Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies
Author: Betsy Cohen
Prep time: 45 mins
Cook time: 16 mins
Total time: 1 hour 1 min
  • Cookies:
  • 2¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Bean Sugar, for sprinkling
  • Spiced Vanilla Bean Sugar, for sprinkling
  • Equipment needed:
  • Cookie cutters
  1. For the cookies:
  2. Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping bowl down as needed. Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed. Lastly, mix in egg and vanilla extract until well blended.
  4. Form dough into a disc and wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour (longer if necessary).
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  6. Divide dough in half. Roll dough out between sheets of parchment paper. Roll with the rolling pin a few times then lift the parchment paper and place it back down before continuing, so that the paper does not crinkle into the dough. Also, shift the dough periodically for even thickness. Roll to thickness of between ⅛” and ½”, depending on personal preference.
  7. Use cookie cutters to shape cookies. Place on prepared pans. Sprinkle liberally with Vanilla Bean Sugar and Spiced Vanilla Bean Sugar.
  8. Bake until the cookies are golden brown or pale brown if this is your preference, between 14-20 minutes depending on thickness. If baking 2 sheets at a time, rotate the pans (front to back and top to bottom) halfway through.
  9. Cool on pans.
  10. Betsy's tidbits:
  11. Vanilla Bean Sugar and Spiced Vanilla Bean Sugar are available at specialty food shops. I order mine from Savory Spice Shop in Huntsville, North Carolina. They ship nationwide.
  12. The recipe may make more or less than 50 cookies depending on the cookie cutters used.
  13. For a more intense flavor, sprinkle Vanilla Bean Sugar and Spiced Vanilla Bean Sugar on both sides of the cookies before baking.
Additional time is needed to refrigerate dough.
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