This piece originally appeared on MyRecipes.
It is the single cookie dough recipe you need to see you through every holiday this year, and every year after that. I’m talking all-purpose sugar cookie dough, people.
Speaking as a woman who partakes in marathon baking sessions every holiday season to produce as many different types of cookies as there are days in the month of December, I understand the appeal of trying out new recipes and having a mass array of colors and shapes and flavors to offer on a platter to guests and to your family members (who don’t understand WTF is wrong with you and why you are hell-bent on pushing them towards a relationship with type 2 diabetes every time you visit). Believe me, I understand. But I also understand the necessity to have, if nothing else, one solid, go-to recipe that can serve you time and time again–the adaptable base recipe that has your back under any circumstance. And in terms of cookie baking, that one recipe is this one.