Vanilla Bean Cookie Bars

These vanilla bean cookie bars are delicate, girly, and delicious thanks to plenty of vanilla beans.

These vanilla bean cookie bars are delicate, girly, and delicious thanks to plenty of vanilla beans. Get the easy and fun recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Clearly I’m obsessed with vanilla beans. This is nothing that we do not already know.  Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese, Vanilla Bean Buttercream, Vanilla Granola, Vanilla Bean Butter, Vanilla Bean Candied Walnuts, vanilla, vanilla, vanilla. Should I go on?  Because there are also meringues, and pancakes…and…

Or perhaps I should seek treatment?

Vanilla bean lovers anonymous. Who’s coming with me?

These vanilla bean cookie bars are delicate, girly, and delicious thanks to plenty of vanilla beans. Get the easy and fun recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I just love seeing those little specks of vanilla in whatever I’m eating. (PS: these are my favorite vanilla beans – they’re consistantly good!) It’s pretty much a promise that whatever you’re about to put into your mouth is going to taste great. Moreover, these vanilla bean cookie bars look so pretty and classy. That’s what makes these cookie bars perfect for a party or a Mother’s Day brunch. Girly, feminine and so full of fragrant vanilla. You could even go more traditional and leave out the food coloring for a classic white look. I think they would be prefect in their pure white form for a bridal shower. With some pearly sprinkles or some colored sugar to match the wedding colors.

These vanilla bean cookie bars are delicate, girly, and delicious thanks to plenty of vanilla beans. Get the easy and fun recipe on RachelCooks.com!

These are so versatile and fun–customize the colors to meet your needs. The perfect way to end a week of brunch goodness. Enjoy!

Vanilla Bean Cookies Bars

Yield: 20-24 bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 29 minutes

These vanilla bean cookie bars are delicate, girly, and delicious thanks to plenty of vanilla beans.

Ingredients:

For the cookie bars:
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¾ cup powdered sugar
    • the seeds scraped from one vanilla bean
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
For the frosting:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • the seeds scraped from one vanilla bean
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • gel food coloring (optional)
  • sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream together butter, salt, sugar and vanilla beans. Add egg yolks and mix well. Add the flour and mix until a dough forms.
  3. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes at 350 degrees or until firm. Remove and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Meanwhile, combine all of the frosting ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer and whip until fluffy.
  6. Spread the frosting over the cooled cookie base and immediately sprinkle with sprinkles.
  7. Chill in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before slicing into bars and serving.

adapted from Heather Christo

vanilla bean cookie bar nutrition label

Remember to head to Monday’s post–Hibiscus Pear Brunch Cocktail!

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33 comments

  1. So cute!! Love that pink frosting!!

  2. So lovely! My little girl is pink obsessed!

  3. I, also, love seeing those little black flecks of vanilla bean in my desserts. And I love that you can repurpose the pods for making vanilla extract. These cookies are adorable.

  4. These are so pretty! I would love to make these for my mom!

  5. These look heavenly! I’m a huge fan of vanilla beans as well…I’m totally with you 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day!

  6. I love every recipe I’ve tried that includes vanilla beans. And this looks much easier than a cookie cutter and rolling pin version.

  7. These could turn in to a serious addiction for me!

  8. love these! i’m a sucker for those little specks, too 🙂

  9. Hand over the whole pan, please! 🙂

  10. I can’t explain why I haven’t made cookie bars yet. I just can’t. But I need them in my life!

  11. How very pretty are those bars. Love them!!

  12. WELP! This granola just doesn’t seem quite as delicious all of a sudden. 🙁 I need those.

  13. these are gorgeous!! and lucky for me, i have a bunch of vanilla beans on hand!

  14. I wish I had one (or seven) right now. I love vanilla bean and sprinkles get me every time!!

  15. I am in love with that pretty pink frosting (and vanilla beans, of course!)!

  16. I really would eat the entire pan of this. No shame.

  17. I love these Rachel! We are huge vanilla fans at our house and I just ordered 25 more beans. I think I am making these later this week!

  18. These are so pretty! I’m another one who can’t resist those little flecks of vanilla; these sound so delicious!

  19. they look yummy!

  20. These are too cute! I can’t wait to try them.

  21. These are so gorgeous! They sound so yummy too and I love the pink frosting!

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  23. I am a sucker for all things vanilla. And PINK!

  24. Two yrs ago around valentine’s day I made some sugar cookie/snickerdoodle cookie bars with pink frosting! These remind me of that and I love the way they look SUPER moist, soft, and buttery!

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  27. Made these last weekend! So yummy! Thank you for the recipe share 🙂

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  29. Yummy, I love vanilla! Can I use vanilla bean paste in place of the bean? Its what I have on hand. Thank you! Now its time to devour the rest of your blog!

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  31. unique recipes,
    I have tried at home and my children very loved it & can’t stop eating.
    Thanks for your recipes

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