Makes 3 dozen small cookies
½ cup unsalted sweet butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 ¾ cups chunky peanut butter
2 ¾ cups AP flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon large crystal white sanding sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a kitchen stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add peanut butter and vanilla bean paste and allow to mix until incorporated. Stir baking soda into the flour and add flour. Mix until flour is incorporated.
Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop cookie batter out onto cookie sheet leaving a 3 inch radius around each cookie. Slightly flour your hand and gently press down cookies. Using a lightly floured fork, press with fork to leave a crisscross (hashtag) pattern on top of the cookie. Sprinkle with sanding sugar if desired.
Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges of the cookie are light golden brown. Remove from oven and allow the cookie to cool on the cookie sheet.