I've never been a fan of Christmas cookies. In my experience they tend to be bland sugar cookies pressed into vaguely holiday-ish shapes and buried beneath a mountain of colored sugars. My cooking companion is Hindu and freely admits that her Christmas repertoire is fairly limited as well.
We hewed closely to the Cooks Illustrated "Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe." Any white or regular chocolate chips should do but candied ginger can be a pain to find. Luckily, Cost Plus World Market offers a excellent brand that is reasonably priced. If you're a DIY you might be interested in trying your own hand at making candied ginger.
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