Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies
These butter cookies have a wonderful vanilla flavor and aroma as they are made with vanilla sugar and a vanilla bean.
25 min.prep time
4 1/2 dozen cookies
Combine 1 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in small bowl. Spread onto waxed paper-lined baking sheet; let stand to dry (4 hours). Sift sugar mixture through strainer to remove lumps. Set aside.
Heat oven to 375°F.
Combine 1 cup sugar and 3/4 cup butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Split vanilla beans lengthwise with sharp knife. Scrape seeds from vanilla beans; add to butter mixture. Add egg; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder and salt. Beat until well mixed.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Dip top of each ball in water, then in vanilla sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 14 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned.
After scraping seeds from vanilla bean, add empty vanilla bean pod to 2 cups sugar. Cover; store at room temperature in container with tight-fitting lid. Vanilla sugar made with vanilla extract or vanilla bean can be used for baking or sprinkled on fresh fruit, yogurt or in tea.
Vanilla sugar can be stored after drying in a container with a tight-fitting lid.