Checkerboard cookies look difficult to make, but they’re actually pretty easy. Start with one batch of vanilla cookie dough, add chocolate to half of it, form four long, square logs, layer the dough into a checkerboard pattern, and slice. These not-too-sweet cookies will be right at home on a holiday cookie plate, at a bake sale, or shipped in a care package.
Game plan: The checkerboard logs can be frozen for up to a month—just wrap the plastic-covered dough logs tightly in aluminum foil before freezing. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before slicing and baking.