Video: Meet the L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off winners

In the days leading up to Hanukkah and Christmas, we’ve featured the recipes of this year’s Holiday Cookie Bake-Off winners: cherry-pistachio rugelach, snow cookies, lemony shortbread, rosemary apricot bars, almond sweeties and more.

More than 120 entries were submitted in the annual L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off this year, and readers cast more than 2,500 votes to determine the top 50 cookies.

And in a final taste test, the top 10 winners were chosen and their recipes published in the L.A. Times’ Saturday section.

The top 10 winners also came to downtown L.A. for a tour of the Test Kitchen and were photographed in our studio. Now meet some of the winners, who helped make the holidays that much more delicious.

Many thanks again to Samantha Ferraro for her cherry-pistachio rugelach; Christina Conte and her snow cookies; Linda Amendt, who submitted cranberry orange pockets; Carol Eblen and her lemony moons and stars shortbread; Joan Herzberg and her Santa’s coat buttons; Deb Love for her Mexican wedding cakes; Lida Frankel’s gluten-free wedding cakes; Sean Early and his Joulu Pipparkakor; Kelli Abrahamian, who submitted rosemary apricot bars; and Laurel Gillis and her almond sweeties.



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