It’s only taken thirteen years, but I feel as if our household has finally gotten the hang of a simple Christmas, planning ahead, not taking on too much and really enjoying the days of baking and making gifts. The girls helped me make a slew of cookie dough which we then wrapped in plastic wrap and then parchment paper, added a label and called them gifts. The idea being that these sweet logs of butter and flour are frozen until such time that the recipients deem they need a sugar fix. One, two or lots more slices later and freshly baked cookies emerge from their ovens – after the holidays when the baking blitz has died off. Your favorite cookie recipes will most likely be forgiving enough to work well, as will one’s that I’ve posted before: Annie’s Butter Cookies, Grandma’s Ginger Cookies, Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies, and the Cinnamon Pecan Oatmeal Cookies that are part of this week’s column along with Raisin, Molasses Granola and Cranberry Ginger Granola.