Dark Chocolate Vanilla Cookies
"It's not often that we find someone who doesn't like a great, soft, crumbly chocolate cookie, so these are our go-to treats that serve many purposes," say Todd Porter and Diane Cu. "When there are new neighbors, we welcome them to the neighborhood with a platter. If our mail carrier or UPS driver is working hard and delivering heavy packages to us, we'll send out a thank-you in a bag of these cookies. Need to apologize to someone? These are the perfect catalysts to start the conversation again and to admit that you screwed up. Dark Chocolate Vanilla Cookies double as the perfect holiday baked good, too, because the light dusting of powdered sugar adds the perfect analogy to soft, drifting snow. Better yet, pairing these with some eggnog or hot apple cider is a fabulous finish to a feast. These chocolate cookies are best eaten while still warm (aren't most cookies?) or at least on the same day."