The Christmas cookies I make for my family are pretty much the same from year to year, but there is always one that's different; the one we bake to give. Before I start, I pull out my favorite cookie cookbooks, old saved editions of Christmas magazines and my family recipes and pore over it all to find just the right cookie for gift-giving.
This year's cookie has yet to be decided, but this is one we've had this year and it is in the running so far.
This year's cutout cookie is decorated with a big "C" that does double-duty; it's both our family monogram and stands for "Christmas."
There's nothing that matches the simple joy of a perfect sugar cookie. These are buttery and soft, just the way kids love them.