Vanilla Bean “Crush” lovely in Shortbread Hearts

Posted by Foodie Daily



Sonoma Syrup Co., a maker of all natural classic American Infused Simple Syrups and Artisan Extracts launched a new line of alcohol free extracts: Vanilla and Vanilla Bean “Crush.” and they are changing the reason people long for Shortbread.

Due to high consumer demand for healthier non-alcohol food products, Sonoma Syrup has launch the product. “From the beginning we have had a commitment to all natural products of extraordinary quality,” says Karin Campion, Sonoma Syrup Co.’s founder. “The step into all natural non-alcohol extracts is one more way that we can offer our customers a non-alcohol premium option with the same great flavor profile of our award winning Artisan Extracts.”

These Artisan extracts, like all Sonoma Syrup Co. products, are handcrafted in small batches in Northern California. Using an exclusive cold process method, the integrity of the products is preserved – and this translates into incredible taste profiles. Like the company’s existing line of Vanilla, Almond, and Lemon Extracts, the Alcohol Free Extracts are all natural, Kosher, non-gmo ingredients and sugar free. They are available in 4 oz. amber PET free bottles to preserve freshness and one gallon for foodservice and bakery.

Sonoma Syrup Co.’s Alcohol Free Vanilla Extract and Crush are made from the finest quality premium Madagascar Bourbon and Tahitian vanilla beans, with a robust, floral and aromatic, sweet vanilla flavor.

Crush contains the fine seeds of the vanilla beans for a culinary taste in crème brulee, vanilla bean sables and ice cream. According to Campion, using our vine-ripened vanilla beans similar to allowing fruit to ripen on the vine “creates a distinct vanilla, much more pure and rich tasting than what most people are accustomed to. They are thrilled when they use it.”

Our other award winning extracts include Almond Extract, a special extra 5% strength, using the finest quality oil of bitter almond available with a warm and sweet nutty flavor that is ideal for baking and cooking. The Lemon Extract provides the bright and exquisite aroma and flavor of California lemons offers a simple way to improve the zesty flavor of recipes calling for lemon extract.

Sonoma Syrup Co.’s Alcohol Free Extracts launched at the 2014 NASFT Winter Food Show in San Francisco. The 4 oz. Alcohol Free Vanilla Bean “Crush” has a suggested retail of $13.99 and the Alcohol Free Vanilla Extract $12.99.  Visit their website http://www.sonomasyrup.com


Hear Shaped Shortbread Cookies



Makes about 2 dozen cookies


3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, King Arthur is best

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoons Vanilla Bean Extract or ‘Crush’


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy and light. Sift flour and salt and add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla and blend. Gather dough into ball, wrap in plastic wrap, slightly flatten and chill for 2 to 3 hours. Roll out chilled dough to 5/8” thickness. Use a 3” heart cookie cutter to cut out cookies. Place on parchment paper covered cookie sheets. Sprinkle with granulated sugar, or vanilla sugar, and bake for 20 minutes or until just starting to color. Cool on a cookie rack.