You may have first heard the term pure vanilla cookie in the popular video game Cookie Run Kingdom.
The Cookie Run Kingdom Pure Vanilla Cookie is actually a character in the game known for his miraculous healing abilities, humility, and altruism, especially if you’re able to acquire a Pure Vanilla Cookie soulstone.
And although a real pure vanilla cookie — as in, the tasty dessert — might not be “miraculous,” it certainly has a way of healing the soul!
In this article, I’ll share a real pure vanilla cookie recipe that you don’t just get virtually but get to eat! This recipe is straightforward but adaptable, allowing you to keep the cookies simple or include your favorite pure vanilla cookie topping.
Let’s get into it!
What Is a Pure Vanilla Cookie?
A pure vanilla cookie is a treat made with only pure vanilla powder instead of vanilla extract. In other words, no artificial flavoring or colors — just good old natural vanilla bean.
And because of this, pure vanilla cookies tend to have a more intense and “creamy” flavor as opposed to cookies made with artificial vanilla flavoring, which can sometimes taste a bit mellow and even boring to some.
This more flavorful taste is why pure vanilla powder is often considered the best form of vanilla for baking, especially if you’re a huge vanilla fan.
Pure Vanilla Powder vs Vanilla Extract
It’s common for vanilla cookie recipes to include vanilla extract, but we recommend trying out pure vanilla powder.
Manufacturers create pure vanilla powder by grinding up dried vanilla beans, which creates a dynamic and intense aroma and flavor.
On the other hand, vanilla extract entails soaking vanilla beans in water and alcohol. Vanilla extract has a place in baking, but you can easily over-use it due to its water content. Additionally, it has a more mellow flavor than pure vanilla powder.
For both reasons, we recommend using pure vanilla powder — a little goes a long way!
Pure Vanilla Cookie
- 1 cup Unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1 cup Granulated sugar
- 2 Large eggs beaten
- 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla powder
- 2 cups All-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking powder
- ½ teaspoons Salt
- 1-2 Tbsp Milk (for a softer cookie) (optional)
- Sprinkles, chocolate chips or other desired pure vanilla cookie toppings (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, mix the softened butter with sugar until it's light and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla powder, and mix until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder.
- Gradually add your dry ingredients to the wet ones, mixing everything until everything is well-incorporated.
- If desired, mix in 1-2 tablespoons of milk for a softer cookie.
- Add in your desired sprinkles, chocolate chips, or other pure vanilla cookie toppings, and mix until evenly distributed.
- Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Make sure you leave space between each cookie, as they will spread while baking.
- Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until they are lightly golden brown.
- Allow your pure vanilla cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-5. You can transfer them to a wire rack afterward to cool completely.
And that’s it! You now have some delicious and soul-healing pure vanilla cookies to enjoy.
If you want to get creative, feel free to experiment with different pure vanilla cookie toppings. Some other ideas include:
- Chopped nuts
- Dried fruit
- Coconut flakes
- Crushed candy canes (for a festive twist!)
- Mini marshmallows
Tips & Tricks for Pure Vanilla Cookie
Here are several bonus tips to help you make the perfect pure vanilla cookies:
Unsalted vs Salted Butter
We always recommend using unsalted butter in baking recipes, as it gives you more control over the amount of salt in the final product. However, feel free to use salted butter if that’s all you have. Simply omit the additional ½ teaspoon of salt from the recipe.
Room Temperature Butter
It’s also important to use softened butter in this recipe. If your butter is too hard, it will be difficult to cream together with the sugar. On the other hand, if your butter is too soft or melted, your vanilla cookies will spread too much while baking.
To soften butter quickly, cut the stick into small pieces and set it out on the counter for 30-60 minutes. You can also soften butter using the microwave in 5-second intervals, being careful not to melt it.
When mixing your dry and wet ingredients, ensure you don’t overmix them. Mix until everything is well-incorporated and then stop — too much mixing will result in tough cookies.
Chilling the Dough
If you want to make these pure vanilla cookies ahead of time, you can chill your prepared dough in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Just make sure to let the dough warm back up to room temperature before baking, as the chilled dough will result in cookies that spread less while baking.
Storing the Cookies
You can store these pure vanilla cookies in an airtight container outside the fridge (at room temperature) for up to 1 week.
You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Information of Pure Vanilla Cookie
As with any cookies, pure vanilla cookies are common snacks but not the healthiest option. Eat them in moderation depending on your diet, nutritional needs, and health goals.
Here is the nutritional content of this recipe’s pure vanilla cookies:
- Serving size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 200
- Fat: 10 g
- Saturated fat: 6 g
- Unsaturated fat: 4 g
- Trans fat: 0 g
- Cholesterol: 30 mg
- Sodium: 180 mg
- Carbohydrates: 26 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Sugar: 11 g
- Protein: 2 g
Now that you know how to make these delicious pure vanilla cookies you and all your friends and family will fall in love with, we hope you spread the love by sharing this post with other cookie lovers!
Let us know what you think of this pure vanilla cookie recipe in the comments below.
Wow this was amazing considering the short list of ingredients!
This was really very good.
This is a fantastic recipe. I come back to it time and time again.