And here is one of the easiest, but still festive, cookies possible: Holiday M&M Cookies.
Take your basic chocolate chip cookie batter, mix in Christmas M&Ms instead of chocolate chips -- does it get any easier than that??? I think not! And you can't deny that they look very seasonal ... :)
Here's my standard recipe, which makes a bunch o' cookies. But then, between the parties, the gifts, the needing sustenance while you do the rest of your shopping and baking, leaving treats and a glass of milk for Santa ... well, who could possibly have too many cookies?!?!?
Holiday M&M Cookies
1-1/4 cups sugar
1-1/4 cups brown sugar
1-1/2 cups butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 package holiday M&Ms
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar, brown sugar, butter and vanilla; mix in eggs and cinnamon.
Stir in flour, baking soda and salt until well combined; add M&Ms.
Roll batter into 1" balls, and place onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or so, 'til golden around the edges. Remove to a rack and cool completely.
Makes about 60+ cookies.