined baking sheet and put in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes.

vanilla bean almond sugar cookies recipe

Bake the cookies in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.  Cool completely before icing.

vanilla bean almond sugar cookies recipeI used Amanda’s glaze from iambaker.  It was perfect and read her instructions because she gives some great tips for making it.

Whisk together:

1 cup confectioners sugar
1 Tablespoon milk
1 drop lemon juice
1/2 teapoon almond extract
1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
food coloring

http://iammommy.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/12/dont-let-this-happen-to-you.htmlI outline the shape that I want to make and then flood the icing to fill it.

http://iammommy.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/12/dont-let-this-happen-to-you.htmlLet the cookies dry overnight.  I know that you are going to be tempted to not do this step, they will look dry, but they will not be.  I have ruined a few cookies in my day by not being patient.  And hungry.

vanilla bean almond sugar cookie recipe

I made a batch of royal icing and dotted the borders.  I love how they turned out.

Vanilla Bean Almond Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 vanilla bean seeded
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 drop lemon juice
  • 1/2 teapoon almond extract
  • 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
  • food coloring

Instructions

  1. Cream together the sugar and cold butter. I know that usually I say room temperature butter, but trust me here, you want cold butter.
  2. Add the egg, extracts, and vanilla bean seeds.
  3. See the pretty black specks?
  4. Add the flour and baking powder. Mix until just combined. Make sure that you scrape the bowl.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. The dough is going to be crumbly, so knead it together.
  6. Roll the dough out and cut out into shapes. Put the shapes on a parchment lined baking sheet and put in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Bake the cookies in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely before icing.
  8. Make the glaze. Whisk all ingredients together.
  9. I outline the shape that I want to make and then flood the icing to fill it.
  10. Let the cookies dry overnight. I know that you are going to be tempted to not do this step, they will look dry, but they will not be. I have ruined a few cookies in my day by not being patient. And hungry.
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39 Responses to Vanilla Bean Almond Sugar Cookies

  1. Oooh the almond extract and the vanilla bean are such great additions! These look delish.

  2. Abby says:

    Good call about the icing looking dry but not really being completey dry! I’ve made that same mistake way too many times!!

  3. Jessica says:

    Bree – where did you get your canisters? I love them and I am trying to find something I love with a secure lid. :)

  4. Ann says:

    I was just saying that I am planning to make heart shaped sugar cookies with pink icing and red sprinkles for Valentine’s Day this year! I’ll be sure to use this cookie recipe!

  5. Heather I. says:

    Those cookies are way too cute- I’m with ya on the sexiness of vanilla specks, haha! A perfect Valentines treat, and you can’t go wrong with almond flavor either.

  6. oh, i’m making these tonight for sure! i knew i needed to make valentine’s cookies, but when you bake after work– i didn’t want to lose any time to chilling!

    thanks!

  7. Minnesotamom says:

    Yum and gorgeous! I have a “usual” recipe that I use as well, but I might have to try this one for my Valentine cookies.

  8. I love the way you decorated these, whimsically cute.

  9. CakeStory says:

    Very cute. I wasn’t going to do Vday. V-day’s never done anything for me. But maybe you’ve changed my mind. Maybe I need to get some cute heart shaped cookie cutters :) I’ve got to try this recipe – looks like they held their shapes well withOUT chilling!

  10. Joanne says:

    I made these for Christmas this year and they were GLORIOUS! I’m kind of sad that I still don’t have any in the house. And it’s a good month and a half later. I’m still dreaming about them.

    Yours are so cute and your decorating skills are awesome!

  11. Leslie says:

    Were you great at decorating cookies right away or did it take some practice? I try really hard and mine look like my 3 year old boys did them. Your cookies are gorgeous! And I am so excited – I made your overnight pizza Sunday night, ate it last night and it was great. A little chewy in the middle but I think it just needs to be thinner. So excited!!

  12. Katie says:

    They are so lovely! Perfect for Valentine’s day!

  13. Trisha says:

    They look like really fun cookies!

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  15. aubrey says:

    How did you get that gorgeous pink/red color seen in the “Baked” and “Bree” cookies in the picture? Do you ever use homemade food coloring?

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  17. Sarah says:

    Where do you get all your cute cookie cutters? Thanks Bree!

    • bakedbree says:

      All over the place. I had a really big collection, but lost a ton in a move. I have been slowly building my collection back up.

  18. Kandice says:

    Hello Bree!
    I unfortunately do not have a shmancy mixer like yours, but I do have a handheld electric one. Do you think this will work as well?

    Thanks!
    K

  19. Jordan says:

    How many cookies does this recipe make?

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  21. Melinda says:

    Do you prefer this cookie recipe or your original sugar cookie recipe? Thanks!

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