Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Day 2 of the cookie binge

As promised I'm letting you in on my second cookie recipe in this great cookie "challenge"... this one was selected from Katy's Sugarlaws blog (a favourite of mine) - her vanilla bean sugar cookies. This recipe is not only incredible raw (yes, the spoon was licked) but it tastes like vanilla bean ice cream when baked. Easy to make, and easy on your taste buds - the biggest question is, can you eat just one?

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies (that remind me of ice cream)
3/4 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp vailla
2 eggs
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper.

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla, eggs (one at a time, between after each addition) and vanilla seeds. Beat really well - the batter will be super fluffy.

Combine the baking powder and flour together, and add to the wet ingredients. Use a wooden spoon to just combine the flour - you don't want to over mix the batter. I then put the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes, just to allow it to chill a little.

Grab your ice cream scooper and scoop out the batter and place on your lined cookie sheet and flatten with your fingers- allow for enough room between each ball of batter, the cookies expand while baking.

Bake for between 8 - 10 minutes (my oven needed 10 minutes). Remove from heat and allow to cool for a minute on the cookie sheet. Remove from the tray and allow to completely cool on a wire rack.

This made 3 dozen cookies (36).

They freeze well... if you need to hide them because they're a little too tempting ;0)

Absolutely delish. Who says vanilla is plain?

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