As you bite into the crispy edge of the cookie sandwich, the creamy center starts to ever-so-slowly squish from the middle to the sides as if to escape. Luckily, the peanut butter is just thick enough in consistency not to completely ooze onto your fingers. You get a little crunch from the course rainbow sugar sprinkled on top, a little salt from the peanut butter, and are left with lingering vanilla beans on your tongue to finish off your first perfect bite.
By themselves, the cookies are delightful. A good basic sugar cookie elevated by real vanilla beans and made sparkly by brightly colored sugar. You could use non-pareils or jimmies but I liked the texture the coarse sugar created. The key for me is to bake them just so that the edges get golden brown but the middle is still soft and just an eek under fully baked.
batter specked with vanilla beans!
sparkly little dough balls
Ok, now to make this little lovelies. I pieced these gems together from combining the cookie recipe from Joy the Baker with the Peanut Butter Buttercream recipe of Handmade Charlotte.