Soft Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies


These vanilla bean sugar cookies are rolled in sugar for a sparkling appearance and a soft, light and chewy texture that will make these your new favorite!


The ONLY sugar cookie recipe you’ll need!  Soft and chewy, these sugar cookies practically melt in your mouth, and are bursting with vanilla flavor!

Soft Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies | These vanilla bean sugar cookies are rolled in sugar for a sparkling appearance and a soft, light and chewy texture that will make these your new favorite!

I can’t even tell you all how many different sugar cookie recipes I’ve tried over the years… it’s a LOT.  They were all good, but not spectacularly amazing, which is what I was searching for.  Well here it is you guys… I found a recipe on Pinterest and tweaked it a little and found the holy grail of cookies.  My kids went crazy over these, as did my parents, grandparents, well pretty much everyone I’ve shared these with 😉

Soft Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies | These vanilla bean sugar cookies are rolled in sugar for a sparkling appearance and a soft, light and chewy texture that will make these your new favorite!

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There are 3 secrets that make these the best cookies EVER!  I guess they’re not really secrets, but they’re definitely key steps.

  1. Use a 1:1 butter and sugar ratio for that perfect balance of buttery flavor and sweetness.
  2. Chilling the dough before baking.  This gives you an easier to handle dough and gives you a nice fluffy cookie.
  3. Rolling the cookie balls in granulated sugar not only gives the cookies that sparkling appearance, but it creates an awesome sugar “crust” that gives the cookie a nice crispiness on the outside, then that super fluffy, soft inside.

 Soft Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies | These vanilla bean sugar cookies are rolled in sugar for a sparkling appearance and a soft, light and chewy texture that will make these your new favorite!

Making the cookies is really simple, plus you get the added fun of smooshing, (yes, it’s a very technical culinary term) the cookie dough balls down into disks of even thickness.  Plus, if you have kids, rolling the cookie dough into balls is something they’ll love to help you with!

Soft Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies | These vanilla bean sugar cookies are rolled in sugar for a sparkling appearance and a soft, light and chewy texture that will make these your new favorite!

Notice how the cookies aren’t really golden?  As they’re baking, once you see the edges of the cookies barely turning golden, pull them from the oven.

These sugar cookies are a perfect gift to give around the holidays… to a hostess of a party you’re attending, a neighbor you want to thank, or just about anyone!  Although, they’re so good, make sure to bake an extra batch for yourself too 😉

Soft Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies | These vanilla bean sugar cookies are rolled in sugar for a sparkling appearance and a soft, light and chewy texture that will make these your new favorite!

I’m a sugar cookie purist, so I like mine just the way they are… but if you want to spread some glaze on the top of these bad boys, go right ahead 🙂

Soft Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies | These vanilla bean sugar cookies are rolled in sugar for a sparkling appearance and a soft, light and chewy texture that will make these your new favorite!

When you’re planning your Christmas baking… don’t forget to save a spot for these sugar cookies… you won’t be disappointed!

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Soft Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies | These vanilla bean sugar cookies are rolled in sugar for a sparkling appearance and a soft, light and chewy texture that will make these your new favorite!
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5 from 4 votes
Soft Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies
24 - 36 cookies
Prep Time
1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time
9 mins
Total Time
1 hr 19 mins
 
These vanilla bean sugar cookies are rolled in sugar for a sparkling appearance and a soft, light and chewy texture that will make these your new favorite!
Calories: 212 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter softened (1 1/2 cups )
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar + extra for rolling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and ginger in a medium mixing bowl, whisk to eliminate any lumps, and set aside.
  2. Add softened butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat on MED-HIGH speed for 3 minutes or more to cream the butter and sugar together. The butter should be fluffy and almost white in color.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla bean paste (or extract) and beat on LOW for an additional 30 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  4. Add in the flour mixture in thirds, beating on LOW to just combine in between additions. Continue to scrape the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  5. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour, or up to 1 day.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Add extra granulated sugar to a small bowl. Use a small cookie scoop or spoon out dough and roll into 1 inch size balls. Drop balls, one at a time, into the sugar bowl and roll them around to coat the ball completely in sugar. Place balls on baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  8. Using a small drinking glass, dip the bottom in the sugar bowl and then use the sugared bottom of the glass to flatten the balls to about 1/2 inch thick.
  9. Bake for approximately 9-10 minutes, until the cookie edges are just barely golden.
  10. Cool on cooling racks.
Recipe Notes

** recipe adapted from A Spicy Perspective

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29 comments on “Soft Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies”

  1. These cookies turn out amazing!! They are perfect for people who aren’t big sweet-eaters, everyone who has had them absolutely loved them! Delicious!

  2. Made these with gluten free flour (cup for cup), they turned out GREAT! Best recipe I’ve used so far!!

  3. These cookies are the best, better than the pouch I buy a TG the super market. My kids love them, I had to make a extra batch for there friends.

  4. Can these be rolled out and cut

  5. Can these be rolled out and cut out?

  6. Hi, I made these yesterday to take to church coffee hour. These are the perfect little sugar cookie. I used the vanilla bean and love seeing the little specs of vanilla. Soft delicious cookies! These will be my go to sugar cookie recipe. Thanks!! I know everyone is going to love these.

  7. Do you have to use a stand mixer for this recipe?

  8. You can’t beat a really good sugar cookies, and it looks as though you’ve found the perfect recipe!

  9. The texture of these looks perfect!

  10. Sugar cookies are the quintessential cookie recipe. This one looks amazing.

  11. These look similar to a cookie I make every year for Christmas but mine doesn’t have ginger. I love that touch!

  12. Sugar cookies and Christmas seem to go hand in hand. I love the simplicity of this recipe, and no rolling out the dough makes them easy to make. I’m looking forward to making up a batch very soon.

  13. Soooo, our local coffee shop has been doing this sugar cookie white hot chocolate and I am in love. Now, I am thinking if I make this recipe and some homemade hot chocolate, I could totally pull off my own version! And maybe eat a few of these on their own 🙂

  14. I am all about a good sugar cookie! I haven’t made them in so long (years!), but I’m inspired to…these look perfect!

  15. I have always wanted to make vanilla bean cookies. you make it looks so easy and the cookies looks so delicious

  16. These look delicious! I love these types of cookies. Can’t wait to try this recipe – thanks for sharing!