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Vegan cookie recipes? Sugar-free cookie recipes? Send them our way

Do you have a wonderful sugar-free holiday cookie in your repertoire? How about one that's vegan or gluten free?

If so, please submit it for the Taste section's 11th annual Christmas cookie issue that publishes Nov. 28.

Besides the usual cookies laden with powdered sugar and powered by chocolate and peppermint, we are looking for a few recipes this year that cater to people with dietary issues. After all, everyone deserves a sweet treat at the holidays. Besides these types of cookies, we are greedy for others: bars, drops and cutouts; with nuts and without; iced, plain and sprinkled; gingerbread and shortbread.

The cookie issue will include two dozen of the best reader recipes, all tested by the Tampa Bay Times.

Simpler recipes and those that don't require a lot of equipment make the cut more often than difficult ones. We always look for a few that are easy for children to make.

Our goal is to find about 35 recipes to test. The cookies are baked in a home kitchen, and if they don't turn out well the first time, we don't normally make them again unless they have great promise. We figure if they don't work for us, they won't work for you. Nobody has time at the holidays for baking disasters, right?

Our biggest challenge is finding candied cherries early in the season. Well, that and not packing on the pounds from all that sampling.

As always, we look forward to hearing from you. It's the sweetest time of the year.

Janet K. Keeler, Times food and travel editor

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