We’ve rarely treaded into pumpkin spice season, nevertheless it’s already that point of yr once more: We’re accepting recipe submissions for the Chicago Tribune’s thirty seventh annual Vacation Cookie Contest beginning these days.

Going sturdy since 1986 (apart from for a blip in 1999), the cookie contest seeks out Chicagoland’s maximum mouthwatering treats. Who took house the gold final yr? Chicagoan Caroline Crispino for her luscious Chocolate Salted-Caramel Wonder Cookie.

Decorated Snickerdoodle Sugar Cookies by Christine Mayer won third place in the Tribune's 2022 Holiday Cookie Contest.

Perhaps what started as a sourdough starter pandemic acquire morphed right into a full-on baking fixation. Perhaps you’re the Beyoncé of baking on your circle of relatives and the sector wishes to listen to your track. Or, possibly you’re paying attention to the clang of deserted cookie cutters in a cluttered kitchen drawer, beckoning on your go back. Regardless of the explanation, our group is happy to bake — and devour — your recipes, and get to grasp your tales alongside the way in which.

Readers can input their recipes till 11:59 p.m. Oct. 15. Vote casting will start Oct. 16, and readers can vote on-line at chicagotribune.com/cookies2023 as soon as an afternoon for the recipes they need to compete for money prizes for first, 2d and 3rd position. After balloting ends, the highest 12 recipes (with an technique to flip it right into a baker’s dozen of finalists, must our group really feel one recipe deserves the addition, named the Joe Grey Save after a former eating editor) might be baked through Tribune group of workers.

This yr, we’re introducing a panel of visitor judges to assist come to a decision our winners. Martin Sorge, Nirali Chauhan and Sarah Chang, Chicago contestants on this yr’s “Nice American Baking Display,” will assist us come to a decision the most productive of the finalists. Want concepts to get you began? Take a look at their recipes right here.

You’ll be able to additionally in finding extra candy inspiration in our “Vacation Cookies” cookbook, which options profitable cookie contest recipes of many years previous, plus a couple of extras, right here.

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We’ll announce the winners on-line and in print after the Thanksgiving vacation.

Right here’s how to go into:

To go into the Tribune’s thirty seventh annual Vacation Cookie Contest, put up the cookie recipe — describing why it’s particular and the way you evolved the recipe — and a photograph of the cookies (when you’ve got one) under. Please prohibit descriptions to a most of 200 phrases or much less.

Bakers can input their recipes for attention till 11:59 p.m. Oct. 15. In a while, readers will vote on their favorites and slender it down to twelve finalists. Tribune newshounds will bake the finalists’ recipes and our judges will pick out 3 winners. First position wins $250 money; 2d position, $150; 3rd position, $50.

To find the recipes for final yr’s cookie contest winners right here.

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