2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, soft
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise ( if you don't have access to vanilla beans increase extract to 2 tsp)
3 c confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (clear)
2 TBSP fat free half and half (heavy cream works well also)
In a standing mixer with a whisk attachment, beat butter at med high speed until smooth. Using a sharp knife split vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape seeds from bean, place into butter and mix. Add confectioners sugar, and salt. Scrape sides of bowl often. Add vanilla and half and half, beat at medium speed until incorporated. Increase speed to medium high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. I like to place my frosting in a piping bag and then refrigerate before using. Makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes.
Slice it lengthwise
Scrape seeds out with sharp knife
See the yummy vanilla seeds?