Bad news should always be accompanied by home-baked cookies. Always. Write that down. While I make no boasts about my cooking skills, my cookies are generally well-received. And somehow, shortbread cookies always come out on top. They require the baking skills of a six-year-old but magically come out looking uniform, shimmering in sugar, and flawlessly flaky. Really, four ingredients never looked so good.
I generally start with this recipe, and omit the crazy upgraded skills like melting chocolate or half-dipping. Start with a good butter and a good vanilla, and you're halfway done. I also don't have fancy things like cookie-cutters. I find a rolled sheet of dough and a knife work just as well (I'm sure they taste the same, too). And, if you ever think it's too early in the day to start taste-testing your masterpieces...just know, they are great dipped in black coffee.