If you or your friends celebrate a non-denominational holiday, decorating gift cookies can present a problem. Until now, that is. Here’s the fourth in our series from the Cherries in Winter cookie swap recipes: Rainbow Cookies! These aren’t petits fours, which are also called Rainbow Cookies, but my friend Lauren’s recipe for a classic sugar cookie base with an added candy crunch. Happy Festivus!

1 cup butter or margarine (containing at least 65 percent vegetable oil)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup M&Ms, Reese’s pieces, or a mixture of both (why not?)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter (or margarine) and sugars, then add eggs and vanilla and mix. In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients, then add dry mixture to wet. Add one half of the candy and mix in gently.
Using a teaspoon, drop dough onto greased cookie sheet. Place remaining candy on top of each cookie.
Bake for ten minutes or until golden brown. (Note: This dough freezes well for use another time. Just roll dough into tube shape and cover with wax paper before freezing.)

This is what the room looked like after eating a few too many cookies. Who needs eggnog?