I’m in a funny time in my life right now. For example, on Wednesday, I ran out of vanilla extract, but I really didn’t have any money to replace it. But I did happen to have about five vanilla beans in my cupboards. So I used those. It was like using a real Windsor chair for firewood.
I used them in coffee cake, a chocolate chip skillet cookie, and these shortbread. They’re very chic, of course, because they use a whole vanilla bean, but you can just substitute a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, and they will still make you very happy. If you’ve never bought vanilla beans, or have decided they’re ridiculously expensive, don’t lose hope before checking out Beanilla. They have the best prices around, and have a huge selection, which I’m sure they can tell you all about. I personally don’t know the difference between the flavors of the Madagascar, Mexican, Tahitian, or Tongan beans, but I’m pretty sure they do.