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.

Orange-Kissed Vanilla Bean Pillows
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
36 cookies


  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed

  • ¼ cup Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla Sugar

  • 1 quart sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean


  1. Preheat oven to 350°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.

Vanilla Sugar

  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.)

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.

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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

80 Calories
5g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 80
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 61mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 0%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0.3mg 1%
Potassium 7mg 0%
Folate, total 9.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.