Drizzle these vanilla-butter cookies with a white chocolate icing for one of the most showy yet simple cookie recipes ever. These Swedish cookies are even better dunked in a cold glass of milk.

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Recipe Summary

chill:
120 mins
bake:
6 mins at 375°
prep:
40 mins
Yield:
About 60 cookies
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Swedish Vanilla-Butter Cookies

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise; using the tip of a knife, scrape the seeds from the bean halves into a small bowl; set half of the vanilla bean seeds aside for White Chocolate and Vanilla Drizzle.

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  • In a medium bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, the remaining vanilla bean seeds, and the salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Shape each dough half into an 8-inch roll (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter). Wrap each roll in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill about 2 hours or until dough is firm enough to slice.

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  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

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  • Bake in the preheated oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until cookies just begin to brown on edges. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack; cool completely.

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  • Arrange cookies side by side on cookie sheets lined with waxed paper or parchment paper; drizzle cookies with White Chocolate and Vanilla Drizzle. Let stand until drizzle is set. If necessary, chill in the refrigerator about 10 minutes or until drizzle is set.

To Store:

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

Nutrition Facts (Swedish Vanilla-Butter Cookies)

61 calories; total fat 4g; saturated fat 2g; polyunsaturated fat 0g; monounsaturated fat 1g; cholesterol 8mg; sodium 29mg; potassium 12mg; carbohydrates 6g; fiber 0g; sugar 3g; protein 1g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 97IU; vitamin c 0mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 0mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 8mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 0mg; iron 0mg.

White Chocolate and Vanilla Drizzle

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  • In a small saucepan heat and stir 4 ounces high-quality white chocolate (with cocoa butter), chopped, and 2 teaspoons shortening over low heat until melted and smooth. Stir in the reserved vanilla bean seeds.

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