Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine cookies with va-va-va-vanilla

Is it just me, or are cookies with little specks of vanilla bean peeking through a little exciting?
Instead of my usual vanilla/almond cookie, I decided to make use of my vanilla bean paste for some mini valentine hearts. I used 2 teaspoons of vanilla bean paste instead of the usual 1 teaspoon of extract. I just love those tiny flecks of vanilla bean in the dough!
Of course, we had to test them, just to be sure! :)
I also added a few drops of vanilla extract to my royal icing, since I was tinting it all red. (Want more info on red icing? Click here.)
I bagged them all up to give away...minus a few more "test cookies"...but last night after dinner, we decided our family needed a bag, too!
Happy Valentine's Day!!!

23 comments:

  1. Those last too photos are terrific!!!

    Yes, yes, yes, I love vanilla & seeing those lovely little specks of goodness. If you look close in my PB blondies you can see them.

    Happy Valentine's!
    ~ingrid

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  2. oops, two, last two! That's why I should proof read before I hit the publish button. :-}
    ~ingrid

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  3. Pure vanilla is great, and I too, love the tiny specks on ice cream, creme brule... I will have to try on COOKIES... Your treat bags are lovely :)

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  4. Those are so cute and Valentiney! Happy V-day!

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  5. Oh I bet that tastes great. I love vanilla anyway. What beautiful Valentine's gift to give out.

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  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing the vanilla bean!! These looks so beautiful- Happy Valentine's :)

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  7. I love anything with the little specks of vanilla in it -- especially vanilla ice cream! The cookies look wonderful; your valentines are very lucky to get them!

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  8. ooooh, these are so cute! Thanks for visiting my blog, you are my Cookie Idol!! I have no idea how you get yours to look so perfect, but you're fabulous at it. The vanilla flecks are perfect, I adore fresh vanilla--what a great idea. Happy Valentines Day!

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  9. Very pretty. Like the photos. Great light in your new house. Did they taste any different?

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  10. These look so perfectly pretty. You are so very talented!

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  11. They look great! Much more professional than mine, but we were on the same wavelength!

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  12. Yum! Like I tell my husband, "Everyday is Valentine's Day." These cookies are another reason everyday should be Valentine's Day.

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  13. Hi I'm over from Kristen at We are THAT family and I'll be staying for a while if you don't mind. Those cookies just look delicious. Everything looks delicious.

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  14. I love vanilla bean paste too. Your cookies are always so pretty.

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  15. how am I just finding your site now? Yay! Will you teach me oh cookie master how you make your cookie icing so perfect?

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  16. Those are so cute and Valentiney! Happy V-day!

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  17. I just saw these cookies on Martha's website under the "Your Best Valentine's Day Desserts" feature! I knew they were yours before I even read who submitted them. You are a pretty BIG deal! :)

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  18. Do you think these would be cute bridal shower favors? Cut out for each other tag attached??

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