Making merry, with our handy recipe archive

A happy outcome of 13 years of the Star Tribune's annual Holiday Cookie Contest? Recipes.

Lots and lots of terrific, habit-forming cookie recipes.

Sixty-seven of them, to be exact.

We've archived them all — including this year's must-bake winner, Apple Cardamom Pecan Star Cookies, from baker Jana Freiband of Minneapolis — in our user-friendly online Cookie Finder. Find it at

Looking for chocolate? Done. A global tour, in your kitchen? Sure. Kid-friendly baking activities? Yep. Instant classics? Absolutely.

In short, there's a festive cookie to meet every need, every whim, every craving, every baking skill level.

For iPad, Kindle and Nook readers, we've collected recipes from the contest's first dozen years in the colorful third edition of "The Cookie Book."

It's available for $2.99 on iTunes, and (or go to for a direct link).

It's not too early to start thinking about next year's contest. We'll be asking for entries in just nine short months, so get baking.