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L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off: Tasting the top 50

November 20, 2011 |  2:57 pm


It ain't easy being a cookie judge. But Food Editor Russ Parsons, Times Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter, Deputy Food Editor Betty Hallock, Cordon Bleu dean Lachlan Sands and Cordon Bleu student Katherine Berg rose to the occasion -- to choose the 10 best cookies from the 50 finalists in the second annual L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off.   

Candy cane cookies, double-chocolate cookies, macaroons, ginger snaps ... the judges tasted and carefully considered them all. The cookies, baked by students at the Pasadena Cordon Bleu culinary school, were judged by flavor, texture, richness, visual appearance and holiday spirit. The top cookies were the clear front runners, so no tie-breakers were necessary. The 10 highest-scoring cookies will be announced on the Daily Dish Monday, and the recipes will be published in the Food section in December. 


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Photo credit: Noelle Carter