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Singing Dog Vanilla Bean Paste Giveaway (Recipe – Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting)

I need to get one quick thing out of the way, and then on to the giveaway details! I want to give a special shout out to Amy from the blog, She Wears Many Hats. Amy created this gorgeous Clicks 4 a Cause button for me to use to raise money for my friend Ann. If you haven’t read about Clicks 4 a Cause, please head over HERE. If you haven’t visited Amy’s blog, get over there right now and show her some comment love. You are in for a treat as Amy has a little something for everyone. Her fantastic travel stories, yummy recipes, great antique finds are all wrapped up in a complete package that includes some gorgeous photos. I fell in love with Amy’s blog the first time I read it and now we’ve become fast blogging friends! Thank you, Amy!

OK – now about the vanilla! When I was younger, I think it was around the time I was in Kindergarten, my grandma Sumner was demonstrating to us all how to properly use a sharp knife. I don’t remember much, except all of us kids were standing around watching her when the knife slipped and she cut her finger pretty badly (in my mind, she cut the tip of her finger off, but I don’t fully remember!). That lesson in how to properly use a knife (or not!) stuck with me because I now refuse to cut anything without a cutting board.

Fast forward 30 years later and I am in my kitchen getting ready to make my friend Sandie’s Creme Brulee. I had a couple of really tough vanilla beans that would not slice open. Being the genius that I am, I picked up one of the beans, held it in the palm of my hand and attempted to cut it open that way. That was not a brilliant decision because the knife slipped and cut open the palm of my hand. Ouch!

One good thing came from that experience. I discovered the joy of Vanilla Bean Paste. Vanilla Bean Paste is much easier to use than vanilla beans, it is less expensive, and has a stronger flavor than pure Vanilla Extract. Plus, you get those great little bean specs in everything you make!

Last week the folks from Singing Dog Vanilla and Red Ape Cinnamon contacted me about trying their products. I am currently trying the Singing Dog Vanilla Bean paste and love how strong the vanilla flavor is! I tried it in these cookies and the frosting and the sweet vanilla flavor was really defined.

Now you get the chance to get your own bottle of Singing Dog Vanilla Bean Paste. All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is to leave a comment on this post. Make sure you complete the form with your email address so that if your name is chosen at random, I can contact you! If we get over 100 unique comments on this post, I’ll throw in a jar of their Red Ape Cinnamon for the winner as well. All comments must be left by 11pm CST on Wednesday, September 16th. Good luck!

Sugar Cookies (from the kitchen of my friend, Jo Ann Emerson)

  • ¾ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla (I used 1 Tbs Vanilla Bean Paste)
  • 2 ¾ cup flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • Extra Special Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows)

In a mixing bowl, cream butter & sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for 1 hour or until firm.

On a floured surface, roll a 1/3 of dough to ¼ inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter. Place on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 375o for 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Repeat with remaining dough. Frost. Yield: 2 dozen large cookies

Extra Special Buttercream Frosting (from the kitchen of my friend, Jo Ann Emerson)

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 lbs. powdered sugar
  • ½ t salt
  • 2 t clear vanilla (I used 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste)
  • 6-8 oz. whipping cream

Cream butter and shortening until fluffy. Add sugar and continue beating until well blended. Add salt, vanilla and whipping cream. Beat on high speed until icing is fluffy. Note: This frosting should be refrigerated. Yield: 7 ½ cups

This recipe makes enough to frost 2 batches of sugar cookies or an extra large cake. Always start with a little whipping cream and gradually add (humidity affects the amount needed).

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  1. Cute sugar cookies. I love the sprinkles, so fun!
    .-= Maria´s last blog ..Illinois and Nectarine Raspberry Salad =-.

  2. Sounds super yummy! Will def. have to try this recipe :-)

  3. Vanilla and Cinnamon, does it get any better? It might, those cookies sure look good. ; )
    .-= BethieofVA´s last blog ..quick garlic cheddar drop biscuits =-.

  4. I adore vanilla flavor it so many different recipes! Would love to win this fabulous vanilla bean paste!
    .-= Patsyk´s last blog ..Green Beans & Cherry Tomatoes from Gastrokid Cookbook (GIVEAWAY!) =-.

  5. I have never heard of vanilla bean paste, but I love vanilla beans and the flavor they give. Would love to try this.

  6. Those cookies look so precious! They remind me of all the birthday treats we used to have in elementary school, when parents were still allowed to send kids in with cupcakes and cookies to share with their classmates on their special day.
    .-= Michelle from Taste As You Go´s last blog ..Friends Reunite over Dinner at Apollo Grill =-.

  7. I’ve never heard of vanilla bean paste but is sounds like a great idea. I’d love to try some!
    .-= Amy J´s last blog ..Sand in our drawers. =-.

  8. I’ve always loved sugar cookies. The sweet simplicity of them makes me choose them every time over any other cookie. Great addition of the frosting and sprinkles.
    .-= Lana´s last blog ..Chicken Cacciatore =-.

  9. Those cookies look so yummy! I’m glad your accident didn’t give you bad memories of vanilla bean :) Great giveaway -thanks!
    .-= sharon´s last blog ..Strawberry Spinach Salad with Feta and Caramelized Onions =-.

  10. Vanilla is my absolute favorite flavor. There’s nothing plain about it. And it enhances the savory as well as the sweet. I can’t wait to try those cookies and the frosting. Maybe I’ll just make the frosting.
    .-= AJ´s last blog ..Day 1 =-.

  11. I love vanilla and use it so many things (french toast etc.) but I’ve never tried using an actual vanilla bean! I’m going to have to try the cookie recipe above as well..I actually had a dream about really yummy sugar cookies the other night that I haven’t been able to shake! :)

  12. This sounds amazing. I have never seen vanilla bean paste and would love to try it out. I invested quite a bit in some vanilla beans last year and sadly, they dried out before I got a chance to use them all. Shame, I know. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

  13. Oh yes! I would really like to win a bottle of the Vanilla Bean Paste….great cookie recipe!!

  14. I love vanilla bean paste, its the lazy mans vanilla bean!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..And the winners are =-.

  15. That vanilla sounds amazing!! (So do the cookies/buttercream) :o) I recently went to Mexico and got some authentic Mexican Vanilla…it makes a huge difference! I love the stuff!
    .-= Liesl´s last blog .."Through My Lens" Contest =-.

  16. Frosted sugar cookies always seem so special to me – I love that uncomplicated flavor! Will retweet this for you!
    .-= Donalyn´s last blog ..The Dancer =-.

  17. Vanilla bean paste …. mmmmmm. Hope I get lucky. :)
    .-= shelleybakes´s last blog ..Beatty’s Chocolate Cake – Ina Garten =-.

  18. I cut myself all the time. I need knife safety scissors because I am rediculous. Anyway, just a note to tell you the cookies look delicious and Bryon wants your husband to ditch his family responsibilities and come out to party for the Iowa game..take care!

  19. Thanks for the advice on vanilla bean paste that will definitely come in handy!

  20. Ooh, vanilla bean paste! That sounds fabulous.


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