For our recent anniversary, I offered to make my husband a batch of whatever cookies he chose. He picked these checkerboard butter cookies, a combination of my Basic Butter Cookie recipe, plus a Mexican Chocolate variation.
this is way way beyond my skill level but too pretty not to pin. make long "snakes" of dough, and snip feathery patterns into the end with kitchen shears. Wrap an extra-long snake around them and bake.