Thanks to all the Star Tribune readers who submitted recipes to the 17th annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest. Last week, we sorted through nearly 200 entries and selected 15 semifinalists. A dozen skilled volunteer bakers worked their magic in the kitchen, then eight judges threw themselves into a cookie-tasting marathon, culminating in the selection of this year’s winner and four finalists. We can’t wait to publish the (delicious) results in the Dec. 5 issue of Taste. You can find cookie recipes from the past at The first 15 years of contest winners are compiled in “The Great Minnesota Cookie Book,” by Lee Svitak Dean and Rick Nelson, available at and at bookstores.