Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large bowl on medium
speed of mixer until creamy. Add eggs; beat well.
Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture,
beating until well blended. Drop dough by slightly heaping 1/4 cupfuls onto ungreased
cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart (put only 4 on a cookie sheet). Shape into balls.
With palm of hand, flatten to 3 1/2-inch rounds.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set.
(Cookies will spread during baking; baked cookies will be about 5 inches in diameter.)
Cool 3 minutes; using a wide spatula, carefully remove from cookie sheet to wire
rack. Cool completely.
Make a pattern of child's hand on paper, with fingers spread. Cut out the
pattern; place pattern on cookie. Using pattern as a guide, outline hand with icing;
repeat with remaining cookies. Garnish if desired.
Makes 12 to 14 cookies.
Posted by bizimouse at Recipe Goldmine 6/13/01 2:31:22 pm.