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    Gourmet's Vanilla Bean Cookies

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    5 hrs 10 mins

    5 hrs

    10 mins

    HeatherFeather's Note:

    I posted this in response to a request. The original version of this recipe came from Gourmet magazine. Plan ahead - the dough needs to chill at least 4 hours before slicing and baking. Save your empty vanilla bean pods after using in this recipe - if you stick the used pods into an airtight container of granulated sugar for at least a week, the sugar will become vanilla sugar for use in other recipes.

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    1. 1
      Cream together the butter, chilled shortening, and 3/4 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.
    2. 2
      With a sharp knife halve vanilla beans lengthwise, then scrape the seeds directly into the butter mixture, mixing to combine.
    3. 3
      Beat in egg and vanilla extract until combined well.
    4. 4
      Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture and mix until just combined.
    5. 5
      Set a large sheet of waxed paper on a flat surface.
    6. 6
      Set dough onto the waxed paper and form dough into a 10x2" log.
    7. 7
      Roll up dough log in wax paper, seal ends with rubber bands, and chill until firm, at least 4 hours and up to 3 days (stick wrapped log into a plastic ziptop baggie to keep from drying out).
    8. 8
      Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    9. 9
      Pour remaining 1/4 cup sugar onto a shallow platter.
    10. 10
      Remove wax paper and roll dough log in sugar (not all sugar will stick).
    11. 11
      Cut dough into rounds,1/4" thick.
    12. 12
      Dip the cut sides of each cookie round into the remaining sugar on platter (add a little extra sugar if you need more).
    13. 13
      Arrange cookies 1/2" apart on ungreased cookie sheets and bake one batch at a time in the middle of your oven 10-12 minutes, or until edges are a very pale golden brown.
    14. 14
      Remove baked cookies to wire racks to cool.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 03, 2002


      I did bake two pans at a time with no problem. I just LOVE vanilla. These are very good! With a cup of Chai and your all set. Comfort Food. I also used red sugar to roll the dough in before baking (for Christmas!).

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    • on December 14, 2012


      Love these, make them every year for Christmas cookie bake off. I roll them in red or green sugar, gives them a little color.

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    • on March 14, 2007


      Easy, and Fabulous! I love Vanilla. I make these often and keep the frozen dough on hand for emergencies - Like I'm craving vanilla cookies again!

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    Nutritional Facts for Gourmet's Vanilla Bean Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (14 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 36

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 63.0
    Calories from Fat 25
    Total Fat 2.8 g
    Saturated Fat 1.4 g
    Cholesterol 10.9 mg
    Sodium 44.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 8.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 5.5 g
    Protein 0.6 g

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    vanilla beans

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