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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Comments

  1. says

    These sugar cookies look amazing, I love the frosting on them! I always know that when school starts it is the beginning of “sugar” cookie season. Will have to try out your recipe when we make them in October!
    .-= Chez US´s last blog ..A Mac Attack =-.

  2. says

    Making cookies alway reminds me of being at my grandmothers house, she had over 100 cookie cutters- my cousins and I would have so much fun decorating them. Vanillia is still one of my fav’s
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Mustard Flowers =-.

  3. says

    Wow, beautiful cookies! I need a new sugar cookie recipe; the ones I used for Christmas last year from allrecipes just didn’t cut it. =[ Using vanilla bean paste intrigues me; I’ve never even used vanilla beans. They’re so expensive… maybe I should request some for a Christmas or birthday present, or just treat myself and go ahead and buy them!
    .-= Connie´s last blog ..Puff =-.

  4. nan says

    I can feel the pain. When i was longer i was makeing a cake for holloween a pumpkin frosted cake and i cut my finger tip on the food proceser blade ,. i was getting the nuts loose with my finger and it was very new and sharp. And slicing vanilola beans are sometimes hard .but if you slice on the bottom side and hold down the top side and run the knife blade away fome you having it on acounter or cutting board .

  5. Nancy says

    Thanks for the quick reply! I found you on foodgawker and have been searching for a soft sugar cookie recipe. Can’t wait!

  6. says

    hi…. i love to experiment and bake….currently i am perfecting certain cake recipies, esp a heavenly poundcake recipie from scratch! i would love to try vanilla bean paste!

  7. Louise Hopkins says

    I just learned of this product on the member site of the Cooking Club of America. The vanilla bean paste sounds like a wonderful product that would be an asset to any kitchen! I am going to get some just as soon as I can afford it. With any luck I will win some…….

  8. Wendy Flick says

    Found your website through my Daughter Gina Kleinworth – I have been a cake decorator and love baking. Nothing puts a smile on your face more than when you present your freshly baked goods to your friends and family and watch them indulge….Your food blog has opened my eyes to new and exciting things to try….I would love to try this vanilla bean paste – what a novel idea -…..

    Look forward to more recipes and contests to enter….Best to you, The Sweet Baker in Canyon Lake, Ca

  9. Rose Hampton says

    I loved your story of how you spent time with your grandma in the kitchen. I too spent meny hours in the kitchen with my grandmother. Though we never had the mishaps you did, I have many great memories of cooking together.

    I am sorry I missed your contest, but lookforward to getting more information about the vanilla bean paste.

    Happy Baking!

  10. Judi Sullivan says

    I just read ad about your vanilla bean paste and I can’t wait to try it. ( I do alot of Baking). Where can I find it ?
    If you could let me know asap ( Christmas is coming fast), I would really appreciate it.

  11. Judi Sullivan says

    I just read ad about your vanilla bean paste and I can’t wait to try it. ( I do alot of Baking). Where can I find it ?
    If you could let me know asap ( Christmas is coming fast), I would really appreciate it.

  12. says

    Singing Dog, I love that name, how unique and memorable, I would love to win the singing Dog vanilla paste, vanilla is so Dreamy and an important addition to alot of recipes, I love it !!!!, and woild love to Win It !!!, Please Please!!, Thank you also for the nice recipe of sugar cookies and Vanilla frosting!!! Hopefully yours , Linda Romberger, bluelyork@yahoo.com

  13. Nick says

    I love vanilla bean paste!! Have you ever tried chocolate extract as well? Great in chocolate chip cookies for a hint of something fantastic.

  14. says

    wow, your website is incredible. I can’t wait to try many of your recipes. I appreciate all of your hard work. I have had so much fun looking at all your recipes. And, I know you will provide enjoyment to others when I share the yummy food I make from your website. Thanks so much!

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