Orange-Kissed Vanilla Bean Pillows

Shredded orange peel gives these puffy cookies a zesty punch of citrus. Baked for just 12 minutes and rolled in vanilla sugar, they're a sweet and simple treat for any occasion.

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  • Makes: 36 servings
  • Makes: about 36 cookies
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Bake: 12 mins 350°F per batch

Orange-Kissed Vanilla Bean Pillows

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a food processor combine flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Cover and process until combined.
  2. Using the tip of a small sharp knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean. Add vanilla seeds and orange peel to flour mixture; add butter. Cover and process with several on/off pulses until mixture starts to cling, stopping once to scrape sides of bowl. Gather mixture into a ball.
  3. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake about 12 minutes or just until edges start to brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Place Vanilla Sugar in a small bowl. Roll warm cookies in Vanilla Sugar to coat. Cool completely on wire rack.

From the Test Kitchen

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Vanilla Sugar

Directions

  1. Fill a clean and sterilized 1-quart jar with sugar. Using a sharp paring knife, slit vanilla bean lengthwise. Insert both halves into sugar, making sure all of the bean is covered with sugar. Secure lid and store in a cool dry place for 2 weeks before using. (Will keep indefinitely.)

From the Test Kitchen

Quick Vanilla Sugar:

Using a small sharp knife, split 1 vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Using the tip of the knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean. Working in batches, in a food processor combine 4 cups sugar and vanilla seeds. Cover and process until combined. Transfer to a sterilized 1-quart jar; secure lid. Store in a cool dry place indefinitely.

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Nutrition Facts (Orange-Kissed Vanilla Bean Pillows)

  • Per serving:
  • 80 kcal ,
  • 5 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat ,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 1 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 14 mg chol. ,
  • 61 mg sodium ,
  • 8 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 3 g sugar ,
  • 1 g pro.
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