I chose to use the recipe that was in the December issue of Living. I was very simple. And of course, I went with the chocolate. The recipe on the website and the one in the magazine are different. The dough in 'Living' can be used for many different types of cookies and this is one variation.
On a funny note: Charlie was being Charlie and bought me a present. A new paddle attachment for my mixer that scrapes the edges of the bowl while it mixes. It's so cool and I really wanted one. As soon as he gave it to me I tossed the old paddle. Guess what. The new paddle is for a 4.5-5 quart mixer and mine is a 6 quart. The blade didn't come close to touching the sides or the bottom. So I guess I get to go exchange it. But isn't he sweet for at least thinking of it?
And that being said, I got to use my handy-dandy hand mixer on this one. They are very simple to make but you can't be in a hurry. Refrigeration is a very important step. It is a basic cookie recipe. Cream butter and sugar. Mix flour, cocoa and salt. Add egg and vanilla to the creamed butter, then mix in flour.
Roll into balls, make indentation with your thumb and refrigerate. After a short baking time, redo the indentation with the end of a wooden spoon and complete baking.
When they are completely cooled, make a ganache and spoon into thumbprints. The ganache will set up and you will have this:
The cookies by themselves are not too sweet. Charlie said they definitely need the filling. He wasn't thrilled with them but said they were ok. And the proof of that is he only ate 3 of them. The rest will go to the office with me today.
Thanks again Pru for picking this one. I needed to jump start my holiday baking and this got me going!