Perfect for the holidays, these cheery butter cookies flecked with red and green can be made weeks ahead and stored in the freezer so that they can be baked and served in minutes. Experiment with different types of chocolate, fruit, and nuts; the dough is extremely versatile and can be made with just about any combination you like.
What to buy: You will need unsalted pistachios for this recipe. Check out NutsOnline for a huge selection of nuts and dried fruits. Nuts stored at room temperature can go rancid in a few weeks; store them in an airtight container in the freezer, where they will keep well for several months.
Game plan: The cookie dough must chill for about 2 hours in the freezer in order to be firm enough to cut. If it has been frozen for longer than a few hours, you will need to let it thaw for about 30 minutes at room temperature before slicing the cookies.
This recipe was featured as part of our Holiday Cookies photo gallery.