The holidays are a time when I relish baking and cooking amazing things for others more than I do the rest of the year. My love language always involves sugar, butter, and bacon, but at no time is this more evident than during the Christmas season. I generally revel in baking 17 different kinds of cookies for my friends, though that often leaves me feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and downright hateful. This year, in an attempt to stave off said hysteria, I am going simpler–at least in terms of my basic recipe. I will be using one recipe for shortbread cookies, creating 8 base batches of said recipe, and then tweaking each batch with sweet and savory additions. On the schedule are Russian tea cakes, chocolate dipped shortbread, rosemary shortbread, millionaire’s shortbread, cranberry and white chocolate shortbread, and thumbprint shortbread (shortbread buttons and lemon glazed shortbread are on the back burner..depends on how adventurous I feel).