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December 25, 2013 |
Outside a Subway restaurant in West Hollywood, Michael Hope adjusted his Santa hat, stuffed a festive Christmas bag with cellophane-wrapped cookies and prepared to make his first delivery. "OK, let's see who's working," said Hope, 36, as he walked into the Subway. Andrew Neal, 29, peered through the window. Like Hope and Neal in Los Angeles, volunteers around the country spent Christmas delivering homemade cookies to gas station attendants, baristas, grocery store clerks and others who had pulled the holiday shift.
December 7, 2013 |
Over 250 entries were submitted in the L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off this year, and more than 3,700 votes were cast by readers. We took the top 50 vote-getters and put them to the test today at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Pasadena . Judges included Food editor Russ Parsons, deputy Food editor Betty Hallock, KCRW's Good Food host Evan Kleiman and myself. The results are in! Here are our 10 favorite holiday cookies from this year's Cookie Bake-Off: Suzie's sugar cookies -- Sheri Miyamoto Mom's holiday crescent cookies -- Jeanne Kantak Czechoslovakian nut bars -- Mary Martin Chocolate peanut butter crinkles -- Carol Gendel Frosted orange crispies -- Penny Haselmo Meyer lemon lavender shortbread -- Deb Love Brown butter pecan shortbread -- Zora Margolis Chocolate peppermint snaps -- Ben Rode Pistachio-cranberry icebox cookies -- Sandra Lee Smith Candy cane chocolate mandel bread -- Gail Field RECIPES: Check out our past Holiday Bake-Off finalists and more in our new California Cookbook We'll be inviting the readers who submitted the top 10 cookie recipes to downtown L.A. for a tour of the Test Kitchen and to be photographed in our studio.
November 22, 2013 |
We're now taking votes for the fourth annual Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. We have more than 250 tempting entries to choose from, so make your voice heard! Go to our Facebook page and vote for your favorite. If you're curious about some of the entries, check out the Cubicle Christmas Cookies from Johanna Cronin of Los Angeles. She writes: "When the holidays hit, my coworkers start expecting my Cubicle Christmas Cookies every Friday afternoon. Filled with Irish cream whiskey and espresso, they are the perfect 3 p.m. pick-me-up for every office dweller.
November 19, 2013
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.
November 18, 2013 |
Have you submitted your recipe yet? You only have until Tuesday midnight to enter our fourth annual Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. Think you've got the best holiday cookies ever? We have more than 200 entries so far! If you're curious about the competition, check out Abuelita's Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Jon-Michael Hice of Northridge. He writes: "Celebrating Christmas and the various traditions vary from family to family. Growing up in a Latino family, it was tradition to attend midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, then return home to open Christmas presents and enjoy the festivities.
November 14, 2013 |
Have you entered your cookies yet? Submit your recipe now for the fourth annual Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. Think you've got the best holiday cookies ever? Curious about the competition? Check out these orange-glazed carrot cookies from Karen Raz of Santa Monica. She writes: "My roommate in college used to come back from weekends at home loaded up with fresh baked treats from her grandmother. They were always made from scratch, usually chocolate chip cookies or apple pies, and if we were lucky, a batch of carrot cookies too. They were soft and cake-like and coated in a citrus glaze.