Holiday Cookie Bake-Off: Submit your recipes before midnight tonight

Have you submitted your recipe yet? You only have until Tuesday night at midnight to enter our fourth annual Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off.

If you think you've got the best holiday cookies ever, go to our Facebook page and submit your 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.

We have more than 200 entries so far! If you're curious about the competition, check out the Hazelnut Diamonds from Ruth Honegger of Los Angeles. She writes:

"Growing up in Switzerland, winter meant an extensive baking season, full of cookies, cakes and breads of of all types. After I made my home and family in Los Angeles I maintained that tradition for a long time. In recent years however, the once-extensive assortment of holiday cookies has begun to shrink. 

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"One cookie, the hazelnut diamond, continues to make an appearance every year, back by popular demand. The inspiration for this recipe comes from a book describing baked goods in the childhood home of Johanna Spyri, the author of the Heidi books. 

"Through the years I have perfected the recipe for the cookies that I had always imagined in Johanna’s kitchen."

Think you can do better? Well, don't just sit there. Show us. Through our Facebook page, enter our fourth annual Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-off. Entries must be submitted by midnight.

Every year, we get hundreds of entries and thousands of votes cast, so get your recipes in 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 L.A. 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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