I made the plain recipe but omitted the orange zest, not sure if it really needed the vanilla bean, I think a teaspoon of pure vanilla would have done the job, these are a light buttery cookies that just melts in your mouth, a wonderful addition to any cookie tray, thanks for sharing Toni!...Kitten
Can't believe I forgot to review these! I made these last week for Thanksgiving with the ILs. They loved these. They are indeed light and airy, and not overly sweet. I will make them again for Christmas. They are also easy--a gorgeous patterned cookie without undue effort. Thanks Mean Chef!