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Vanilla Bean Shortbread Sandwiches

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  • Makes: 24 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich cookie
  • Yields: 24 sandwich cookies
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Bake: 16 mins 325°F

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Sandwiches

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. If using vanilla bean, scrape seeds from vanilla bean with the tip of a small sharp knife. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl stir together flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter and the vanilla seeds or vanilla until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling (mixture will appear dry). Form mixture into a ball and knead until smooth.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into an 8x6-inch rectangle. Using a fluted pastry wheel or a knife, cut dough rectangle into forty-eight 1-inch squares. Place squares 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. If desired, prick tops of squares with a fork.
  4. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.
  5. Spoon Vanilla Bean Buttercream into a decorating bag fitted with a small star tip. Pipe buttercream on bottoms of half of the cookies. Top with the remaining cookies, bottom sides down.

From the Test Kitchen

To Store:

Layer filled cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Ingredients

Directions

  1. If using vanilla bean, scrape seeds from vanilla bean with the tip of a small sharp knife; set aside. In a small mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add half of the powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons of the milk, and the vanilla seeds or vanilla; beat until smooth. Beat in the remaining powdered sugar and enough of the remaining milk to reach piping consistency.

From the Test Kitchen

*Tip:

If you prefer, use 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in place of the vanilla bean.

Nutrition Facts (Vanilla Bean Shortbread Sandwiches)

    Per serving:
  • 93 kcal cal.,
  • 5 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 1 g monounsatured fat),
  • 13 mg chol.,
  • 43 mg sodium,
  • 12 g carb.,
  • 0 g fiber,
  • 7 g sugar,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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