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Vanilla Bean Tea Cookies


If you like shortbread-type cookies and are a lover of all things vanilla...this is a recipe for you.  Laced with a double hit of vanilla...these simple tea cookies feature tiny flecks of vanilla bean and are the perfect accompaniment for tea drinkers and coffee drinkers alike!

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour

  1. Split the vanilla bean with a sharp knife.  Scrape out the seeds and discard the bean.
  2. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla bean seeds until pale and creamy. 
  3. Add vanilla extract.
  4. Blend in flour and stir to combine.
  5. Turn the soft dough onto floured board and form two disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. Roll out dough on a floured surface to about 1/4" thick and cut out cookies in desired shape.
  7. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Set the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.  This will firm up the dough so the cookies retain their shape while baking.
  9. Bake at 350°F for about  8-10 minutes or until firm.
  10. Cool on rack.
Yield: About 3 dozen medium sized cookies


  1. Look delicious and so chic!

  2. Yes, please :)

    Blessings to All,
    Anna (Toronto)

  3. I don't suppose you'd be willing to part with that tea set? It's gorgeous!

  4. Oh so pretty!!! Love the tea set and those cookies sound divine!

  5. Don't waste the 'bean': simmer it in milk, add it to a bowl of sugar, make your own extract, dry it for grinding to a powder.

    1. Good advice! I add my 'discarded' beans to a jar of vanilla extract that is brewing in the pantry.

  6. Smiling at the excellent advice! I have been recycling vanilla beans for some time now. I'm expecting a really heady vanilla here one day soon. Had to shortbread cookies and I will be trying these the next cool day.


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