Natasha Pickowicz

Pastry Chef Natasha Pickowicz loves simple vanilla cookies like these. Vanilla, a notoriously difficult product to grow and source, really shines in this recipe, making the quality especially important. Pickowicz loves Heilala vanilla, which you can buy at To efficiently seed a vanilla bean, use a paring knife to split the bean in half, then use the full edge of the knife to scrape the seeds from the cut sides. Use the seeds immediately, and save beans to infuse sugar, cream, or milk.