Vanilla Bean Sables

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

These seemingly simple cookies actually have an intense, delicious vanilla flavor.

About the author: Carrie Vasios is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

Vanilla Bean Sables

About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 3 dozen cookies
Active time:35 minutes
Total time:about three hours
This recipe appears in: Weekend Baking Project: Vanilla Bean Sables Cookie Monster: Vanilla Bean Sables


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans, seeds reserved
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. 1

    In a small bowl, rub together vanilla bean seeds and granulated sugar.

  2. 2

    In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy, about two minutes. Beat in vanilla sugar mixture and confectioners sugar until smooth (but not fluffy), about one minute. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract and beat until blended, about one minute. Beat in flour and salt until just combined.

  3. 3

    Divide dough into two equal balls. Roll each ball into an 8 inch-long log. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and let rest in fridge for at least two hours.

  4. 4

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut each log of dough into 1/3 inch-thick circles. Bake cookies until golden brown around edges, about 18 minutes.


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