the vanilla bean baking book

The Vanilla Bean Baking Book

It’s finally time: The Vanilla Bean Baking Book is available for pre-order!

This cookbook is brimming with over 100 baking recipes and nearly 200 photos; everything from Mixed Berry Muffins and Creme Fraiche Scones to Ganache Cupcakes with Basil Buttercream and Cherry-Strawberry Slab Pie. It can be purchased early now, and will be sent out or available on bookstore shelves November 8th. This also happens to be Election Day, so depending on whether your candidate wins or loses, you could find it useful for either comfort baking or celebrating. I’m hoping to celebrate, with my Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream (found in the Party Cakes chapter).
vanilla bean baking book
I spent almost two years working on this book. When Avery approached me, I had never taken on a project this big before, or one with multiple deadlines. It required figuring out how to balance both work and home life, which was quite a challenge initially. My work space, the kitchen, is the center of our home, and a place that is needed for more than just recipe testing. My family came to find the sink and dishwasher were forever overflowing with bowls, whisks, knives, measuring cups, and spatulas. The noise of the mixer was a consistent background hum, the refrigerator always packed full, and the oven made our kitchen a constant blazing furnace. I would frantically text my husband at work with grocery lists: butter, chocolate, sugar, flour, eggs, and more butter! It was a struggle at times for all four of us to flow well with evidence of the cookbook piled everywhere, but eventually I managed to find a rhythm to testing recipes and writing. I baked all day while the kids were at school, and then wrote each night, after they were tucked into bed. It helped to have a supportive family during these months; my husband and kids encouraging and helping me.

I must admit I am feeling many different emotions presenting you with this sneak peak; excitement and nervousness, mixed with joy and fear. I worked so many hours on these recipes: testing and retesting, then retesting again. I don’t know how many times I made my All-Butter pie crust, or Easy Danish Dough. So many I can’t count them. My husband told me the brownies were perfect after months of testing, but I made them six more times anyway, trying to get them just right. I finally did. My father-in-law came over every day to pick up cookies and pies and cakes and bars, my husband brought the same into work each morning. If there hadn’t been a deadline in place, I might still be in my kitchen, making that Orange Cranberry Bundt Cake ‘just one more time.’ But now I’m here, on the other side of the work, with a collection of recipes and photographs on printed paper. I’m so excited, and (dare I say) proud, to share this book with you. My hope is for this book to become a trusted, go-to reference in your kitchen, well-worn and used; pages earmarked, smudged with chocolate and cake batter, and filled with your pencil marks and notes.
The Vanilla Bean Baking Book

The Vanilla Bean Baking Book

The Vanilla Bean Baking Book
The Vanilla Bean Baking Book is divided into seven chapters: Morning Baking; Quick Breads, Muffins, and Everyday Cakes; Party Cakes, Pies, and Tarts; Cookies and Bars; No-Churn Ice Cream; and Homemade Staples. Recipes range from simple to complex, but there are visual guides to help with recipes that are a bit more work. Some of my favorites from the book are: Pumpkin Scones, Apricot Danish, Ginger Chocolate Bread, Honey Cake, Blackberry White Chocolate Cake, Peach Caramel Pie, my new and improved Chocolate Chip Cookies, and S’mores Ice Cream Cake (which I am bringing to you tomorrow, so stay tuned!).

The Vanilla Bean Baking Book is available for pre-order! You can order from the links below, as well as from major retail stores:
Amazon / Barnes & Noble / BAM / IndieBound / / /
The Vanilla Bean Baking Book

You can also follow along on Instagram! My hashtag for the book is #vanillabeanbakingbook

The Vanilla Bean Baking Book

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    Markell Miller
    Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    First time commenter, long time follower. 🙂
    I adore this cookbook and have been slowly making my way through it over the last year. I just made the shortbread with chocolate and got a little stumped. The recipe says it yields 30-35 2″ cookies, but when I rolled the dough out to ½” as instructed it was about 5×8″ (all of it). I rolled it to about 3mm thick instead and was able to make 24 adorable little 1.25″squares, which were delicious of course. Did I miss something or was there a typo somewhere? I am sure they are delicious 1/2″ thick, but I would need to triple the recipe to yield 15 cookies. Thank you in advance for any guidance!!

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    sina / the kosher spoon
    Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:02 am

    the book looks beautiful! I must look at it soon. It’s so encouraging to know each recipe was so thoroughly tested.

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    Bek Watters
    Friday, August 26, 2016 at 5:19 am

    My goodness I am so excited. I have been hanging out for your cookbook ever since you announced that you were writing one… I remember thinking that your autumn/our spring 2016 was just too far away! I’ll be pre-ordering it very soon and i cannot wait to have it in my hands. Congratulations! So so exciting x

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    Melissa@Julia's Bookbag
    Friday, August 26, 2016 at 2:05 am

    every year I ask for a new cookbook for Christmas. this is what i’ll be asking for. SO excited!

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    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Congratulations, Sarah! It looks and sounds absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to see it 🙂

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    Emma Galloway
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    SO exciting, I’m such a huge fan of you and your work love xx

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    Ann Burns
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Congratulations, Sarah – I have just pre-ordered a copy. A gorgeous book and even if we are coming into summer very quickly here, I know I will be baking those brownies!

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    robyn holland |
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I cannot stinking WAIT for your book. I’m so proud of you! I know, I know, I don’t know you at all, but I’m such a fan of your blog and have been reading for a while – from one obsessed baker to another, I am just so stinking excited to bake from your beautiful collection of recipes. Sending lots of hugs and confetti your way! CONGRATS!! xo

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Oh my goodness I’m so excited for you Sarah! I cannot wait to pour over this book’s beautiful pages, you are incredible <3

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    bob harold
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Sarah..BIG congrats on your dedication and your cookbook. It will be a BIG success.

    I am soooooooooo proud of you.


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    Aimee Wimbush-Bourque
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Congratulations! I cannot wait to have this book for my holiday baking. xo

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    Ellie | Hungry by Nature
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Congratulations!! And those images are STUNNING. Cannot wait!

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    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 10:49 am

    YAY, YAY, YAY!!! I’m so happy and excited for you, Sarah. It’s going to be amazing.

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    Linda Mueller
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Sweet! Cannot wait to get my copy and spend the winter baking!
    As I have sampled many of your recipes, I am doubly excited!

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    Clair Anderson
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Way to go Sarah!!! So excited for you and the book. Congrats!!

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    Abby | Lace & Lilacs
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 10:15 am

    This book couldn’t be any more gorgeous, Sarah. I love, love, love this little preview and can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands. Congratulations times infinity. After following your blog for several years and baking many of your recipes, I couldn’t be more thrilled about this beautiful book!

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    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 10:07 am

    So exciting, Sarah! My favorite cookbooks are baking books and I cannot wait to see yours!

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    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Can’t wait! I already ordered my copy

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 9:49 am

    It looks AMAZING! Congratulations!!!

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Ahhhh so excited! This fall’s cookbook lineup is making me giddy. Congrats!!!

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    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Sarah this is amazing!! Congratulations on a huge milestone! Will definitely be ordering this…

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    Sarah // The Sugar Hit
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 2:47 am

    SO DANG EXCITED FOR YOUR BOOK! It looks absolutely gorgeously everything I dreamed it would be. CANNOT WAIT, you magical genius!

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