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Welcome to the L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off

October 21, 2010 |  6:06 am

Holiday_cookies300 What's your favorite holiday cookie recipe? And what makes it so special? Why does your family love it so? And would you be willing to share that with the rest of us?

Welcome to the first-ever L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. From now until Nov. 15, we welcome you to upload that recipe  -- and the story behind it -- to our database. We'd love a photo too!

Here's how the contest works: Readers will vote online for their favorite cookies. Go ahead -- vote for your own cookie, and ask your family and friends to cast their ballots in your favor too. From there, we're enlisting some pastry-chefs-in-training at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena to test the top vote-getters and help winnow them down to the 10 favorites.

We'll fete the winners in a style becoming a foodie: You'll come down to the L.A. Times Test Kitchen for photos and a tour. And we'll publish those recipes in the L.A. Times Food section in December.

Don't worry if your cookie isn't an original work of art. If your family's favorite cookie comes from Martha Stewart Living, no problem. We just ask that you do your best to give credit where credit is due. (And if you need some inspiration, check out some of our favorite cookies from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen.)

Most important, we want to know why it just wouldn't be a joyous holiday season in your household without your favorite cookie.

For you social-media hounds, join us on Twitter to chat about our favorite cookies: #LATcookies.

And let me be one of the first to say: Happy holidays!

--Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch

Photo: Read the story behind these holiday cookies -- the ones Times staff writer Mary MacVean's mother made for her -- by clicking here. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times