Mini Vanilla Bean Scones


As a law student I have a little bit of a coffee obsession so whenever I find a sugary treat that I can bake to serve alongside coffee, I'm always thrilled. This recipe was also the first time that we used real vanilla beans so it was an extra treat.

This recipe comes from Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients:
-2 cups flour
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 Tablespoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
-1/2 cup half & half
-1 egg
-2 vanilla beans, scraped

Glaze: 
-3 cups powdered sugar
-6 Tablespoons half & half
-1 vanilla bean, scraped

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet parchment paper.

In a large bowl  add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and combine. Add cold butter mix until incorporated, you want the mixture to be crumbly, with pea sized crumbles. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together half & half, egg, and vanilla bean seeds. Add to flour mixture and stir until just combined. Flour a clean surface and gently knead 4 or 5 times to bring the dough together. Roll dough into a rectangle about 1/2″ thick then trim sides to make a rectangle.

To use the vanilla beans, slice in half and then scrape out the little seeds.
It's easiest to cut the dough with a pizza cutter. You can cut the dough into 12 scones, which will cook 8-9 minutes or 24  mini scones which will cook fro 6-7 minutes. I made 24 scones and baked then on the prepared baking sheet. 

Bake until golden brown, mix together the ingredients for the glaze and gently smooth on top.

Enjoy with coffee.

These scones tasted like the vanilla flavored sugar cookies that you make/by around the holidays. The dough was pretty sticky when I turned it out onto my counter and no amount of flour seemed to help. I'm also not a skilled baker though, with a little assistance these made it into the oven just fine. These also were not as fluffy as ones made by the original poster, I think my scones were rolled a little too thin. Overall, I was very happy with the taste and presentation and I would make these again.

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