Gourmet's Vanilla Bean Cookies

"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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Ready In:
5hrs 10mins




  • Cream together the butter, chilled shortening, and 3/4 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.
  • With a sharp knife halve vanilla beans lengthwise, then scrape the seeds directly into the butter mixture, mixing to combine.
  • Beat in egg and vanilla extract until combined well.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Set a large sheet of waxed paper on a flat surface.
  • Set dough onto the waxed paper and form dough into a 10x2" log.
  • 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).
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Pour remaining 1/4 cup sugar onto a shallow platter.
  • Remove wax paper and roll dough log in sugar (not all sugar will stick).
  • Cut dough into rounds,1/4" thick.
  • Dip the cut sides of each cookie round into the remaining sugar on platter (add a little extra sugar if you need more).
  • 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.
  • Remove baked cookies to wire racks to cool.

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  1. 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!).
  2. Love these, make them every year for Christmas cookie bake off. I roll them in red or green sugar, gives them a little color.
  3. 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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