With just Bud and I it is unnecessary for me to bake dozens of cookies, even though I would love to do it! My mom would only make homemade cookies at Christmas: chocolate chip, sugar cookies (using a special glass to dip into the colored sugar), and decorated cookies, too. It's hard to make enough cookies when you have 8 kids at home, dying to chow down.
Bud would eat all the cookies I make, but be filled with self-loathing while enjoying them. So to save him from feeling guilty for not being able to withstand the cookie temptations I could throw his way, I only make two types of cookies the week before Christmas: chocolate chip, and chocolate crinkle cookies. I must admit, the choc chip cookies are just the slice 'n bake variety (which Bud just loves), but the chocolate crinkle are homemade. They are like little bites of heaven! Click for the recipe courtesy of About.com--they are very easy to make. You even get a few hours to sip some mulled wine or a hot chocolate in between mixing and baking! Or if you're really ambitious--go work out at the gym so you can enjoy some without the guilt.
I'll be making some of these this week, along with pumpkin bread, banana bread, and who knows what else?