Brown Sugar Shortbread:
1 cup butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out (toss the husk into your sugar bin)
1-2 tsp vanilla, depending upon preference
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
beat butter til lightened. mix vanilla bean scrapings into brown sugar, then beat sugar into butter. mix in vanilla. combine flour with salt and add flour to butter/sugar, trying not to overmix.
grease a springform pan, and press dough into a circle. (optionally, at this point, mix 1 tbsp white sugar with 1 tsp or less cinnamon and sprinkle dough). cut into 12 wedges. bake at 325 for 50 min or until firm and golden. cut into wedges again.