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

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

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

vanilla bean cookie bar nutrition label

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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!