Holiday Cookie Bake-Off: Have you entered yet? Check out the competition

Have you entered your cookies yet? Submit your recipe now for the fourth annual Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. Think you've got the best holiday cookies ever?

Curious about the competition? Check out these orange-glazed carrot cookies from Karen Raz of Santa Monica. She writes:

"My roommate in college used to come back from weekends at home loaded up with fresh baked treats from her grandmother. They were always made from scratch, usually chocolate chip cookies or apple pies, and if we were lucky, a batch of carrot cookies too. They were soft and cake-like and coated in a citrus glaze. I have tried to recreate them over the years.

"This recipe comes pretty close, and has also become a favorite for my husband and three boys."

Think you can do better? Well, don't just sit there! Show us. Enter our fourth annual Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-off. Entries must be submitted by Nov. 19 at midnight.

Go to our Facebook page and submit your cookie recipe, along with a short essay about why your cookie is such a holiday favorite. Include a photo if you can; voters will want to see proof.

Every year we get hundreds of entries and thousands of votes cast, so get your recipes up quickly.

You, the readers, will vote online for your favorites. Voting ends at midnight Dec. 2, then we'll test and taste the top 50 vote-getters at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Pasadena to come up with the 10 we like best.

We'll take top vote-getters and try out the cookies in The Times Test Kitchen. The finalists will be invited to the Los Angeles Times for a tour of the Test Kitchen, and will be photographed and featured in a Saturday section article during the holidays.


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