A chocolate rosemary shortbread, with an unexpected pink grapefruit glaze, elicited a chorus of "Ohs!" from our tasting panel. Mexican hot chocolate cookies, dusted with chili powder, delivered a kick with their tender, chewy texture. Moroccan wedding cookies made cinnamon their centerpiece, to tasty effect. Other favorites included an almost-healthful, no-bake creation called almond-coconut dark chocolate treats, Italian lemon knots from a 97-year-old reader and a gorgeous chocolate caramel thumbprint that's a favorite of a family known for baking as many as 100 dozen cookies any given December. Click through to find the recipes for our 10 winners for 2012.
Algerina Perna, The Baltimore Sun; food styling by Julie Rothman
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