December calendars are packed with parties and travel, so it can be hard to bake one batch of cookies, let alone the requisite assortment for a cookie plate. CHOW to the rescue! We developed five cookie recipes (and two candy recipes) that had to fit three criteria: supereasy, delicious, and beautiful. No rolling out dough, no icing required, no candy thermometers, no multiple steps. Internally, we referred to this as our “slacker cookie plate.” But anybody who eats these will think you’re a winner. Click each cookie to go to its recipe.

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