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Vanilla Bean Buttercream

I’m always looking for the perfect frosting recipe. I may have found it. I knew I needed to make this one when I read in a description that it tasted like melted vanilla bean ice cream. Oh baby. I tweaked it a little, using cream instead of milk (which I always do). Guess what. It totally tastes like the last couple melty spoonfuls from a big serving of my favorite frozen treat. My kids and I licked the bowl clean and I kind of want to make another batch just to have around. Piped on top of my Banana Cupcakes – it even looks like soft serve. Yum yum. [Read more…]

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Vanilla Bean Cookies

My mom makes these buttery rich cookies every Christmas. For years I would watch her roll out the dough and cut it into angel and tree shapes. It is not an easy dough to work with because essentially, it is butter and ground almonds. It can get a little crumbly – especially the second and third time you roll it out. This year I decided to try a little twist on mom’s classic recipe. I rolled the dough into balls, and flattened them slightly. Same great taste – much less hassle. I kind of miss the snowy angels though. [Read more…]

Vanilla Dipping Sauce

When I made my Applesauce Drop Doughnuts the other day, I felt it was missing something. I found this recipe from pastry chef Amy Foster of Tallula, and decided it would perfectly complement the fluffy doughnuts. I added vanilla bean innards to mine, which gives it the beautiful specks of black. I took the remaining innards and the hull of the vanilla bean and added them to some powdered sugar in a ziplock bag for coating this batch of doughnuts.

Vanilla Dipping Sauce

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