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Vanilla Shortbread

Baker/Owner Tom Janzen,
Bread & Circuses Bakery

The addition of vanilla bean seeds turns a traditional recipe into something extraordinary. The sandy, buttery crunch is accented with subtle hits of mellow vanilla.

Ingredients
1 cup butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean
2 cups flour
3/4 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt

Garnish
white and dark chocolate chips
candied cherries
coloured sugars

Method
1.  Heat oven to 350˚F.
2.  In a large bowl, beat butter with a hand mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in granulated sugar.
3.  Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds with the tip of a knife and add to butter mixture.
4.  In a medium bowl, sift together flour, icing sugar, cornstarch and salt.
5.  Add dry ingredients to butter in three additions.
6.  Form into logs (approx 1 1/2″ rounds). Wrap and chill in freezer for 1 hour.
7.  Cut logs into slices and bake for 15-18 min until very lightly browned.
8.  Cool and decorate with garnishes.

Yield 4 dozen cookies

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