Yield: Yields about 3 dozen cookies.
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Sift the flour and cocoa together into a medium bowl. With a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and salt; continue beating until blended and smooth, about 1 minute more. Add the flour-cocoa mixture and mix on low speed until a soft dough forms, about 1 minute. Chill the dough in the refrigerator until firm enough to roll into balls, 40 to 60 minutes.
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners.
Using your palms, roll heaping teaspoonfuls of the dough into 1-inch balls. Arrange them 2 inches apart on the lined sheets. With a lightly floured thumb or index fingertip, press straight down into the middle of each ball almost to the cookie sheet to make a deep well. (Or use the end of a thick-handled wooden spoon.)
Bake one sheet at a time until the tops of the cookies look dry, 8 to 9 minutes. Gently redefine the indentations with the end of a wooden spoon. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes and then let them cool completely on racks.
For the best results, measure your flour by weight instead of volume. (1 cup of all-purpose flour equals 4-1/2 oz.) If you don’t have a scale, be sure to use the proper technique when filling your measuring cups.
These are WONDERFUL! We did leave out the peppermint extract but loved the cookie and filling. These were even better the next day. Wonder about a little raspberry jam in the middle - yum!
These cookies are great! I am not sure what the other users who rated this cookie poorly are doing, but I have made this so many times now and have never had any issues. I have even whipped them together in a hurry and they still turned out great! The flavour is great for the holidays. I have made them every Christmas for the past 3 years to rave reviews. This is definitely a good recipe!
Delicious beyond belief! I did roll the dough balls in granulated sugar prior to cooking to add a tad more sweetness. I cannot believe the poor reviews?? I am a foodie and think that this was my "recipe find" of December!
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