1 cup Butter or margarine; softened
1 1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Milk
2 tsp. Vanilla
2/3 cup Cocoa
2 cup Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
Orange and green filling (recipe below)
In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla until well blended. Stir together flour, cocoa and salt; add to butter mix, mixing until well blended. Refrigerate dough 1-2 hours or until firm enough to handle. Preheat oven to 350~. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Shape dough into 1″ balls. Place on cookie sheets. Press thumb gently in center of each cookies. You may need to coat finger with sugar for indentation to remain. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheets to wire rack. Cool completely. Spoon about 1/4 tsp orange filling in each thumbprint. Decorate with green filling to look like stem of a pumpkin.
ORANGE AND GREEN FILLING:
1 cup Powdered sugar
2 TB Butter or margarine; softened
4 tsp. Milk
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Grated orange peel
In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, softened butter, milk and vanilla. Beat on high until smooth. Remove scant 2 TB of filling. Tint this with green food color; set aside. Add freshly grated orange peel to remaining icing and use red and yellow food coloring to make orange.
Make icing and omit food coloring and orange peel. Decorate cookies to look like ghosts.