i spy with my little eye, the top of sf buildings… maybe the mau (#whenyouseeit). so… google reader is the sh*t. every morning i wake up a little early so that i can have my coffee and catch up with all the blogs that i follow – shall i say it is like the new age newspaper? or does that make me sound like i am 97?
the other day i came across this recipe. 101 cookbooks is heidi swansons blog, i’ve written about her cookbooks before. in the article, she mentions having only one vanilla bean left in her pantry and not knowing what to do with it. so she made these. i had the same dilemma and followed suit.
these little balls of sweet-butteryness are super super easy, i can’t insist enough on how super easy they are to make. they smell and taste like vanilla but they are also remnant of christmas sugar cookies.
ron swanson’s whole vanilla bean cookies (adapted from heidi’s, i added a few things to make them less cracker-like)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean cut into segments, ends cut off
8 tablespoons room temperature butter, cut into chunks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
pinches of sugar/salt for topping
1. in the food processor, pulse the sugars and vanilla bean until the bean is really really broken down (2-3 minutes). add the salt.
2. add the butter, egg, and vanilla extract and pulse until the butter is light and creamy, checking to make sure there are no vanilla bean chunks left. if there are, process it a bit more.
3. add the flour and pulse until the dough forms into a ball.
4. place the dough in between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out until 1/4 inch thick and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
5. preheat oven to 350°f.
6. once chilled, roll the dough into 1-1 1/2 inch balls, place on baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and/or sugar, and cook for 10-15 minutes until golden.