My favorite cookie (for the moment) is a perfect vanilla sugar cookie. Huge, chewy, and sweet. My friend Beth asked me to make a cookie that had chai spices and pistachios, so I started with my sugar cookie base. Cut back the vanilla by half, and to the the sugar mixture add 1/2 t cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and 1/4 t allspice. Stir in a cup or so of chopped pistachios before forming into balls.