Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

by Beyond Kimchee on March 20, 2012 · 20 comments

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

WARNING!!! Do not make these cookies.
Don’t even dare to put one in your mouth, or your diet is over at the very moment.
I ate 7 of them and I regret…
I meant to eat only one, you know.

But if you really want to taste the simple gourmet flavor of true vanilla sugar cookies, make a batch by all means.
I don’t even like sugar cookies but these are truly good; crisp on the edge yet soft in the center with speckles of vanilla beans.
Irresistible is the exact description of how good these are once you put one cookie in your mouth.


Quite simple to make with ingredients you already have, only add vanilla beans.

Beat butter and sugar until fluffy

Split vanilla bean half lengthwise and scrape the goodness of mother nature.

Add the seeds to the butter mixture.

Add eggs and vanilla extract, beat until

they are combined well.

In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add to the mixture and beat until just combined.
Now, you need to chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.

Make them into a teaspoonful ball and roll in the sugar.
A small cookie scoop is great for this job.

Place them 2″ apart on the cookie sheet lined with baking mat or parchment paper.

Bake for 6-8 minutes at 350ºF (170ºC). The edges will be lightly golden and the centers are soft.
(baking time will vary depends on  your oven)

Cool on the wire rack.

Give yourself one to taste. Only one…
Be firm to one of your hands who is reaching out to these cookies.
I literally had to slap my left hand with my right hand because she kept putting these into my mouth.

BTW do not throw away the vanilla bean shells. Keep them with sugar. You will have fragrant vanilla sugar for your next baking project.


 Just remembered the song that describes my feeling toward these cookies.
Can’t even remember the name but this is how it goes.
Oh, Honey Honey.
You are my candy girl,
and you got me wanting you.
Hope your days are as sweet as mine.


Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies
Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies (adapted from

Yield: about 3 dozens

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies (adapted from


6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening
3/4 cup sugar
2 vanilla beans
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar for coating


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (170ºC)
  2. In a bowl with an electric mixer beat together butter, shortening, and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. With a knife halve vanilla beans lengthwise. Scrape seeds into butter mixture and beat in egg and vanilla extract until combined well.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into mixture and beat until just combined.
  4. Let the dough chill for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Make into 1 inch size balls and roll them in 1/4 cup sugar. Place them 2" apart in a cookie sheet lined with baking mat or parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the edges gets lightly golden.


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Joanne Kim March 20, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Oh my goodness.  Just reading that first paragraph and seeing the thumbnail in my feed made my mouth water.  I NEED to try these!  =)

<3 <3


Abigail March 20, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Oh, these look amazing! I'd love to have a bite of one :D The diet is dead to me!


Patrick Patacsil March 21, 2012 at 1:15 am

I really think there's something to be said about using real natural products in a recipe and it really shows in quality and from what I can tell, taste!  I'm new to the blog-o-sphere and love what you have! please take a peek at a newbie's attempt ( and i'd love a pointer or two!


Tanya March 21, 2012 at 4:19 am

Wow! These look amazing! Can't wait to try them :) Tanya x


Dwirth March 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I cant wait to bake these irresistable cookies. I am sure it will be gone in seconds knowing my hubby and son loves cookies.


Oanh March 22, 2012 at 6:15 am

This looks delicious. I'll make these with my nephews.


@FeelingFood March 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Yum yum vanilla yum!!!


beyondkimchee March 23, 2012 at 7:01 am

 Yes, they will be. My family of 4 literally ate the entire 3 dozens in one day.


beyondkimchee March 23, 2012 at 7:02 am

 Thanks Tanya. Hope you like them.


beyondkimchee March 23, 2012 at 7:04 am

 Hi Patrick
Thanks for your visit. I will take a peak on your blog soon.


beyondkimchee March 23, 2012 at 7:05 am

 Ha ha! Mine was over at the very moment when I bite onto the first cookie.


beyondkimchee March 23, 2012 at 7:08 am

 Thanks Joanne. You will love these cookies if you like vanilla.


Shuhan March 23, 2012 at 9:20 am

sounds just gorgeous! i love the smell of fresh vanilla! as a kid icecream mainly came in 3 flavours-chocolate, strawberry and vanilla- i used to think that vanilla was the most "boring" flavour, but now that I've grown up, I adore that sweet scent of vanilla. almost makes any baked good better!


Ola daleka_droga March 26, 2012 at 6:05 am

sounds really good and the spring is coming – diet or pleasure? what to chose?:)
Life and



kitchenriffs March 26, 2012 at 7:18 am

You ate 7 and you "don't even like sugar cookies"?!!  These must be terrific cookies!  I'm not wild about sugar cookies myself, so I'll have to give these a try.  Nice post – thanks.


beyondkimchee March 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

Thanks Kitchenriff. I paid the price for eating 7 cookies that day. But these cookies are really good.


beyondkimchee March 26, 2012 at 8:13 am

Depends on what is on the plate.


Hobak July 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Made my first batch!! Definitely a recipe for keeps. Is this also known as saboro in Korean? That’s the first thing my partner said when biting into his first piece!


Holly July 12, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Pretty much same with saboro cookies since they are butter vanilla cookies.


Sophia Hunt June 16, 2013 at 8:16 am

These are absolutely delicious! Check them out on my blog:


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