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Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

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Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies — an elegant sugar cookie flavored with vanilla bean seeds and decorated with a white chocolate glaze and sugar crystals!

A close up of Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Yes, I realize that today is still October. No, I haven’t lost my mind. Yes, these do look like Christmas cookies. In fact, they are Vanilla Sugar Bean Cookies cut into festive stars topped with white chocolate and sugar crystals!

Why, you say? Let’s face it — the holidays are practically around the corner and it’s time to start planning holiday gatherings, start shopping (before December 24 preferably), and start baking–and freezing—cookies!

To wind up National Cookie Month, here’s one of my family’s all-time favorite cookies that just happens to freeze well.

Make them a couple of weeks ahead of time to relieve some of that last minute holiday stress!

A close up of Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

These elegant cookies were glazed with white chocolate and then topped with Frost White decorating sugar from India Tree.

Vanilla beans

The secret to all these cookies’ deliciousness is those tiny little vanilla bean seeds. My vanilla bean, as well as the decorating sugar used in the recipe, came from India Tree, one of our cookie month project sponsors. 

You’ll want to carefully split open the vanilla bean, gently scrape out the seeds with a sharp knife, and then sniff in that wonderful aroma before you add the seeds to the dough! Heavenly!

Vanilla Sugar Bean Cookies | Life, Love, and Good Food

I also used King Arthur All-Purpose Flour in my cookie dough and was very pleased with the dough’s texture and how easy it was to work with.

I chose to make multiple sizes of both stars and Christmas trees and especially loved using these new Cuisipro nesting cookie cutters from Katom!

Cookies and sprinkles

I like to place a cookie rack over a wax paper-lined cookie sheet when glazing and sprinkling/decorating these cookies to make clean up a bit easier.

Allow glazed cookies to dry completely before storing in an airtight container.

To freeze the cookies, gently place in a gallon size ziplock freezer bag. Being careful not to crush cookies, squeeze out excess air and seal. Place flat in freezer for up to two weeks. Cookies will thaw at room temperature in just about an hour.

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies on a plate

If you like, alternately stack cookies large to small to create a cookie tree! To use it as decoration on your dessert table, add a little melted chocolate between the cookie layers and allow to dry completely to secure in place.

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies collage

The following companies generously sponsored various cookie month projects. I may not have used all of them in my recipes, but this project is in no small part thanks to them and their incredible contributions: Bob’s Red Mill, The Daily Meal, India Tree, KerryGold, King Arthur FlourProduct of GIR, KaTom, SunButter & Wilton.

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Yield: 3 dozen

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies on a plate

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies - an elegant sugar cookie flavored with vanilla bean seeds and decorated with a white chocolate glaze and sugar crystals!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling dough 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 12-ounce package white chocolate morsels, divided
  • Shortening
  • Sparkling white sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Carefully scrape out seeds, using a small sharp knife. Set seeds aside.
  2. Beat butter in a large mixing bowl at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar and vanilla bean seeds, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract, mixing well.
  3. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until smooth. Shape dough into four discs. Wrap each in plastic wrap, and chill at least 1 hour.
  4. Roll each disc to 1/4" thickness of a lightly floured surface. Cut with 3" and 4" snowflake, star, angel, or Christmas tree cutters. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire racks, and cool completely.
  5. Combine 1/2 cup white chocolate morsels and 1 tablespoon shortening in a 1-cup glass measure. Melt morsels according to package directions.
  6. Place cookies on a wire rack over wax paper. Pour or spread white chocolate mixture over each cookie, tilting cookie to coat completely. Sprinkle cookies with sparkling sugar. Let stand until frosting hardens. Repeat procedure with remaining white morsels, shortening, and sugar until all cookies are decorated.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 56mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

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ABOUT SHEILA
Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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Wendy

Saturday 1st of November 2014

Those cookie trees are lovely, Sheila! Wouldn't they be gorgeous as centerpieces or at place settings on a holiday table?! The sparkling sugar is like snow in the sunlight! Edible decorations are my favorite. :)

Chelsea Sanz

Wednesday 29th of October 2014

These are absolutely beautiful! Can't wait for Christmas time to get to baking all these spectacular recipes! Do you think you could add currants to these?

sheilathigpen

Wednesday 29th of October 2014

Thanks, Chelsea! I'm not sure that currants would work as these are fairly dense cookies. I'm thinking the texture might be a little strange. If you're a currant fan, though, you could easily add a few currants to part of the dough and experiment (especially since the recipe suggests dividing the dough into four discs which are wrapped in plastic wrap, and chilled before rolling and cutting out the cookies). If you try this, I'd be very interested in hearing how they turn out!

Angi @ SchneiderPeeps

Wednesday 29th of October 2014

These look beautiful! I would have never thought to ice them with white chocolate, what a great idea. I really love the cutter from Katom, they are so easy to use.

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