Vanilla Bean Spice Sugar Cookies

Recipe by Rita1652
READY IN: 25mins
YIELD: 36 cookies




  • Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise.
  • Carefully scrape out seeds, using a small sharp knife.
  • Set seeds aside.
  • Beat butter in a large mixing bowl at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy.
  • Gradually add vanilla sugar and vanilla bean seeds, beating until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg and vanilla extract, mixing well.
  • Combine flour,spices and salt,gradually add to butter mixture, beating until smooth.
  • Divide dough into four.
  • Wrap each in plastic wrap, and chill 1 hour.
  • Roll each dough to 1/4" thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  • Cut with 3" and 4" your favorite cookie 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.
  • Combine 1/2 cup white chocolate morsels and 1 tablespoon shortening in a 1-cup glass measure.
  • Melt morsels according to package directions.
  • 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.