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This week's recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

December 17, 2011 |  7:00 am

This week, Food shares the top stories and recipes from our this year's Holiday Cookie Bake-Off

Many hands help make holiday cookies. That's true when you're gathered with family and friends and vats of colored icing. It's true when you're running a contest for cookie recipes, when it takes thousands of readers, dozens of cooking school students and five hungry judges to choose the best. And, it turns out, that's even true if you're one of the winners.

This year's Holiday Cookie Bake-Off attracted nearly 200 recipe entries. More than 7,000 votes were cast by readers on our Facebook page. We took the top 50 vote-getters to the folks at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, and students and faculty there baked them all off.

After tasting and testing, we took the top 10 and the winners to the Test Kitchen, where they were photographed with their amazing cookies.

Phyllis Glazer also shares some great ways to share the traditions of Hanukkah with your kids by bringing them into the kitchen.

This week's recipes include:

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Photo: The holiday cookie bake-off winners are, from left, Zaira Angelo, Tene Harris, Nicole Cleghorn, Kim Nykanen, Kristen Johnson, Vicki Wawerchak, Cheryl Margolin (in front, in white pants), Kim Gerber, Monika Csaszni and Ronna Ballister. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.