Vanilla Bean Cookies

Using real vanilla beans to flavour the sugar for these cookies are a great treat.  Store the left over sugar in an airtight container and safe for sprinkling on desserts, toast or in your coffee for a burst of vanilla.

Yields 3 dozen

Vanilla Bean Cookies
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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the flour and baking powder.
  4. Carefully combine the wet and dry ingredients.
  5. In a shallow bowl place the 1/2 cup sugar. Scrape the vanilla seeds from each bean pod and using your fingers mix into the sugar.
  6. Roll the dough into 1" sized balls. Roll each in the vanilla sugar and place on prepared pans. Using a fork press down the dough.
  7. Bake until just turning brown 8-10 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.
Recipe Type: Dessert


Vanilla Cupcakes

Serves per cupcake

Vanilla Cupcakes

Who doesn't love cupcakes? Chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, I love them all the same. I'll admit that store bought packages can be super convenient but nothing beats the taste of homemade. I pulled these together one night when my other half got a craving and minus the photo time it didn't take long at all.

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  • 3/4 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 2/3 cup all purpose
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter until smooth, then beat in sugar until fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl in between.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  5. Stir the vanilla into the milk in a bowl, set aside.
  6. Mix 1/3 of dry ingredients into the butter mixture, then 1/3 of the vanilla milk, and repeat until all are combined. Pour into 24 cupcake cups and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Recipe Type: Dessert


In one bowl cream together butter and sugar.

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Add eggs and mix well.  Set aside.

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In another bowl combine flour,baking powder and salt.

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In a glass measure mix together milk and vanilla.

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Add 1/3 flour and 1/3 milk mixtures to butter mixture.

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Mix well until batter is smooth.  Add again in thirds until everything is combined.

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Pour batter into paper lined muffin pans filling the cups 2/3 full.

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Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into middle of cupcake.  Let cool completely before icing.

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Types of Vanilla

Today is Vanilla Ice Cream Day.

There are 3 varieties of vanilla.

Bourbon Vanilla

      -grown from the

vanilla planifolia

      plant in Madagascar, Comoros and Reunion.


    -fruity, sweet flavour with a heavy vanilla scent.

Mexican Vanilla

      -grown from the native

vanilla planifolia

      plant in Mexico.


    -rich, mellow flavour with a spicy, woodsy scent.

Tahitian Vanilla

      -grown from

vanilla tahitiensis



    -fruity and floral aroma and flavour.

*French vanillais the designation given to the preparation of products with a strong vanilla scent and contains vanilla grains.

Those 3 types of vanilla can come in any of the following forms.

Vanilla Extract

      -this is vanilla beans steeped in alcohol and water for several months, usually 13.35 oz. of bean per 1 gallon of liquid.


      -labelled “pure”.


    -this should not be added to hot foods since the alcohol will then evaporate off.

Vanilla Essence

      -this is vanilla beans steeped in alcohol and water for several months, usually more than 13.35 oz. of bean per 1 gallon of liquid.


      -stronger vanilla flavour.


    -this should not be added to hot food since the alcohol will then evaporate off.

Imitation Vanilla Extract

    -this is made from synthetic vanilla.

Vanilla Flavouring

    -this is a combination of pure and imitation vanilla.

Whole Vanilla Bean

      -shiny, black, tender, moist and plump beans.


      -you can add seeds and pulp directly to foods.


    -pod can be steeped in hot liquids.

Vanilla Sugar

      -made from a vanilla bean that is add to white or confectioners sugar.


      -1 tbsp vanilla sugar is the equivalent of 1/4 tsp extract


      .-to make, cut bean in half and bury in 1-2 cups of sugar for 2 weeks in sealed container.


    -can be used in place of regular sugar for more complex flavours.

Vanilla Powder

      -ground whole dried vanilla beans


    -can be used in hot liquids.

Vanilla Milkshake Twist

Serves 1

Vanilla Milkshake Twist
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  • 2 oz. Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 scoop French vanilla ice cream
  • 1 oz vanilla vodka


  1. Stir everything together with a spoon.
Recipe Type: Drinks