2012 Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest winners [Pictures]
Submissions for this year's annual Baltimore Sun reader holiday cookie-recipe contest ran the gamut from the uber-traditional to the unusual. Alongside classic flavors like peanut butter and chocolate, meringue kisses and lemon-butter were some surprises. Read on for all 10 winning recipes. -- Sarah Kickler Kelber, food editor
• Also see: Baltimore holiday guide
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2012 Reader Cookie Contest Winners
A chocolate rosemary shortbread, with an unexpected pink grapefruit glaze, elicited a chorus of "Ohs!" from our tasting panel.
Mexican hot chocolate cookies, dusted with chili powder, delivered a kick with their tender, chewy texture.
Moroccan wedding cookies made cinnamon their centerpiece, to tasty effect.
Other favorites included an almost-healthful, no-bake creation called almond-coconut dark chocolate treats, Italian lemon knots from a 97-year-old reader and a gorgeous chocolate caramel thumbprint that's a favorite of a family known for baking as many as 100 dozen cookies any given December.
Click through to find the recipes for our 10 winners for 2012.