So it's cloudy and rainy today and I wasn't really feelin' a bunch of sweets, so I went for a soft shortbread type cookie with chocolate because I make no sense at all.
(Sorry the photos are so dark / overexposed. It's overcast as hell, like I can't even see the ocean today OMG so sad for me.)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 3/4 - 2 cups flour
Cream together your butter and sugar. Slowly add vanilla and salt. Add in the flour in 1/4 cup increments. Be careful of the dough texture; you want it somewhat dry, but not crumbly.
Bake at 375 for 8 minutes. While cooling on a wire rack, you can make the chocolate topping.
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbs. cocoa powder
1-2 Tbs. hot water
Using a hand mixer or a whisk, blend all ingredients together until a thick liquid forms. Because we're using hot water, the mixture will slowly thicken up. You can also add more powdered sugar (or butter) if you prefer your topping to be thick like frosting.
When cookies are cool enough to handle, pipe some of the topping into the thumbprints. Mine was extra runny because I was excited, obviously.
Chill the cookies for about 10 minutes to set them up, and enjoy.