Adapted from my friend Paula who had her recipe posted in Southern Living
2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla
4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
Icing #1 (enough for half a batch):
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Icing #2 (enough for half a batch)
1 cup powdered sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon hot water
M & Ms, optional garnish
Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time and mix till well blended. Add vanilla. Add flour and salt and mix till dough forms. Cover and chill dough at least an hour.
Preheat oven to 300º. Line baking sheets with parchment. Roll dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Press your thumb into the center of each dough ball, leaving a round indentation. Bake for about 20 minutes. Do not let brown.
necessary, carefully use your thumb or the back of a measuring spoon to
re-indent cookies after they come out of the oven. Allow to cool. Fill
indentation with icing of your choice. Top with an M & M if
To make Icing #1, heat sugar, cocoa and milk in saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for a couple minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in butter and vanilla. Allow to cool, then whip to spreading consistency.
To make Icing #2, mix powdered sugar and butter. Add enough water to bring to spreading consistency. Add food coloring if desired.
Makes about 7 dozen.