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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. WOW…vanilla bean paste. Just as I was getting used to the idea of vanilla beans,making my own extract & vanilla sugar, here comes another brilliant product. I would LOVE to try some! Those sugar cookies do look special!

  2. Never tried vanilla bean paste. My parents brought me some real vanilla from Mexico so you have to be careful how much you use. Yes-I have had Jo Ann’s cookies/frosting and they are to die for!

  3. Never heard of vanilla bean paste. Can’t wait to try it!!

  4. Weee free vanilla beans paste, crossing my fingers :)

  5. thebrunettebaker says:

    I cannot buy Vaniila Paste in my little town and have always wanted to try it. Thanks to you and the folks at Singing Dog for the giveaway!!

  6. I Love Vanilla bean paste and use it in almost everything! These cookies look scrumptious!!

  7. Vanilla beans can be dangerous when they get dry and tough. I know I have nicked myself trying to get them open too. Vanilla bean paste sounds like a great idea!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Gelato =-.

  8. cant wait for the vanilla paste for now, i think i gotta try the cookie recipes!
    .-= lululu´s last blog ..Ragu alla Bolognese (Bolognese Sauce) =-.

  9. I’ve been meaning to bake with vanilla beans but this paste sounds like a fantastic (and bonus, less expensive!) alternative. I would love to be entered into the drawing. Thanks!

  10. I’ve never heard of vanilla bean paste before… sounds heavenly! I love vanilla with everything, even to the extent of dabbing a little bit on myself as I head out the door :)
    .-= wendy´s last blog ..before and after =-.

  11. Can’t wait to try the recipe! Thanks!

  12. I’ve never tried vanilla paste, but I’ve always wanted to!! Plus, we’re over the 100 comments mark, so I the cinnamon applies too, I think! I love making cinnamon desserts, this one is sure to up them a notch!

  13. This vanilla bean paste sounds very interesting. I know how much vanilla extract adds flavor to baked goods, I can’t imagine the results from this product. Also, what a wonderful thing you are doing for your friend through Clicks4ACause. What a wonderful way to help.
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Rosemary Thyme Potatoes =-.

  14. You can never have too much vanilla. :) mmmm….
    .-= Lindsay´s last blog ..Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad =-.

  15. I’m still cringing at the thought of you cutting open you palm. Owie owie owie. It totally sounds like something I would do. I do love using vanilla beans and have wondered about the paste. Regardless of the outcome of your giveaway, I think I’m going to have to give it a try. There’s no such thing as too much vanilla!
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..BBA Challenge Week 16 — Kaiser Rolls =-.

  16. It would be nice not to scrape vanilla seeds from under my nails for days after splitting a vanilla bean!

  17. Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this but I didn’t know vanilla bean paste existed! This may be the answer to many recipes for me!
    .-= Kara´s last blog ..Southern… or Not =-.

  18. Oh, sounds yummy. And we get the cinnamon thrown in cuz there are more than 100 comments. Cool prizes!
    .-= Mrs. L´s last blog ..Paloma Cooler =-.

  19. I love sugar cookies. I bet it tastes a million times better with vanilla paste. YUMMY!

  20. Sugar cookies are the ultimate cookie. They can be made in so many ways! Can’t wait to try the recipe!


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