That's your cue to dig through recipe boxes and scour computer files. Call your mother and grandmother, sister and BFF. We want all kinds of cookie recipes: bars, drops or cutouts; with nuts and without; iced, plain and sprinkled; gingerbread, peppermint and chocolate. The elves really love chocolate.
We're not looking for original recipes, just your favorites.
The seventh annual Christmas cookie issue, which publishes Dec. 3 on Tampabay.com and in the St. Petersburg Times, will include two dozen of the most enticing reader recipes, all tested in home kitchens. A color photograph will accompany each recipe.
E-mail as many recipes as you'd like by Sept. 19 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put COOKIES in the subject line and include your name, city of residence and daytime phone number.