Monday, December 20, 2010

vanilla skies

The heavens have really opened up over the past few days here in LA and it has been raining non stop.  I can't even remember the last time I felt this much rain and there's no signs of it stopping... at least until Thursday!  Last week a I got an email from a beautiful blogger who asked what my favorite holiday cookie was... Well I had to think about it. I love so many different flavors {chocolate, spice, caramel I could go on} and I find it truly hard to narrow it down.... and then I remembered with my favorite cookie, I can have it all!
My Vanilla Bean sandwich cookies are the perfectly chewy package that allow me the versatility to indulge in whatever flavor I'm currently coveting. It's so much fun having them in the house because they're just asking for you to get creative! I've been known to fill them with a pumpkin spice cheesecake mixture, ice cream, maple glaze, mint chocolate ganache and even marshmallow fluff! Really the options are endless!
the chirpy birds vanilla bean cookies
1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 sticks of unsalted room temperature butter
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 small egg
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean halved length ways and deseeded 

preheat oven to 350F
Whip together butter and sugar until light and fluffy in electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachement. Add vanilla extract, seeds and egg continuing to beat until incorporated. Separately sift dry ingredients together and slowly add. Fold together by hand and then place 1 tablespoon of cookie mixture on sheet pan.  Bake in oven until just set - about 8 minutes. Don't over bake otherwise they will lose their chewy texture!
Now I've treated myself, I'm off to find something to treat her!

xo tash


  1. These look divine Tash! Yummy!

  2. Oh Tash the goo running down the sides!! Thank you for the recipe and the bloglove! I served these to my teenage son and his friend after dinner with vanilla ice cream and chocolate chips...there was silence! They will really be on the regular cookie rotation in my house!
    Love your blog Tash!

  3. These look amazing- I think I know what my next cookie project is going to be!

  4. Yummy! I want one right now with my coffee! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! xx

  5. Yummers! Those cookies look divine! I've been baking up a storm as gifts for my doormen, coworkers, family friends, etc. and I really want to just be decadent and make a whole batch for myself. Maybe these will have to be my go-to attempt! :)

  6. Oh those looks so good with the filling just oozing down the sides, yum! Now I'm trying to figure out my favorite cookie and there might be too many for me to pick one.

  7. YUM! these look amazing!! i'll have to try them soon. and i hope you aren't floating away. all this rain has been crazy!

  8. Normally wiz right on by the food/baking posts...I am a horrible cook/baker and have no intention of "tryiing" to get better...
    But the sweetness dripping down the sides of this chewy delicious cookie made me write down the recipe (baby steps). I mean they just look soooo damn good.

  9. Holy hell, these look amazing!

    As for the rain, I can't wait for it to stop in SF! It's been too long!

  10. Oh my gosh, stop it now. There are already too many cookies sitting around my house and now you're tempting me to make more. These look divine!

  11. Oh yum yum YUM. Chirpy bir, you never cease to amaze me

  12. Ooh, you are like a cookie and treats goddess! These look so yum! And so sorry to be MIA last week (without internet), catching up slowly!

    Hope you're enjoying a terrific holiday week :)

  13. YUM if I wasnt on a New Years party diet I'd so be eating these tonight!

  14. they look amazing. I might give it a try :) thx for the recipe!

  15. oh my gosh. I think I might have to go and make these NOW!!!!

    Check out my new post "Milk Pants" at

  16. what a fantastic concept... sort of like macarons but hopefully easier (my only attempt at making the latter were a disaster...) xo bb

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  18. Mmmmmm! Those really do look deeelicious!
    Also I'm still in complete disbelief at the amount of rain you guys had in super sunny LA. Crazy!
    PS Pumpkin spice cheesecake filling sounds soooo good!

  19. Yum is all I have to say! These look delish. Isn't the rain great? I love it.

    xo M

  20. Between this and the spicy pumpkin cake you are going to make me have to buy all new pants!

    (get it? because my butts going to be fat?)

    Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

  21. pssst....Tash, check out, I've nominated you for a Stylish Blogger Award!

  22. Oh no! I should not have looked at these photos! Now I'll obsess over these cookies until I eat it! hehehe

  23. THOSE DO LOOK LIKE THEY ARE HEAVEN SENT! I have some vanilla beans from costco and didn't know what to use them for. Now I must get to baking these! Thanks fo sharing!
    EEk on the rain. I know the feeling~! You do appreciate the sun more when it comes out.

    Happy New Year!

  24. o.h. my g.o.o.d.ness! those look absolutely amazing!



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