1 cup butter at room temperature
2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup baking cocoa
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter & sugar until smooth; beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt and gradually add it to the creamed mixture.
Roll dough into 1½" balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheet (I baked mine on parchment paper). Pinch the top of the cookie to form ears. For the whiskers, press a fork on each cat cheek (at 45 degree angle according to hubby). Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, remove from oven and immediately press candy corns into the cookie to form the eyes and use a red hot for the cat nose (I just cut off the end of a candy corn and used that). Cool on wire racks. Makes 24.
NOTE: Hubby says my whisker angle made these "cats" look angry lol. Maybe he is right about angling the fork tines a little more.