Brown-Eyed Susans

These thumbprint cookies hold up well for shipping. Add them to your next care package!

Makes: 60Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 40 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 60


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. strong hot coffee
  • 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Beat butter, vanilla, and granulated sugar until very light. Blend in flour and salt.
  • Shape teaspoons of dough into balls. Place on baking sheet. Press thumb in center to make an indentation.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven and press center down again if necessary. Cool.
  • Combine confectioners’ sugar and cocoa. Add hot coffee and vanilla; stir until smooth. Use to fill depression in each cookie.