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L.A. Times' Holiday Cookie Bake-Off: 2011 results

Many hands help make holiday cookies. That's true when you're gathered with family and friends and vats of colored icing. It's true when you're running a contest for cookie recipes, when it takes thousands of readers, dozens of cooking school students and five hungry judges to choose the best. And, it turns out, that's even true if you're one of the winners.

This year's Holiday Cookie Bake-Off attracted nearly 200 recipe entries. More than 7,000 votes were cast by readers on our Facebook page. We took the top 50 vote-getters to the folks at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, and students and faculty there baked them all off.

Recipe: Granny's sugar cookies

One of the 10 winners from the Los Angeles Times' Holiday Cookie Bake-Off Contest is Granny's sugar cookies, from Vicki Wawerchak of West Los Angeles.

Recipe: Ambrosia macaroons

A recipe for ambrosia macaroons from Tene Harris of Los Angeles, one of the 10 best in the Los Angeles Times 2011 Holiday Cookie Bake-Off Contest.

Recipe: White chocolate turtle cookies

A recipe for white chocolate turtle cookies from Nicole Cleghorn of North Dakota, one of the 10 best in the Los Angeles Times 2011 Holiday Cookie Bake-Off Contest.

Recipe: Cranberry thumbprints

A recipe for cranberry thumbprints from Kim Gerber of Calabasas, one of the 10 best in the Los Angeles Times 2011 Holiday Cookie Bake-Off Contest.

Recipe: Sweet tart oat nut bars

Sweet tart oat nut bars, a recipe from Ronna Ballister of Altadena, is one of the 10 winners of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off.

Recipe: Dulce de leche cookies

A recipe for dulce de leche cookies, from Zaira Angelo of Pomona, one of the 10 best in the Los Angeles Times 2011 Holiday Cookie Bake-Off Contest.

Recipe: Chocolate raspberry Linzer cookies

A recipe for chocolate raspberry Linzer cookies from Cheryl Margolin of Lake Elsinore, one of the 10 best in the Los Angeles Times' 2011 Holiday Cookie Bake-Off Contest.

Recipe: Almond candy cane cookies

A recipe for almond candy cane cookies from Kristen Johnson of Santa Monica, one of the 10 best in the Los Angeles Times' 2011 Holiday Cookie Bake-Off Contest.

Recipe: Ronnie's raspberry crescents

A recipe for Ronnie's raspberry crescents from Kim Kykanen of Claremont, one of the 10 best in the Los Angeles Times 2011 Holiday Cookie Bake-Off Contest.

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