Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies
- 1 1/2 all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 vanilla bean, beans scraped out with a flat edge knife
- 1/4 cup pink sanding sugar
In a stand mixer or large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla bean, extract, and egg. Mix well until combined, scraping down the sides with a spatula as needed.
Slowly add in the flour mixture on low speed until well combined. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop or small spoon, scoop out the cookie dough and roll into balls using your hands. dip the top halves of each of the balls into the pink sanding sugar, place on a large plate, and place into the fridge to chill for 2 hours, or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place chilled cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet lined with silpat or parchment paper. Bake for 11-12 minutes, until the edges are just starting to turn golden brown. Remove form the oven and allow to cool on the counter for a few minutes before placing in an airtight container. If any of them even make it there.