Iced Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies have vanilla beans baked into the dough and glazed with a vanilla bean icing. They’re truly magical!

Iced vanilla bean sugar cookies!

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Welcome to Day 1 of CHRISTMAS COOKIE WEEK! This week, I’ll have a new Christmas cookie recipe every single day.

Based on the popularity of my Cream Cheese Cookies lately, you guys are baking up a storm this Christmas season!

I’m excited to share 5 more recipes with you that you will LOVE. Baking is one of my favorite holiday activities, especially with my daughter, and we love all of this year’s Christmas Cookie Week recipes.

Iced Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Plus, since it’s Day 1 of Christmas Cookie week…I partnered with my favorite fellow entertaining bloggers to share their favorite Christmas cookies too, so scroll down below the recipe to see their favorites! We have you covered!

Iced Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

We’re starting things off with one of my favorite cookie recipes, my Iced Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies. If you love vanilla beans, this cookie needs to be at the top of your holiday baking list.

Iced Vanilla Bean Sugar Glaze

These cookies are crispy on the edges and softer inside, but when they’re stored in an airtight container (I just used a plastic rubbermaid container), they soften overnight and taste! Trust me. Make these the night before any Christmas parties or gifting to friends and family.

Now, vanilla beans aren’t cheap so you can adjust your proportions or leave them out altogether. It’s still an amazing sugar cookie recipe. However, if you really want that vanilla bean flavor, splurge on the vanilla beans and go for it (by the vanilla extract at the grocery store). Life is short.

Iced Vanilla Bean Sugar Glaze

Christmas only comes around once a year. And calories don’t count in December, it’s this really magical thing that happens, some sort of Christmas magic.

Iced Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

The vanilla beans are baked right into the dough of these vanilla bean sugar cookies. IN THE DOUGH. Can you see them? So good, y’all.

The icing glaze also has vanilla beans for an extra touch of sweetness on top. These are so full of vanilla flavor with a buttery, sweet cookie flavor. They’re crazy delicious.

These iced vanilla bean sugar cookies are absolute vanilla perfection. I highly recommend adding these to your baking list whether it’s for a holiday bake sale, Christmas cookie exchange, or just enjoying at home for a holiday movie marathon. Let me know how you like them!

Iced Vanilla Bean Sugar Glaze

Iced Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

A delicious vanilla bean sugar cookie with a vanilla bean icing glaze! 
SERVINGS 24 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 25 minutes


Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup unsalted butter - room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla beans - (about 2 beans, scraped)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Vanilla Bean Glaze

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla beans - (about 1 bean, scraped)


  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  • Add egg, vanilla extract, and vanilla beans. Mix until combined. 
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add in increments to wet ingredients and mix until combined. 
  • Chill dough in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. 
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll dough into balls and flatten with the bottom of a glass. Use flour if dough is very sticky. 
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes (do not over-bake). Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before glazing. 
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer (or using a hand mixer), whisk the powdered sugar, light corn syrup, milk, and vanilla beans until smooth. If glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If glaze is too thick, add more milk. 
  • Spoon glaze over each cookie and allow to set. 
  • Store cookies in an airtight container for up to one week. 


Calories: 219kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 30mgPotassium: 34mgSugar: 27gVitamin A: 250IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.5mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

For a few other delicious cookie recipes, check out my Funfetti Cookies and Tangerine Vanilla Cookies!

Now, for some MORE Christmas cookies from my favorite fellow entertaining bloggers.

Latte Joy Espresso Cookies (Julie Blanner)
Fudge Dipped Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (The Sweetest Occasion)
Classic Frosted Cutout Sugar Cookies (Freutcake)
Mini Gingerbread Alphabet Cookies (Lovely Indeed)
Gingerbread Eggnog Cookie Sandwiches (Paper n Stitch)
Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups (Inspired By Charm)
Chocolate Linzer Cookies (The Effortless Chic)
Decorating Store-Bought Macarons for the Holidays (Proper Blog)
Holiday Wreath Meringue Macarons (Sugar & Cloth)

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  1. I swear, that frosting looks DRINKABLE! I need to make these ASAP!

    1. Haha, Lexy! I’ll join you, the frosting is delish!

  2. These look delicious. Can you substitute vanilla bean paste for the vanilla beans or would it make it too runny?

    1. Annette, I haven’t experimented with vanilla bean paste with this recipe but if I give it a try, I will come back to update on how it goes!

  3. This icing looks so perfect. I love vanilla bean everything!

    1. Thank you so much, Cyd!

  4. Kristy Wicks says:

    Yum Courtney! These look delicious. :)

    1. Thank you, Kristy! :)

  5. wow, vanilla beans, a really amp=ed up cookie, much appreciated and thank you!

  6. I’m a bit disappointed in this recipe. The cookies taste great but they were flat. I followed the recipe correctly so I’m not sure what happen. Suggestions?

    1. I had the same problem.

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